MoU signed to boost innovation in Saudi healthcare

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Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Al-Falih. (SPA)
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Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (SPA)
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Updated 30 June 2021

MoU signed to boost innovation in Saudi healthcare

MoU signed to boost innovation in Saudi healthcare
  • The MoU includes the launch of an “Innovation Incentive Scheme”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Investment Ministry and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance innovation in the Saudi health and life sciences sector.
The ministry and the pharmaceutical firm will work together over the next five years to enhance the biotechnology business ecosystem, advance clinical trials, and enable research and innovation characterized by strong IP legislation, etc.
The MoU includes the launch of an “Innovation Incentive Scheme.”
Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Al-Falih said: “The case for investing in life sciences and healthcare has never been clearer, as we continue to fight the pandemic.
The sector has shown remarkable innovation and agility to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine, an achievement that would not have been possible without significant investment.”
 


Saudi official: Paris arrest in Khashoggi killing ‘case of mistaken identity’

Reports of an arrest of a suspect in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are false, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. (Getty/File Photo)
Reports of an arrest of a suspect in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are false, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. (Getty/File Photo)
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Saudi official: Paris arrest in Khashoggi killing ‘case of mistaken identity’

Reports of an arrest of a suspect in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are false, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. (Getty/File Photo)

PARIS: A Saudi official said on Tuesday that reports of the arrest of one of the suspected killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in France were false and “a case of mistaken identity.”

The official, in a statement to Reuters in response to a request for comment, said those convicted of the crime “are currently serving their sentences in Saudi Arabia.”


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases
Updated 07 December 2021

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases
  • The health ministry says 59 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,847.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 42 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 549,997 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 33 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 14, followed by Jeddah with 11, while Tabuk, Makkah and Madinah confirmed two cases each.


The health ministry also announced that 59 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 539,141.
Over 47.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 22.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 267 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.28 million.


Saudi Arabia and Oman commit to closer cooperation as first land crossing opens

Saudi Arabia and Oman commit to closer cooperation as first land crossing opens
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Saudi Arabia and Oman commit to closer cooperation as first land crossing opens

Saudi Arabia and Oman commit to closer cooperation as first land crossing opens
  • The Kingdom and the sultanate agreed to cooperate in the field of energy and climate change
  • The two sides also agreed to work to coordinate their positions on regional and international issues

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Oman announced on Tuesday the opening of the first land crossing between the two Gulf neighbors.
“The 725 kilometer Saudi-Omani road...will contribute to the smooth movement of citizens of the two countries and the integration of supply chains,” a joint statement released following an official visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.
The road runs from Al-Batha road intersection near the capital, Riyadh, to the Empty Quarter crossing on the Saudi-Omani border, costing over SR1.9 billion ($506 million).


The project to link the two countries, implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Logistics, is considered an engineering marvel given the difficult terrain and harsh climate in the Empty Quarter. It is also considered one of the ministry’s most important projects due to the role it plays in promoting trade exchange between the two countries, and facilitating the movement of pilgrims and tourists.
The opening of the road also completes the Kingdom’s direct links with all the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and is expected to contribute to increasing the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, which exceeded SR10 billion last year.
Meanwhile, Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and Prince Mohammed held talks in Muscat, where they reviewed prospects for joint cooperation and ways of developing them in various fields. They praised the cooperation and coordination achieved in the political, economic, military and security fields.


The two sides praised the efforts of the OPEC+ countries, led by the Kingdom and with Oman’s participation, which led to the stability and balance of oil markets. They also stressed the importance of continuing this cooperation and called on member countries to adhere to the OPEC+ agreement.
Saudi Arabia and Oman agreed to cooperate in the field of energy and climate change and to work jointly within the framework of the Middle East Green Initiative regionally and globally.
“The two sides agreed to increase the facilities that contribute to the smooth flow of intra-regional trade, enhance cooperation in the field of food security,” the statement said.
During the visit, memoranda of understanding were signed in the fields of tourism, radio and television, news exchange, and audio-visual and print media. Several leading Saudi and Omani companies also signed a number of agreements.
On regional and international issues, the two sides agreed to work to coordinate their positions in a manner that serves their interests and enhances security and stability, and affirmed their support for all efforts aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East.


They called for the need to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that guarantees the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On Yemen, the two sides agreed to continue their efforts to find a comprehensive political solution to the crisis and end the human suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people.
The Kingdom and the sultanate also welcomed the success of the recent elections in Iraq, and the new Iraqi government will continue to work for the security, stability and development of the country.
“The two sides also welcomed the agreements reached by the parties to the transitional phase in Sudan, and affirmed their continued support for everything that would achieve security and stability in Sudan” and stability and prosperity for its people, the statement added.
They also called for the need to implement comprehensive reforms in Lebanon to ensure it overcomes its crises and does not become a launching pad for any terrorist or criminal acts that destabilize regional security and stability.


Saudi Arabia and Oman also called for the need to reach political solutions to the Syrian and Libyan crises, and to support relief efforts and security and stability in Afghanistan so it does not become a safe havens for terrorists and extremists.
Oman praised the Kingdom for calling an extraordinary meeting for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, which will be held in Pakistan on Dec. 19.
They also stressed the need to cooperate and seriously and effectively deal with Iran’s nuclear and missile program with all its components and repercussions in a way that contributes to achieving regional and international security and stability. They emphasized the principles of good neighborliness and respect for UN resolutions and international legitimacy, and sparing the region from all destabilizing activities.
The crown prince’s two-day visit to Oman came following directives from King Salman to strengthen the close relations between the two countries, as part of a Gulf tour that also includes visits to the UAE Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in UAE on next stop of GCC tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in UAE on next stop of GCC tour
Updated 07 December 2021

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in UAE on next stop of GCC tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in UAE on next stop of GCC tour
  • Saudi crown prince’s official tour of the GCC states comes from an earlier royal directive by King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday, on the second leg of his tour of Gulf states aimed at boosting relations.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prince Mohammed left Oman, the first stop of his tour of neighboring Gulf Cooperation Council states, where he met with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.
The crown prince sent a cable to Sultan Haitham following the visit, thanking him for the warm reception and hospitality he and his accompanying delegation received, Saudi Press Agency reported.
“The discussions we had with Your Majesty confirmed the strength of the brotherly relations between our two countries, and the common desire to deepen cooperation between them in all fields,” he said, “which aims to achieve the interests of the two countries and enhance regional security and stability.”
The sultan and crown prince held talks where they reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of bilateral cooperation in several fields, and discussed the latest regional and international developments.
Minister of Energy Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, Minister of Sport Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, and Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan also attended the meetings.
The two sides also welcomed a joint statement announcing the opening of the first direct land crossing between the two countries. The 725km Omani-Saudi road will contribute to the smooth movement of citizens of the two countries and the integration of supply chains, the statement said.
Sultan Haitham awarded the crown prince the Oman Civil Order of the first degree – one of the highest Omani honors – during their official talks at Al-Alam Palace in Muscat. The distinction is awarded to kings, heads of state, crown princes and heads of government whose countries have distinguished relations with Oman.
Prince Mohammed’s tour comes after an earlier royal directive from King Salman to communicate with GCC leaders and strengthen ties, and also includes visits to Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait to discuss ways to develop bilateral relations in all fields, as well as other issues of common interest.


Saudi Arabia, Oman agree to strengthen media and business competitiveness

Saudi Arabia, Oman agree to strengthen media and business competitiveness
Updated 07 December 2021

Saudi Arabia, Oman agree to strengthen media and business competitiveness

Saudi Arabia, Oman agree to strengthen media and business competitiveness
  • On the eve of Saudi Crown Prince Salman’s arrival in Muscat, Saudi Arabia and Oman signed 13 memoranda of understanding, reportedly worth more than $10 billion and covering several sectors

DUBAI: Oman and Saudi Arabia signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding in the field of media related to strengthening cooperation between the two countries in news, audio-visual and print media, Oman’s state news agency reported.
Another memorandum aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of national industries and marketing research, encouraging joint activities and developing countries’ ease of business and e-commerce index was also signed. 
The latest round of cooperation comes a day after Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrived in Muscat to meet with Sultan Haitham bin Tarik as part of his official tour of GCC states.
On the eve of Saudi Crown Prince Salman’s arrival in Muscat, Saudi Arabia and Oman signed 13 memoranda of understanding, reportedly worth more than $10 billion and covering several sectors.