Saudi king, crown prince meet Pakistan's PM Imran Khan

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King Salman receives Imran Khan in Riyadh during the Pakistani prime minister's visit to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Prince Faisal bin Bandar met Imran Khan at the airport in Riyadh at the start of his visit. (SPA)
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Prince Faisal bin Bandar met Imran Khan at the airport in Riyadh at the start of his visit. (SPA)
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Prince Faisal bin Bandar met Imran Khan at the airport in Riyadh at the start of his visit. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2019

Saudi king, crown prince meet Pakistan's PM Imran Khan

RIYADH: King Salman met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They discussed bilateral relations and aspects of bilateral cooperation, as well as the latest developments at a regional and international level.

Khan also met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They reviewed the strong ties between the two nations and fields of joint cooperation, as well as ways of enhancing them.

They also discussed the latest developments in the region, and issues of common interest.

The meetings were attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, National Guard Minister Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Khan’s accompanying delegation and officials.

Khan and his delegation later traveled to Madinah, where they visited the Prophet’s Mosque. They were received at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.