Saudi mother, daughter drown off beach in Indonesia

The women died at Lombok island’s Selong Belanak Bay. (Shutterstock)
Updated 28 August 2019

Saudi mother, daughter drown off beach in Indonesia

  • Elham Abdussalam, 27, and her mother Jamilah Abdul Malik, 47, perished in waters off Ketapak Beach on Lombok island
  • The daughter drowned after attempting to rescue her mother

JAKARTA: A young Saudi woman drowned as she tried in vain to save her mother, who was swept away by high waves off the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Elham Abdussalam, 27, and her mother Jamilah Abdul Malik, 47, perished in waters off Ketapak Beach in the island’s Selong Belanak Bay.

The two women had visited the beach on Monday afternoon while on holiday with their family, and the mother was overwhelmed by two high waves in succession.

“The mother was suddenly caught in a current and swept out to sea. The daughter dived in to rescue her but both drowned before others arrived to help,” Fawaz Abdullah Althaymin, an official at the Saudi Embassy in Jakarta, told Arab News.
The women’s bodies were retrieved by residents after an hour-long search operation, and taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, Mataram.

The family declined a post-mortem examination, and accompanied the bodies on a flight home to Jeddah on Tuesday.

The Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia, Essam Abed Al-Thaqafi, offered his condolences to the family. He urged Saudi tourists to be cautious about the places to visit in Indonesia, and stressed the importance of communicating with the Embassy when they arrived.

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.


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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.


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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.