Diplomatic Quarter: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree to strengthen parliamentary friendship ties

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2019

Diplomatic Quarter: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree to strengthen parliamentary friendship ties

RIYADH: Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz on Monday met with Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh to discuss bilateral cooperation and ways to enhance them.

“They focused on how to mobilize parliamentary relations among Pakistan’s National Assembly, the Senate and the Saudi Shoura Council, and discussed how to make the Pak-Saudi Parliamentary Friendship Committee more effective so that it could play a role in furthering the relations of the two brotherly countries,” a statement from the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah said.

Members of the Saudi-Pakistani Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shoura Council held a meeting last week.

Moreover, Al-Asheikh visited Pakistan in April this year to further bilateral ties, and in December last year, a Pakistani delegation led by chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, visited Saudi Arabia on Al-Asheikh’s invitation.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan envoy last week briefed prominent Saudi editors and journalists on the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh said: “The ambassador talked about the genesis of the Kashmir dispute and highlighted UN Security Council resolutions that promised the right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan after New Delhi on Aug. 5 revoked the special constitutional status of the disputed Himalayan region under its administrative control by abolishing Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

Islamabad reacted with fury at India’s decision, cutting trade and transport ties and expelling the Indian ambassador.

Ejaz said that the Indian decision to repeal Article 370 was primarily meant to change the demographics of Kashmir.

He reiterated Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support for the Kashmiri people and highlighted that former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru also made a commitment to decide the fate of the state as per the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.