Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders arrive in Jeddah to sign peace pact

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Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Jeddah on Saturday. (SPA)
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Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, arrived in Jeddah for Ethiopia/Eritrea peace summit. (SPA)
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Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, arrived in Jeddah for Ethiopia/Eritrea peace summit. (SPA)
Updated 15 September 2018

Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders arrive in Jeddah to sign peace pact

JEDDAH: Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Jeddah on Saturday to sign a peace agreement between their countries.

Afwerki was received by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Ahmed was received by Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, along with senior Saudi civil and military officials, at King Abdul Aziz International Airport.  Ahmed was also received by the Saudi Ambassador to Ethiopia Abdullah Al-Arjani and Jeddah-based Representative of the Royal Protocol in Makkah Region.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will host a summit between Ethiopia and Eritrea in Jeddah on Sunday to sign a peace agreement, officially ending more than 20 years of war.

The ceremony will be attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”