Saudi Arabia and US to counter maritime threats in Arabian Gulf

The meeting was attended by Khalid Al-Falih, US energy secretary Rick Perry and he Kingdom’s ambassador to the US, Princess Reema Bint Bandar. (Twitter)
Updated 07 August 2019

Saudi Arabia and US to counter maritime threats in Arabian Gulf

JEDDAH: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said he discussed Tuesday with his American counterpart Rick Perry threats to maritime freedom in the Arabian Gulf.

The Kingdom and the US “reiterated their determination to work together to ensure the security of global energy supplies,” Al-Falih said in a tweet.

The meeting was also attended by the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US, Princess Reema Bint Bandar.

The meeting dealt with enhancing the relationship between the two countries and investments in the fields of energy, industry, climate and technology.

The two side also discussed the oil market conditions and the Kingdom’s keenness to maintain its stabilities. 

“In this context, I have affirmed the commitment of OPEC members and non-OPEC producers to coordinate production and strive to achieve balance in the oil market,” Al-Falih said.

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah