Saudi-Sudan ferry service resumes

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Updated 01 February 2013
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Saudi-Sudan ferry service resumes

Passenger ferry services between Saudi Arabia and Sudan are back to normal following months in hiatus.
People familiar with the maritime transportation industry in Jeddah confirmed late yesterday that after delays due to ship maintenance requirements operations between the two nations have resumed.
“One of the first ferry boats left Jeddah port on Thursday for Sudan’s Sawakein port with 300 passengers on board,” said Nama seaport transportation official Salah Oraibi.
Oraibi said the ferry service between Sawakein and Jeddah will eventually become steady, and reach 24 trips per month with three weekly trips averaging 20,000 passengers.
“The resumption of maritime services between the two countries comes at a time when the Umrah season is in full swing as more and more pilgrims travel by sea to Jeddah. In addition, the ships transport Sudanese laborers to the Kingdom,” said Oraibi.
Capt. Mohammed Aboud Babidan, member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee for Navy Transportation, said that passenger sea movements between the Kingdom’s Red Sea ports and neighboring countries like Egypt and Sudan witnessed a sharp decline of more than 80 percent over a 10-year period. The decline was due to a number of ships sinking in the Red Sea.


Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

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Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

BAGHDAD: The speaker of the Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, on Saturday praised the efforts of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in strengthening Saudi-Iraqi relations.

Al-Asheikh was speaking at the Baghdad Summit of Parliaments of Neighboring Countries of Iraq.

The summit, hosted by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi, gathered top lawmakers from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues. Al-Asheikh said Saudi-Iraqi relations have recently developed after the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Riyadh with a high-level delegation.

Al-Asheikh stressed the desire of both countries’ leaderships to promote bilateral relations and common interests.

“We are meeting today at this summit to celebrate the victory of brotherly Iraq over terrorism and the elimination of the Daesh terrorist organization,” he said. 

“My country has contributed to the efforts of the international coalition forces to eliminate it and enact more legislation and laws that criminalize it.”

Al-Halbousi said his country’s relations with neighboring states are strong, and Iraq intends to develop them. 

“Today, Iraq is building a promising strategic partnership with all neighboring countries without any reservations or favoring any party,” he added.

Visiting officials pledged support for reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq, and for the country’s continued stability following its victory over Daesh after three years of war, Al-Halbousi said.

Iraq continues to fight terror with regional and international assistance, he added, thanking all countries that have supported this fight. 

The summit dealt with a number of topics, notably strengthening parliamentary cooperation between Iraq and neighboring countries, and supporting regional efforts against terrorism.

Baghdad and Riyadh have been at loggerheads since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, but they have recently undertaken a diplomatic push to improve ties.