Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets Cypriot Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, in Riyadh during his official visit to the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, meets his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides in Riyadh, during his official visit to the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, meets his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides in Riyadh, during his official visit to the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 19 January 2020

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions
  • King Salman met Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides
  • ‘The Kingdom is following with great interest the current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.
They discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and developing them. They also reviewed regional and international issues of common concern.
Christodoulides also met with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, in his office at the foreign ministry in Riyadh.
Prince Faisal stressed the depth of relations between the two countries, and the keenness to develop them in several fields to serve the common interests.
“The Kingdom is following with great interest the current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region, is showing its concern for security and stability there, and stresses its full support for the sovereignty of Cyprus over its territories.”
He said Saudi Arabia “calls on all parties to abide by and adhere to Security Council resolutions to resolve disputes, to avoid escalation, to respect the rules of international law and not to interfere in the internal affairs of states or attempts to impose the status quo by force, as that does not serve international peace, security and stability in this region.”
Cyprus has been angered by Turkey’s bid to drill for natural gas amid heightened tensions over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.
On Sunday, Cyprus accused Turkey of flouting international law as in sent ships to drill inside an exploration area that’s already licensed to energy companies Eni of Italy and Total of France.


Saudi funding for training exceeds job seeker payouts for first time since 2011

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Saudi funding for training exceeds job seeker payouts for first time since 2011

Saudi funding for training exceeds  job seeker payouts for first time  since 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi funding for employment and training programs in November exceeded job seekers’ payment support for the first time since 2011.
Last month, a total of SR249 million ($66 million) was spent on employment and training compared to SR215 million through the Hafiz program.

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Last month, a total of SR249 million ($66 million) was spent on employment and training compared to SR215 million through the Hafiz program.

According to figures released on Wednesday by the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf), more than SR488 million was deposited by the fund into the bank accounts of 319,000 beneficiaries and SR473 million was pumped into the Hafiz program during November of last year.
Officials said the success of the Hafiz scheme had helped to reduce the number of beneficiaries of the program. At the start of the year, Hadaf implemented a strategic partnership with the Kingdom’s private sector while also developing and improving support initiatives and introducing quality programs to meet the needs of the labor market.