Iraq president meets with Saudi delegation to discuss wider trade ties

Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi meets Iraqi President Barham Salih. (SPA)
Updated 16 March 2019

Iraq president meets with Saudi delegation to discuss wider trade ties

Iraqi President Barham Salih received the Saudi minister of commerce and investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, who conveyed a greeting from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the new Iraqi government. 

Al-Qassabi highlighted the Saudi leadership’s concern to promote brotherly ties between the two peoples, and strengthen relations between the two countries, especially in the economic and commercial fields. 

He stressed the importance of Saudi companies in supporting development projects in Iraq, adding that the Saudi-Iraqi Al-Jadidah Arar border crossing will reopen before the end of this year to boost trade between the two countries.

The government delegation to Iraq included Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Sabhan; Governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization Saad bin Othman Al-Qassabi; and Deputy Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Abdul Aziz Al-Abdul Karim.

Al-Qassabi and his delegation met with Iraqi officials in the presence of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Abdul Aziz bin Khalid Al-Shammari. 

The meetings explored ways to develop trade activity, discussed investment opportunities, and prepared for the meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council to be held in Iraq in April. 


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.