Trump congratulates Saudi crown prince on ‘spectacular job’ during G20 talks

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with US President Donald Trump on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 30 June 2019

Trump congratulates Saudi crown prince on ‘spectacular job’ during G20 talks

  • Trump praised the Saudi crown prince for his reforms, especially efforts to empower women in the Kingdom
  • Riyadh summit ‘will reinforce G20’s work,’ says crown prince

OSAKA, Japan:  US President Donald Trump on Saturday saluted Saudi Arabia’s fight against global terrorism, and the reform program being driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, particularly the empowerment of women.

Trump, referring to the crown prince as a friend, talked of the opening up of Saudi Arabia, “especially what you have done for women,” he told Prince Mohammed.

The Vision 2030 plan was “like a revolution in a very positive way,” the president said at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.  “You’ve done, really, a spectacular job,” Trump told the crown prince.

Trump also highlighted the significant business dealings between the two countries and the impact on US jobs. “At least a million jobs are created by purchases made by Saudi Arabia,” he said. 

“We have had meetings on trade and economic development and on the military, of course, and the meetings have been really terrific.” 

“One thing that you are doing, which is almost at the top of the list and probably is at the top of the list is your fight on terror,” Trump said, addressing the Kingdom’s efforts to combat the evils of terrorism and extremism.

Trump praised the crown prince’s reform efforts. (Reuters)

The remarks were made ahead of a closed-door meeting between Trump, the crown prince and prominent ministers and advisers from both countries. 

The summit of world leaders closed with a pledge by Prince Mohammed to continue the G20’s work toward global unity at the Riyadh summit next year.

“The need to enhance international cooperation and coordination is more pressing than ever before, considering the complex and interrelated challenges facing our world today,” he said. 

He said empowering women and youth remained two key pillars to achieving sustainable growth, and encouraging entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Achieving international co-operation “depends on the ability to strengthen international consensus by establishing the principle of expanded dialogue, and building on the international system based on common principles and interests.

“Enhancing confidence in the multilateral trading system depends fundamentally on reforming the Word Trade Organization (WTO) and working under its umbrella,” he said. Reform of the WTO has been one of the main elements of calls by Trump for a new infrastructure for global trade, a big arguing point in Osaka.

Prince Mohammed called for adequate funding to implement the UN’s sustainable development goals, and urgent cooperation with low income countries in areas such as food security, infrastructure, access to energy and water sources, and investment in human capital. 

These issues, he said, would be the focus of attention during the Kingdom’s G20 presidency.

The crown prince said the world lived in an era of unprecedented technological and scientific innovations with unlimited growth prospects, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence” and the “internet of things” could provide the world with an abundance of benefits, if utilized optimally.

“We are trying to do the best for our country,” and we need to do more, he added. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said he would work in support of the Saudi preparation plans for next year until he formally hands over the presidency to Saudi Arabia in November. 

“I truly hope that strong leadership can be exercised by Saudi Arabia, using the Osaka leaders’ declaration as the platform. I pray for the strong success of the Riyadh summit,” he said in response to a question from Arab News.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 8 min 23 sec ago

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.”