Saudi crown prince and Iraqi PM discuss enhanced cooperation

Saudi crown prince and Iraqi PM discuss enhanced cooperation
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi held a video call on Tuesday. (SPA/AFP/File Photo)
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A virtual meeting was held between Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, as part of the fourth session of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. (SPA)
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A virtual meeting was held between Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, as part of the fourth session of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. (SPA)
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A virtual meeting was held between Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, as part of the fourth session of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. (SPA)
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Updated 11 November 2020

Saudi crown prince and Iraqi PM discuss enhanced cooperation

Saudi crown prince and Iraqi PM discuss enhanced cooperation
  • Both sides agreed to open Arar border crossing in 7 days
  • Bilateral coordination in field of energy supplies is urgent necessity, says Saudi FM

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi discussed the work of the fourth session of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council on Tuesday.
During a virtual meeting the leaders reviewed agreements developed during the previous three sessions with the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries.
The crown prince told the prime minister he is “very happy to develop work with you and with Iraq.”
“The two countries are neighbors, we are all Arabs, we follow the same religion and we have the same interests and the same challenges,” he said in a statement issued by Saudi Press Agency.
Both he and Al-Kadhimi emphasized the importance of expanding and strengthening cooperation in a way that serves the interests of both nations in a number of fields, especially politics, security, trade investment and tourism.
They also emphasized the importance of working together in the energy sector through an exchange of experiences and within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries by fully committing to all decisions designed to guarantee fair oil prices for the global market.
The crown prince and the PM also agreed to continue the cooperation between their nations in efforts to confront the threat of extremism and terrorism, which they said poses an existential threat to the region and the world. Saudi Arabia said it will continue to support Iraqi anti-terror efforts, in cooperation with the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, and both sides also stressed the importance of cooperation in efforts to secure their borders. In addition, they agreed to enhance cooperation and exchange information on issues of concern in a way that supports and strengthens security and stability in the region and the world.
Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, also held a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
Prince Faisal said that the meeting between the crown prince and the Iraqi premier was aimed at “strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and to launch them toward a new era to benefit their common interests.”
He added that an agreement had been reached to open the Arar border crossing in seven days, as the “first step to expanding commercial relations.” In addition, the work of the Saudi commercial attache in Baghdad will begin soon.
“Bilateral coordination in the field of energy supplies is an urgent necessity for the sake of stabilizing oil markets in a way that serves and maintains the relationship between consumers and producers,” said Prince Faisal.
Hussein said that the Kingdom “has successful experience in combating terrorism and extremism” and “we want to benefit from Saudi Arabia’s experience.”
Prince Faisal said “Iraq’s security is essential to the security of the Arab region” and that “security cooperation with Iraq is ongoing and excellent.”
Baghdad repeated an invitation for Saudi companies to invest in Iraq. The Iraqis also said that they appreciate a number of recent Saudi initiatives, including a pledge to help reconstruction efforts, assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the building of a sports stadium as a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people.
The two nations also agreed to bilaterally implement the provisions of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, and to form a joint business council. Hussein said a memorandum of understanding has been signed for the implementation of an electrical connection with Saudi Arabia, and Iraq has purchased 400 megawatts of energy from the Kingdom.
Prince Faisal highlighted the historical ties between the two nations and added that he “welcomes all forms of cooperation with Iraq.”
Al-Kadhimi described the talks as “fruitful,” and said both sides will “seek economic integration that includes the region in general.” He also spoke of his nation’s historical ties with the Kingdom and added: “Iraq extends its hand to all its neighbors and those who wish it well.”
Meanwhile, the chief of staff of the Iraqi Army, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, and an accompanying delegation arrived in Riyadh to discuss bilateral military relations, ways in which they might be developed, and the exchange of expertise between the Saudi and Iraqi armed forces.


Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 17 September 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 535,373
  • A total of 8,651 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 75 new infections on Friday.

Of the new cases, 18 were recorded in Makkah, 15 in Riyadh, seven in Madinah, seven in the Eastern Province, six in Jazan, five in Tabuk, three in Najran, three in Hail, two in Asir, two in the Northern Borders region, one in Al-Jouf, and one in Al-Baha.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 535,373 after 64 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,651 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 40.4 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Defense Ministry hosts its first Strategic Communication Forum

Saudi Defense Ministry hosts its first Strategic Communication Forum
Updated 17 September 2021

Saudi Defense Ministry hosts its first Strategic Communication Forum

Saudi Defense Ministry hosts its first Strategic Communication Forum
  • Event is part of project to develop ministry’s internal and external communications to meet the requirements of modern media applications and practices

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Defense held its first Strategic Communication Forum on Thursday in Riyadh. The aim was to engage the ministry’s communication staff across the Kingdom with its targeted operating model, to help achieve the objectives of its transformation program.

The event, which took place under the patronage of Khalid Al-Biyari, assistant minister of defense for executive affairs, also formed part of the ministry’s project to develop its internal and external communications to meet the requirements of modern media applications and practices.

The forum included a number of workshops, presented by Prince Ahmed bin Salman Applied Media Academy, focusing on communications-related subjects such as creative content creation, video production for social media and event management. The participants included officials and communication specialists from the Saudi Armed Forces, joint forces and the military’s Health Services Department.

Al-Biyari said during the forum that the ministry views strategic communication as a crucial approach to achieving excellence in performance.

“Adding strategic value to communications raises our media practices to a more advanced level in terms of planning the dissemination of key messages,” he said. “The rapid and frequent advancements in technology make it inevitable that all organizations, not only the Ministry of Defense, must think of communication with audiences strategically.”

Ahmed Ali Asiri, the deputy minister for strategic affairs and a keynote speaker at the event, stressed the importance of strategic communications to the ministry’s media activities. He said it is imperative for all employees to receive updated information accurately and in a timely manner, to ensure the quality and efficiency of operations.

He added that strategic communication is vital to send the right messages about the work of the ministry.

Abdullrahman Al-Sultan, the ministry’s director-general of strategic communications and media, gave a presentation about the role of his directorate, its organizational structure and the strategy behind its operating model.


Saudi crown prince, Spanish prime minister hold call

Saudi crown prince, Spanish prime minister hold call
Updated 17 September 2021

Saudi crown prince, Spanish prime minister hold call

Saudi crown prince, Spanish prime minister hold call

NEOM: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in a phone call on Thursday with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.
The pair discussed bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Spain and ways to enhance them.


Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers food aid to Mali, medical support to Uruguay

Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers food aid to Mali, medical support to Uruguay
Updated 17 September 2021

Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers food aid to Mali, medical support to Uruguay

Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers food aid to Mali, medical support to Uruguay

BAMAKO: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center recently launched a project to distribute food aid to the poor in Mali.

An event to mark the distribution was attended by Saudi ambassador to Mali Khalid Al-Khalid, a KSrelief team and a number of Malian officials.

The aid includes 15,038 bags of rice, weighing 752 tons. It will be distributed to a number of Malian regions, benefiting 120,304 individuals.

It comes within the framework of humanitarian and relief projects being implemented by the Kingdom, through KSrelief, for countries and peoples around the world.

Meanwhile, KSrelief delivered medical and preventive assistance to Uruguay in order to help the country combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of KSrelief, Saudi Ambassador to Uruguay Eyad bin Ghazi Hakim officially handed over the support in the presence of Uruguayan Minister of Public Health Daniel Salinas.

Salinas said that Uruguay has “benefited greatly” from Saudi assistance in its fight against the pandemic.


Saudi Arabia raises awareness on World Patient Safety Day

Saudi Arabia raises awareness on World Patient Safety Day
Updated 17 September 2021

Saudi Arabia raises awareness on World Patient Safety Day

Saudi Arabia raises awareness on World Patient Safety Day

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has joined the world in celebrating World Patient Safety Day 2021.

The Saudi Patient Safety Center said that the 72nd World Health Assembly, affiliated with the World Health Organization, adopted in May 2019 a global action on patient safety, which guarantees celebrating a world day on patient safety each year.

The SPSC noted that this year saw the inauguration of an awareness campaign under the theme “safe maternal and newborn care,” which aims at raising community awareness on the safety of mothers and newborns.

It also aims to support the best health practices to reduce risks and deaths that can be avoided during delivery.