Swedish envoy praises Riyadh governor for major events

Swedish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Niclas Trouve with Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar. (Supplied)
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Updated 04 March 2020

Swedish envoy praises Riyadh governor for major events

  • Niclas Trouve: I complimented him for the major events successfully held in the capital, including the Future Investment Initiative and the Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum
  • Niclas Trouve: I look forward to large infrastructure development like Riyadh Metro opening soon and wished all success

RIYADH: Swedish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Niclas Trouve has complimented Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar for the success of major events held in the capital, including the G20 meetings.

Trouve told Arab News on Wednesday: “It was a courtesy call, my first meeting with the Riyadh governor after I came here as ambassador six months ago.”

He added: “I am very honored to meet with the Riyadh governor. The governorate is the largest in the Kingdom with more than 8 million inhabitants, expanding and developing rapidly.

“I invited the governor as guest of honor to our National Day reception, which is on April 15.”

The envoy said that they enjoyed “a very fruitful discussion on cordial bilateral relations and ways to further enhance mutual cooperation in different fields.

“I complimented him for the major events successfully held in the capital, including the Future Investment Initiative, the Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum held in partnership with the UN and the G20’s high-level meetings.” 

On development works in the capital, the ambassador said: “I look forward to large infrastructure development like Riyadh Metro opening soon and wished all success.”

The envoy discussed diplomatic relations and reflected on recent visits.

“The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anne Linde was here last Wednesday, meeting with Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan to review bilateral relations and the latest developments.”

She also met Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir; the two leaders held talks during which they exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Al-Jubeir said he valued the role and efforts of Sweden in relation to the Stockholm Agreement, the peace process and issues in the region.

He urged the Yemeni parties to fully implement the Stockholm Agreement and work towards a comprehensive political settlement, reaffirming the commitment of the Kingdom and the international community to ensure that Yemen receives humanitarian assistance.

Linde also met Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Riyadh before flying to Yemen.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

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

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister 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.