Saudi tourism and heritage chief concludes official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman visits former grand mufti, Sheikh Mustafa Ceric, at his home in Sarajevo. (SPA)
Updated 25 July 2018

Saudi tourism and heritage chief concludes official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Prince Sultan visited the Balkan state on the instructions of King Salman
  • During the visit, he met with the country’s president, prime minister, Parliament speaker, and other ministers and officials

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi National Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), concluded his official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina by visiting its former grand mufti, Sheikh Mustafa Ceric, at his home in Sarajevo.

Ceric said he was “very honored” by the visit, which reflects the “close and sincere brotherly relationship” between the two countries.

Bosnian Prime Minister Dr. Denis Zvizdic held a luncheon in honor of Prince Sultan, in the presence of ministers and officials. 

Sarajevo Mayor Abdullah Skaka held a dinner party in honor of the prince, attended by his accompanying delegation, ministers, officials, investors in the tourism sector, and Saudi Ambassador Hani bin Abdullah Moa’amna.

Prince Sultan visited the Balkan state on the instructions of King Salman, who is keen to bolster ties with the country and open new horizons of cooperation.

The prince expressed King Salman’s sincere greetings to the people and the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the visit, he met with the country’s president, prime minister, Parliament speaker, and other ministers and officials. 

He also visited the King Fahd Cultural Center, as well as historical and tourist attractions.

Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic lauded the role of the Kingdom in assisting his country to overcome difficult post-war situations and start rebuilding the nation through political and economic stability and development. 

The SCTH president also met with Denis Zvizdic, chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Adil Osmanovic, minister of civil affairs. They reviewed the cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

Zvizdic praised Saudi Arabia’s development under King Salman, saying Bosnia and Herzegovina is keen to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields.

More than 1.6 million tourists visited the country in the past year, and the figure is expected to rise in the next five years to 3 million, Zvizdic said.

Prince Sultan also praised Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unity and stability, saying its most important component is its people.


‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

Updated 5 min 7 sec ago

‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

  • Foreign minister said claims were "absurd"

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.”

And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.”