DiplomaticQuarter: Australian envoy, Saudi aid agency chief discuss relief, humanitarian affairs

Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ridwaan Jadwat and KSRelief chief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discuss efforts to combat COVID-19 pandemic. (SPA)
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Updated 23 July 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: Australian envoy, Saudi aid agency chief discuss relief, humanitarian affairs

Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ridwaan Jadwat and General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, held a virtual meeting to discuss relief initiatives and efforts to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
During their talks, on Tuesday, they reviewed aspects of bilateral cooperation and issues of common interest in relation to relief and humanitarian affairs, as well as the ongoing virus outbreak. The envoy also praised KSRelief for its aid work in countries around the world.
Last week, Jadwat met with Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadley and discussed ways of boosting cooperation between the two countries in the related fields.
In a tweet after the meeting, the ambassador said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture — and discuss commercial opportunities and agriculture cooperation, including in the G20.”
Saudi Arabia holds this year’s G20 presidency, the premier forum for international economic cooperation, and has been hosting various G20 meetings leading up to the G20 Summit in November.
The relationship between the two nations has been complemented by Australia’s engagement with the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which are headquartered in Riyadh and Jeddah, respectively.


G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

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G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

RIYADH: The trade and investment ministers of the G20 nations met virtually on Tuesday under the presidency of Saudi Arabia to strengthen trade and investment cooperation.
The ministers agreed to continue cooperation to support the recovery of international trade and investment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They also agreed to support the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to which the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the WTO provides political support.
Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's minister of investment, said the collective G20 response to COVID-19 had started to deliver early signs of a “resilient, and stable economic recovery.”
“As policymakers, it is our duty to prioritize the most vulnerable in our societies, including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Saudi Arabia stands ready to endorse the G20 policy guidelines for MSMEs,” Falih said.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Commerce Majid Al-Qasabi told the meeting that measures adopted by the G20 in May were “critical for sustaining the flow of essential goods and services across borders and limiting the human toll of the pandemic.”