Belgium becomes first country to appoint female envoy to KSA

Dominique Minuer. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 20 December 2017

Belgium becomes first country to appoint female envoy to KSA

RIYADH: Belgium has become the first country to appoint a female diplomat as its ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Dominique Minuer, a veteran diplomat currently serving as ambassador to the UAE, has been named by the Belgian Foreign Ministry as the next envoy to head its diplomatic mission in the Saudi capital.
“The Belgian government has made the decision to move Minuer from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh by the middle of next year,” said Siegfried Peinen, deputy chief of the mission at Belgian Embassy, on Tuesday. “Minuer is likely to arrive in early summer after submission of the diplomatic credentials to the host government,” he said.
Belgium’s public broadcaster VRT said that move is “an international first” which also responds well to a series of social and economic reform measures undertaken by the Kingdom recently.
Yekaterina Majering Mikadze, a Georgian diplomat appointed in 2010, previously had responsibility for Saudi Arabia, but was based in Kuwait and covered a number of neighboring countries. When Georgia later opened an embassy specifically for Saudi Arabia in 2015, it appointed a male ambassador in Riyadh.
The Kingdom and Belgium have been close allies. On the commercial front, the two countries have forged closer ties. Belgian imports from Saudi Arabia have increased by 40 percent from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $2.5 billion last year. On the other hand, Saudi exports of commodities to Belgium increased from $3.8 billion in 2015 to $4.2 billion in 2016. The two sides have shown a keen interest in forging closer investment ties.


Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

Updated 19 February 2020

Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

  • Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges
  • The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities

MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah hosted on Tuesday the first meeting of a joint work team in charge of supervising the pilgrims grouping system.
Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges.
The meeting, which was chaired by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj affairs, Hussein bin Nasser Al-Sharif, stressed the importance of joint efforts to serve and facilitate the pilgrims’ journey and to live up to the leadership’s aspirations.
The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities.
It also considered the development of interactive platforms to exchange ideas for making the Hajj plans a success.
The first joint work team meeting was attended by the Ministry of Interior, the Civil Defense, the General Directorate of Traffic, the Emirate Of Makkah Province, the Makkah Region Development Authority, the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and the Makkah Municipality.