Saudi official attends Egyptian National Day celebrations in Riyadh

Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz meets Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 18 July 2019

Saudi official attends Egyptian National Day celebrations in Riyadh

  • Prince Mohammed represents the Saudi government at the celebration

RIYADH: The Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh celebrated its National Day with VIP guests including acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, senior diplomats, business leaders and members of the Egyptian community.

Prince Mohammed represented the Saudi government at the celebration. Upon his arrival, he was received by Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy and embassy officials.

“I’d like to welcome Prince Mohammed,” said Hamdy. “I’d like to pay tribute to the development of Egyptian-Saudi relations in various fields, and the keenness of the leaders on continuous coordination and constant consultation from both sides.” The ambassador described the bilateral relationship as “at the height of its prosperity.” 

Under the “visionary leadership” of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Saudi King Salman, “the two countries are serving as the safety valve for the Arab region against internal and external threats, and will continue to remain united in the interest of Arab and Islamic nations,” Hamdy said.

Egyptians constitute the largest Arab expatiate group in Saudi Arabia, representing nearly 40 percent of Arab expatriates working in the Kingdom.


Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

Updated 16 December 2019

Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

  • The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern

RIYADH: The National Center for Disease Prevention and Control has signed a cooperation agreement with the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The agreement will strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries in public health within the framework of cooperation prepared in 2019.

On behalf of the center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Gwizani, executive director-general, signed the agreement with his Swedish counterpart, Dr. Johan Carlsson.

The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern, as well as outlining the fields of work covered.

These fields included the workforce, organizational development, institutional strategy, business planning, specialized microbiology laboratories, health economics, non-communicable disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, the monitoring of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health improvement.

Dr. Al-Gwizani said that the agreement would last for five years. It would then be reviewed and renewed after the agreement of both parties.

“These agreements reinforce the center’s role in creating new health practices and developing the performance of the public health sector,” he said. “Benefiting from well-established organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Sweden confirms our eagerness to convey the best practices to the public health sector locally, as well as exchanging experiences.”