DiplomaticQuarter: South Korea, Saudi Arabia share common dream, says diplomat

South Korean Consul General Sang-Kyoun Lee. (File photo)
Updated 01 November 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: South Korea, Saudi Arabia share common dream, says diplomat

South Korea and Saudi Arabia are working together to achieve shared future dreams, Seoul’s consul general said.

On the sidelines of the Qur’an Foundation Day ceremony on Wednesday, Sang-Kyoun Lee said that South Korea and the Kingdom share strong bonds based on diplomatic relations stretching back to 1962.

“Grounded in a deep mutual trust and a shared wish to ensure a thriving future for their peoples, the two countries have become key partners in sectors ranging from traditional fields of construction and energy to renewable and nuclear energy, culture and many other fields,” he said.

The envoy said that under Vision 2030, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are leading the Kingdom toward a brighter and more sustainable future.

“South Korea is also pursuing a drive for change, moving toward society and economy, which look to the future.”

He said that 2019 has been a remarkable year in relations between the two countries.

“First, the crown prince visited Korea in June and met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss issues of common interest in matters relevant to the Vision 2030,” he said.

After that meeting, ministers of both countries signed 10 agreements worth more than $8 billion in fields such as energy and ICT.

“Second, the Saudi government invited two K-pop bands, Super Junior and BTS, to perform as a highlight of the Jeddah Season and Riyadh Season,” he added.

“The Saudi people warmly welcomed the Korean artists and greatly enjoyed the performance. In turn, the first ‘Saudi Arabia Culture Week’ in the Asian region was held in Seoul in June, bringing Saudi culture to the people of Korea,” he said.

The Kingdom recently decided to issue tourist visas to citizens of 49 countries, including South Korea.

The lasting friendship between South Korea and Saudi Arabia will deepen even further, the Korean envoy said.

“It is my sincere hope that the peoples of both our countries will continue to thrive in the midst of peace and prosperity.”

The Jeddah-Korea Business Show, one of the consulate’s annual activities bridging the two countries’ private sectors, is scheduled for Nov. 21.

South Korea is one of the Kingdom’s eight key partners, along with the US, Japan, China, UK, Germany, France and India, to achieve the goals of Vision 2030.

Trade volume between the two countries in 2018 exceeded $30 billion. The Kingdom is the largest oil exporter to South Korea, the largest contractor in construction, and the republic’s leading trading partner in the Middle East.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.