DiplomaticQuarter: Chinese envoy meets Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province governor for talks on strengthening ties

Eastern Province Governor Prince Saud bin Naif meets Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom Chen Weiqing. (SPA)
Updated 27 June 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Chinese envoy meets Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province governor for talks on strengthening ties

  • Their talks covered issues of common interest and mutual cooperation

RIYADH: The Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Weiqing met with Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif to discuss ways of further cementing relations between the two countries.

Their talks covered issues of common interest and mutual cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The envoy was accompanied by Chinese Embassy staff, and during the meeting Prince Saud noted the keenness of the Kingdom’s leadership to enhance cooperation with China.

He said this was proved by the agreements and partnerships signed during the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China in February this year, which confirmed the convergence of the strategic directions of China with the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, which would in turn reflect on the economic, cultural and humanitarian communication between the two countries.

Saudi Arabia is one of China’s main crude oil suppliers and an important market for its exports.

Thanking the prince for his hospitality, the ambassador said he looked forward to helping develop a long-term strategic partnership with the Kingdom for mutual progress and prosperity.

During iftar at his residence last month, Weiqing highlighted his country’s Belt and Road Initiative (a global development strategy) as being consistent with Vision 2030 and said: “China and the Kingdom are among the leading forces of dialogue among civilizations.”


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Updated 05 July 2020

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.