Top Saudi diplomat reviews Kingdom’s bilateral ties with US, Russian and Nepalese envoys

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir meets US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 21 July 2019

Top Saudi diplomat reviews Kingdom’s bilateral ties with US, Russian and Nepalese envoys

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has held a series of meetings with foreign ambassadors to the Kingdom in Riyadh.

He met separately with US Ambassador John Abizaid, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kozlov, and Nepalese Ambassador Dr. Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput, on Sunday.

The meetings reviewed bilateral relations between the countries, and discussed regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.

Also on Sunday, Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz received US Consul General Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen at his office in Dammam.

Korhonen stressed that strategic bilateral relations between Washington and Riyadh were of paramount importance to the White House, in order to ensure security and stability in the region and protect global trade and shipping routes.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 9 min 46 sec ago

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.