Pompeo wishes Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 20, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 23 September 2020

Pompeo wishes Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day

  • Pompeo wished Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wished Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day on Wednesday.
“On behalf of the United States, I wish to extend to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi people a joyous National Day … I wish the Saudi people peace, prosperity, and good health as you celebrate your National Day,” Pompeo said. 
He said the US and Saudi Arabia earlier this year celebrated the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy. 
Pompeo said the meeting has “laid the foundation for the strong strategic partnership the United States and Saudi Arabia enjoy today.”
He said this partnership has contributed to progress on many shared priorities, including the stability of the Gulf region, energy security, and economic growth and prosperity in both the US and Saudi Arabia.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.