Russian President Vladimir Putin off to UAE after successful Saudi Arabia visit

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is bound for Abu Dhabi in the UAE. (SPA)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is bound for Abu Dhabi in the UAE. (SPA)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is bound for Abu Dhabi in the UAE. (SPA)
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Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh, led the Saudi delegation in the send-off ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin. (SPA)
Updated 15 October 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin off to UAE after successful Saudi Arabia visit

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin left Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, and bound for the UAE, after a multimillion-dollar tranche of deals signed in Riyadh a day earlier in his first official visit to Saudi Arabia since 2012.

The 20 agreements covered oil and other energy industries, space and satellite navigation, justice, health services, tax administration, mineral wealth, tourism and aviation, along with cultural cooperation and the enhancement of trade relations.

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Putin, together with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also presided over the first meeting of the Saudi-Russian Economic Committee in Riyadh on Monday.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh, led the Saudi delegation in the send-off ceremony for Putin, who is now headed to Abu Dhabi in the UAE also for a state visit.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.