Mauritania wants stronger ties with Kingdom

Guests and diplomats at the Mauritanian Independence Day event.
Updated 01 December 2016

Mauritania wants stronger ties with Kingdom

JEDDAH: Mauritanian Consul General in Jeddah Al-Damman Wald Hamar has appealed to Saudi businessmen to invest in Mauritania, taking advantage of the appropriate investment climate in his country and the facilities provided by the government to foreign investors.
The diplomat was speaking at an event here on Monday celebrating the 56th independence day of Mauritania. A number of diplomats of Arab, foreign and African countries attended.
Welcoming the guests, Hamar said Saudi Arabia was one of the first Arab and Islamic countries that established a strong, honest relationship with Mauritania. "The Kingdom has provided Mauritania with both material and moral support generously over the decades.”
“The Mauritanian people agree that the two countries have seen in recent years a quantum leap in relations at various levels through the leaderships of the two countries. The political coordination has witnessed an important development with regard to combating terrorism,” he said.
Mauritania-Saudi relations date back to before the emergence of the modern Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Speaking to Arab News, Hamar referred to King Faisal’s visit to Mauritania in 1972, which saw a significant shift and the start of fraternal relations and bilateral cooperation at political, economic, cultural and scientific levels.
Former Saudi Ambassador to Mauritania Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jabri said he was happy to be part of the celebration of Mauritanian independence day. “I served as the king’s ambassador to Mauritania from 2008 to 2014 and they were the most beautiful years of my life,” he said.
Al-Jabri commended the Saudi-Mauritanian relations and encouraged businessmen and investors to invest in Mauritania, “the land of a million opportunities.”


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)