Riyadh, Kiev cement relations with President Poroshenko’s Saudi visit

King Salman receives Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 02 November 2017

Riyadh, Kiev cement relations with President Poroshenko’s Saudi visit

RIYADH: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed the strong relations between his country and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in official talks with King Salman on Wednesday.
Poroshenko said he hoped to strengthen and develop these relations in all areas, including the economic and investment fields.
During the session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, King Salman and Poroshenko reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two countries. They also attended a signing ceremony of a draft cooperation program and memoranda of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
Before the signing ceremony, King Salman decorated the president with the King Abdul Aziz necklace medal, and received the Order of Yaroslav the Wise of First Class, which is the highest order in Ukraine.
Then, an MoU for investment cooperation in the field of agriculture was co-signed by the Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, and the Ukrainian Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Maxime Martinok.
A draft cooperation program between the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies and the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine was co-signed by Saudi Foreign Minister Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
An MoU for cooperation and exchanging news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the Ukrainian News Agency was co-signed by the SPA President Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussain and the Director General of the Ukrainian News Agency Alexander Kharchenko.
The signing ceremony was attended by a number of princes in addition to Saudi and Ukrainian ministers and senior officials.
Later, Poroshenko received the supervisor of the Public Investment Fund, Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan.

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

AL-AHSA: The creative and cultural achievements of Al-Ahsa Oasis were highlighted by its mayor at a UNESCO meeting in Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Al-Ahsa is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, while also housing prominent archaeological and historical sites.

Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim, head of the Saudi Creative Al-Ahsa delegation to the annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network held in Kanazawa, Japan, provided a detailed presentation on Al-Ahsa’s achievements such as becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018, becoming a member of the Creative Cities Network in the field of handicrafts and folk arts in 2015, and being named as Arab Tourism Capital for 2019 by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism.

The meeting was attended by Mayor of Kanazawa Yukiyoshi Yamano, along with representatives from 30 countries.

Al-Mulhim reviewed projects and events in Al-Ahsa aimed at promoting cultural activities in line with the creative network’s objectives, which include making cities safer and more sustainable. 

Saudi artists perform a dance number during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Povince of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

He said government support for Al-Ahsa’s heritage and creative sectors had led to a increased public awareness about the importance of culture and creativity in shaping a sustainable city, and achieving the goals of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to emphasize the role of culture in sustainable urban development.

Al-Mulhim said that Al-Ahsa had several elements that qualified it as a member of the network, a first for the Kingdom and Gulf Cooperation Council states.

“These elements include the cultural depth of Al-Ahsa in the Arabian Gulf region, owning a rich heritage of crafts and folklore, its environmental and social diversity, and having the required infrastructure to actively participate in national, regional and international events,” he told the meeting.