Saudi crown prince arranges special plane for Pakistan PM’s US visit

Imran Khan’s media adviser praised the “magnanimity” of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for arranging a special plane to fly Pakistan’s PM to New York. (Pakistan's Ministry of Information)
Updated 24 September 2019

Saudi crown prince arranges special plane for Pakistan PM’s US visit

  • Khan began his week-long visit to the US on Saturday to attend the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) and participate in a host of other activities
  • Amin said Saudi Arabia is in a position to help Pakistan in its diplomatic engagements with the Trump administration, which is why Khan visited the Kingdom before flying to New York

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan’s media adviser on Sunday praised the “magnanimity” of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for arranging a special plane to fly Pakistan’s prime minister to New York.
Khan “went to Saudi Arabia on a commercial flight,” and the crown prince “offered a special plane to him for his travel from Saudi Arabia to the US,” Iftikhar Durrani told Arab News.
Khan began his week-long visit to the US on Saturday to attend the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) and participate in a host of other activities, including a meeting with President Donald Trump. Khan and the crown prince “have chemistry,” said Durrani. “They like each other.”
International relations expert Dr. Mussarrat Amin told Arab News: “Khan’s earlier visit to the US was also arranged by the crown prince, which produced positive results for Pakistan.”
Amin said Saudi Arabia is in a position to help Pakistan in its diplomatic engagements with the Trump administration, which is why Khan visited the Kingdom before flying to New York.
“The Saudis can influence the US to play a mediatory role between Pakistan and India. People in Pakistan expect great things from the Kingdom when it comes to the Kashmir issue,” Amin added. The Pakistani and Indian prime ministers are scheduled to address the UNGA on Sept. 27.
Former Pakistani Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi said the crown prince’s gesture shows the warmth between the two countries, and Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia ahead of his US trip was significant.
Khan “reached out to the crown prince to stop the escalation of the situation in this region due to India’s actions in Kashmir,” Naqvi told Arab News.


Russian culture festival launched in Riyadh

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Felix Korobov during its concert in Riyadh. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj )
Updated 8 min 18 sec ago

Russian culture festival launched in Riyadh

  • “Russian Culture in Riyadh” will also feature a Russian Cinema Week, beginning Tuesday, screening 10 classic, animated and modern Russian films selected specifically for a Saudi audience

RIYADH: The Moscow-based Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra inaugurated the “Russian Culture in Riyadh” festival with a concert featuring opera stars and music conducted by Felix Korobov.
The event was held at the King Fahd Cultural Center on Monday. The Saudi Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), organized performances, exhibitions and movie screenings to celebrate Russian culture and ties between the two countries.
The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, established in 1930, was founded as the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and has played all over the world.
Soprano Aida Garifullina and bass Ildar Abdrazakov took to the stage in Riyadh in what was an exciting night for many first-time opera goers, with music from famed composers Mikhail Glinka and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The concert began with excerpts from Glinka’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila” and, as the night went on, there were performances of “Tsaritsa of Shemakha” from the opera “The Golden Cockerel” by Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Song of the Varangian Guest” also from the Rimsky-Korsakov-composed opera “Sadko.”
“It was moving, beyond all expectations,” 24 year-old private sector worker Mohammed Al-Dossari told Arab News.  “I heard about the magnificence of Russian opera and the symphony (orchestra) but to have it come to our doorstep is exciting. The music takes you to another place, it’s calming and yet moving at the same time, a heady combination.”
Saudi and Russian guests and dignitaries enjoyed more than an hour of spectacular performances, with people cheering at the end of the show.
The celebration of Russian culture also features the work of Vasily Kandinsky, who is widely acknowledged as one of the fathers of abstract art and whose paintings are exhibited in the world’s top museums and galleries. The artwork is from St. Petersburg’s State Russian Museum.
Another exhibition, “Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue,” showcases the works of 14 artists from 10 countries that explore the artistic possibilities of artificial intelligence.
“Russian Culture in Riyadh” will also feature a Russian Cinema Week, beginning Tuesday, screening 10 classic, animated and modern Russian films selected specifically for a Saudi audience.