King Salman awards race and beauty contest winners during King Abdulaziz Camel Festival finale

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman handed prizes to the winners of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman handed prizes to the winners of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman welcomed dignitaries and guests from the Gulf countries at the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman receives Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman handed prizes to the winners of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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This is the fourth edition of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which was launched in 2000. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed dignitaries and guests from Gulf countries at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed dignitaries and guests from Gulf countries at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed dignitaries and guests from Gulf countries at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. (SPA)
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This is the fourth edition of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which was launched in 2000. (SPA)
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This is the fourth edition of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which was launched in 2000. (SPA)
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This is the fourth edition of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which was launched in 2000. (SPA)
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Updated 26 January 2020

King Salman awards race and beauty contest winners during King Abdulaziz Camel Festival finale

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronized on Sunday the closing ceremony of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.
The king, along with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, welcomed dignitaries and guests from the Gulf countries, including Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and representative of the sultan of Oman Sheikh Abdullah Hamad Al-Khalifa.
Then, the last two halves of the camel race were launched and the king handed the first and second place prizes to the winners of the races, which were split up into four categories.

Awards were also given out the winners of the camel beauty contest and guests then watched a presentation about this year's winners and the race.
During the ceremony, chairman of the Camel Club’s board and general supervisor of the festival, Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin, thanked King Salman for his patronage and the “festival has become a destination for all (camel) owners within” within the Kingdom and serves as a platform “to bring together people from the Gulf and the Arab world.”
“This great gathering is a destination for all those interested in this heritage throughout the world,” he added.
Bin Hithlin also said that the club launched a package of economic decisions that will contribute to the development of this sector, and constitute an attractive factor for investments.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.