Saudi crown prince to Putin: ‘Our cooperation is beneficial to the world’

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 14, 2018. (SPA)
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Updated 15 June 2018

Saudi crown prince to Putin: ‘Our cooperation is beneficial to the world’

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Thursday.

Crown Prince Mohammed discussed bilateral issues with the Russian president in addition to Middle East developments and global topics important to both nations. The crown prince said during the meeting that cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia is beneficial to the entire world.

President Putin and his Energy Minister Alexander Novak attended the meeting with the crown prince and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.

The ministers pledged to deepen Saudi-Russian oil and gas cooperation, promote a balanced global oil market that is supported by reliable and sufficient supplies, ensure that national policies support the inclusion of oil and gas as key components in the global energy mix, and promote energy efficiency, sustainability and technological development. 

They agreed to develop a comprehensive bilateral energy agreement, strive for a long-term framework to institutionalize multilateral cooperation toward market stability

The crown prince watched the opening game of the World Cup with the Russian president as the hosts comfortably defeated the Saudi Green Falcons 5-0. The pair were seen talking and gesturing at the match at Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, even doing a fist bump at one point.

Earlier, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Saudi and Russian delegations would discuss a deal to cut global energy production. However, both countries were not planning to exit from the current agreement, Peskov said.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.