Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrives in UAE on official visit

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on his arrival in the UAE. (Saudi foreign ministry)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on his arrival in the UAE. (Saudi foreign ministry)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on his arrival in the UAE. (Saudi foreign ministry)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed attend a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed attend a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting. (SPA)
Updated 27 November 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrives in UAE on official visit

  • He was met by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on arrival
  • Crown Prince Mohammed was driven to Abu Dhabi's presidential palace Qasr Al-Watan

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday for an official visit.

The crown prince was met by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on arrival. The two leaders are expected to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations.

 

He headed the Saudi delegation at the second meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.

“Relations between Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been characterized by dealing with difficult issues in a smooth manner, especially considering the political and ideological volatility in the region,” a joint statement issued by both sides of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council said on Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said that he and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman witnessed the exchange of four MoUs and reviewed seven strategic initiatives during a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting on Wednesday. The MoUs that were signed were in the fields of  health, culture, space, and food. 

 

 

Crown Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom's relationship with the UAE is based on cooperation and common policies towards events in the region, and that the strong relations between the two countries are built on solid foundations. 

The Saudi crown prince’s last visit to the UAE was in November 2018 as part of a wider regional tour of several Arab countries.

 

Crown Prince Mohammed was driven to Abu Dhabi's presidential palace Qasr Al-Watan through the city where the streets were lined with Saudi and Emirati flags.

As his motorcade arrived at the palace it was greeted by a calvacade that escorted them towards the entrance.

Inside the palace, the crown princes listened to their national anthems and inspected the guard of honour.


Iranian wedding party fueled new COVID-19 surge, President Rouhani says

Updated 23 min 25 sec ago

Iranian wedding party fueled new COVID-19 surge, President Rouhani says

  • New cases dipped to 2,886 on Friday, bringing Iran’s total cases to more than 167,000, with over 8,000 deaths
  • Health officials have been warning of a second wave of the outbreak, but say a reason for the surge in new cases could be wider testing

DUBAI: A wedding party contributed to a new surge in coronavirus infections in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday but insisted the country had no option but to keep its economy open despite warnings of a second wave of the epidemic.
Iran, which has been gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, has reported a sharp rise of new daily infections in recent days. Thursday’s toll of 3,574 new cases was the highest since February, when the outbreak was first reported.
“At one location, we witnessed a peak in this epidemic, the source of which was a wedding that caused problems for the people, health workers and losses to the economy and the country’s health system,” Rouhani said on state TV. He did not say when or where the wedding took place.
New cases dipped to 2,886 on Friday, bringing Iran’s total cases to more than 167,000, with over 8,000 deaths.
Health officials have been warning of a second wave of the outbreak, but say a reason for the surge in new cases could be wider testing. One official said about 70% of the new cases in Tehran were among those who had traveled outside the capital in recent days.
Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of COVID-19 but authorities are concerned that measures to limit public and economic life to contain the virus could wreck an already economy already reeling under international sanctions.
“In these circumstances, we have no other choice — that is, there is no second option,” Rouhani added. “We have to work, our factories have to be active, our shops have to be open, and there has to be movement in the country as far as it is necessary.”
Iranian universities reopened on Saturday after being closed for more than three and a half months, state media reported. Nurseries will reopen in a week’s time, when Qur'an and languages classes will also resume, Rouhani said.