DiplomaticQuarter: A cultural concert marks strong Saudi-China diplomatic ties

DiplomaticQuarter: A cultural concert marks strong Saudi-China diplomatic ties
China organized a concert in Beijing to mark three decades of Saudi-China ties. (Supplied)
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Updated 26 November 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: A cultural concert marks strong Saudi-China diplomatic ties

DiplomaticQuarter: A cultural concert marks strong Saudi-China diplomatic ties

RIYADH: A cultural concert was organized in Beijing to mark three decades of Saudi-China diplomatic relationship.
Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Weiqing told Arab News: “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the China-Saudi diplomatic relations. The pandemic makes us keep social distance, but it never cut loose the bond of our hearts, we stand together and move forward.”
“We recorded a concert performed by top-level China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing to commemorate the historical moment of our two countries, and scheduled to release it on TV and online right after the G20 Summit,” said the ambassador.
“And we chose a maestro of Saudi music, Aghla Balad, to play in the concert,” he added.
Sharing a video clip from the musical concert the Chinese ambassador tweeted: “The Arabs say: ‘Give back with gratitude.’ I am sharing with you a video of a beautiful moment at the concert that will be shown on CCTV Arabia and we dedicate it to the rich Kingdom and its generous people.”
He said: “Saudi Arabia took over the G20 presidency under very special circumstances, but it never undermined the inspiration and ambition of the Saudi leadership, government and people to bring about a summit of full success. The Kingdom won the respect and appreciation of the world. China appreciates the great efforts, shares the same values, and takes the same position in global governance with Saudi Arabia.”
“Once again, we take this opportunity to congratulate the Saudi government and people for a successful G20 Summit,” he added.
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Saudi-China diplomatic relations as the two governments established official diplomatic relations on July 21, 1990.
Saudi-China relations have strengthened over the years.
During the coronavirus disease pandemic, ties were further strengthened with the two countries offering each other assistance and staunch support.
Following instructions from King Salman, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) actively provided China with medical supplies, which played a positive role in helping China effectively control the pandemic.
  In April this year, China and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement worth $265.29 million to fight the pandemic, providing 9 million nucleic acid tests for Saudi Arabia and setting up laboratories in six major areas in the Kingdom.
China also sent a team of medical experts to the Kingdom to help fight the virus.


Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims
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Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims
  • At least 56 people were killed and 820 injured in the quake that left 15,000 people displaced

RIYADH: The Saudi King and Crown Prince have offered their condolences to President Joko Widodo of Indonesia after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Sulawesi island on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.

According to the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) at least 56 people were killed and 820 injured in the quake that left 15,000 people displaced.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their sympathy to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.