Makkah governor receives heads of consular missions in Jeddah

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives heads of consular missions at an event in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 09 September 2018

Makkah governor receives heads of consular missions in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, said on Sunday during a meeting with the heads of consular missions in Jeddah that Saudi Arabia would do its utmost to serve pilgrims.

The goverment would ensure they enjoy more comfortable and easier Hajj and Umrah trips, he said.

Heads of consular missions in Jeddah visited Prince Khaled Al-Faisal in the municipality to congratulate Saudi Arabia on the success of the 2018 (1439 AH) Hajj season and thank the Saudi government for the services it provides to pilgrims.

During the meeting, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said: “On behalf of King Salman, the crown prince and the minister of interior, I thank you all and congratulate you on the success of this year’s Hajj season, which was the result of all our efforts combined. If not for your countries and communities’ participation and everyone’s efforts, we would not have reached this success.”

He pointed out that Saudi Arabia’s government and people are honored to receive and serve pilgrims.

The governor of Makkah thanked all Muslim countries who played a role in the success of this year’s Hajj through informing pilgrims and raising their awareness about the Saudi laws and regulations before coming to perform Hajj.

He added: “We appreciate all of your countries’ efforts in this regard and wish for your contribution in informing pilgrims about Saudi Arabia and its laws to continue.”

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal reiterated that the Kingdom, led by King Salman, is eager to do its utmost to ensure the success of Hajj and develop Makkah city and the holy places.

He highlighted that King Salman has established the Royal Commission for Makkah and the Holy Places, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to facilitate Hajj and Umrah procedures and develop the holy places.

He also said the commission would implement large projects and would soon announce its program in the field.

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal asked Allah to help everyone to turn Makkah and the holy places into smart sites that employ technology as a key element for overcoming all difficulties that face pilgrims from the moment they arrive in Saudi Arabia and until they return to their countries.

“I also thank all government, civil, and voluntary bodies that participated in this year’s Hajj season and contributed to its success,” he concluded. “We promise to do our utmost to serve pilgrims and provide them with more comfortable Hajj and Umrah trips.”

On behalf of the heads of the consular missions, Ambassador Ali Mohammed Al-Ayashi, dean of Consular Corps and consul general of Yemen, said: “I am honored, on behalf of myself and my colleagues the heads of consular missions in Jeddah, to congratulate King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the minister of interior, the minister of Hajj and Umrah, and the Saudi government and people on the outstanding success of this year’s Hajj season.

“I also thank Saudi Arabia for the expansion of the holy places, large projects, and technology updates as well as the services and excellent organization that allowed pilgrims to perform Hajj rites with ease.”

Ambassador Jamal Bakor Balkhoyor, director general of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Makkah, said: “On behalf of myself and the consuls in Makkah, I congratulate you on the success of this year’s Hajj season, which was unique by all means.

“On behalf of the consuls and the countries they represent, I thank the Saudi Government and leadership for the services provided to pilgrims.”

Balkhoyor concluded: “It is a great honor that all consuls are expressing their countries’ admiration and appreciation for the great projects carried out every year to develop the holy places in Makkah and Madinah and ensure an easier Hajj for pilgrims.”


Saudi Arabia and Russia sign up to closer ties with 20 new deals

Representatives greet each other during the Saudi-Russian talks. (Reuters)
Updated 15 October 2019

Saudi Arabia and Russia sign up to closer ties with 20 new deals

  • Announcement of 20 new agreements made at Saudi-Russian Energy Partnership meeting
  • The agreements cover petroleum and various other fields ranging from energy to tourism

JEDDAH: Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman announced on Monday the signing of 20 agreements with Russia during the Saudi-Russian Energy Partnership meeting as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Kingdom.
During the signing ceremony of the new agreements, which took place in the presence of King Salman and Putin, the energy minister stressed that oil will remain an essential element in the development of the world economy.
The ceremony was also attended by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The 20 agreements covered the fields of petroleum and other energy industries, space and satellite navigation, justice, health services, tax administration, mineral wealth, tourism and aviation, in addition to cultural cooperation and the enhancement of trade relations.
Prince Abdul Aziz said that the two countries have started a new phase of cooperation in many areas of development.
The minister noted the important roles played by Saudi Arabia and Russia in stabilizing the global oil market and said: “The new OPEC + cooperation agreement will enhance cooperation and provide strong support for greater stability in the oil market.
“At the Saudi-Russian Joint Committee, we are working together to harmonize the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans with its strategic objectives and Russia’s strategic development plans.”
The agreements were signed between relevant government agencies and sovereign wealth funds from both countries. The minister added that state-owned enterprises and the private sector in both countries will make a significant effort in achieving the goals of these agreements.
Financial expert Mohammed Al-Suwayed said that “Russia is an important strategic partner of Saudi Arabia.”
He added that joint efforts between the two countries would help to manage the oil market, “Saudi Arabia is a member of OPEC, and Russia is one of the most important non-OPEC exporters. The alliance between the Kingdom and Russia in the oil market contributes to creating harmony between the oil producers inside or outside OPEC.”
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company signed an agreement to join forces in the search of investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said on Monday.
A string of multimillion-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.
Al-Suwayed said: “The Russian National Wealth Fund is interested in investing in Saudi Arabia. It has recently opened an office in the Kingdom as its first international fund office outside Russia, demonstrating a clear plan to invest in various sectors.”
An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin on Monday. During his meeting with King Salman, the Russian president said that the meeting was an additional boost to bilateral relations.
King Salman also considered the meeting an important opportunity to reach consensus on various visions and political positions.
Putin suggested that coordination between the two countries was important for the security and stability of the Middle East.
The president’s long-awaited visit will include discussions on further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world hydrocarbon market, as well as on Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.
Other deals regarding the military sector were not discussed and the pending Saudi plans to purchase the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems have not reached a final agreement.

20 SAUDI-RUSSIA DEALS SIGNED

1 Cooperation convention between oil-producing countries.
2 Joint Statement ofIntent between the Saudi Space Authority and the Russian state space corporation in the fields of manned space flight and the Global Navigation Satellite System, GLONASS.
3 High-level Saudi-Russian strategic cooperation framework agreement.
4 Energy cooperation protocol agreement.
5 Draft MoU on cultural cooperation.
6 Draft MoU on facilitating and organizing visas for the two countries’ citizens.
7 Draft of MoU on health cooperation.
8 Agreement on commercial attache.
9 MoU on starting negotiations for promoting and protecting investments between the two countries.
10 MoU on increase in export of Russian products to Saudi Arabia.
11 Cooperation agreement between SALIC (Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company) and the Russian Direct Investment Fund to discuss investment opportunities in the agriculture and food sectors.
12 Telecom executive program agreement.
13 Draft MoU for cooperation in the field of public media.
14 Tourism cooperation agreement.
15 MoU on joint investments in aircraft leasing to support the development of the Russian aviation industry.
16 MoU on mutual investments in NefteTransService (NTS), one of the largest railway operators in Russia.
17 A program of work between civil aviation authorities to define and adopt standards for the Russian aircraft industry in Saudi Arabia.
18 Exchanging an MoU for technical cooperation in the field of tax administration with the Russian tax authority.
19 Agreement between Saudi Aramco and the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Rusnano to buy Rusnano shares in Novomet.
20 Agreement on methanol project in Amur region.