Crown prince, Iraqi PM hold talks in Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 18 April 2019

Crown prince, Iraqi PM hold talks in Riyadh

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

They discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest, after which they held official talks in the presence of delegations from both countries.

The crown prince commended the distinguished relations between the two countries, while Abdul Mahdi expressed his happiness at visiting Saudi Arabia and meeting with the king and crown prince.

During the official talks, they reviewed bilateral relations and cooperation, as well as the latest regional developments.

Earlier, Abdul Mahdi held talks with King Salman, who said he was keen to enhance cooperation between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Abdul Mahdi said he was hoping to develop “areas of bilateral cooperation.” 

In a statement on his Facebook account, he said his visit to Saudi Arabia “symbolizes the Iraqi government’s vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields.”

The two countries signed 12 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries, covering many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultations.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.