Oman and Saudi Arabia promise to boost cooperation as Sultan Haitham’s visit ends

Oman and Saudi Arabia promise to boost cooperation as Sultan Haitham’s visit ends
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bid farewell to Sultan Haitham as he left on Monday. (SPA)
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Sultan Haitham and King Salman held wide-ranging talks during the visit. (SPA)
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Sultan Haitham's visit ended with a joint Omani-Saudi statement pledging to boost cooperation in many areas. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bid farewell to Sultan Haitham as he left on Monday. (SPA)
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Updated 13 July 2021

Oman and Saudi Arabia promise to boost cooperation as Sultan Haitham’s visit ends

Oman and Saudi Arabia promise to boost cooperation as Sultan Haitham’s visit ends
  • Both sets of leaders also agreed to stimulate the private and public sectors

RIYADH: Oman and Saudi Arabia pledged to boost cooperation as a visit by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq came to an end on Monday.
The sultan was seen off at NEOM Bay Airport by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif.

His two day visit came following an invitation from King Salman to “strengthen the well-established and distinguished relations between the two countries,” a joint statement said.

King Salman and Sultan Haitham held talks on Sunday, in the presence of the crown prince, where both sides praised the coordination achieved in political, military and security fields to achieve security and stability for both countries.

The two sides welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding to establish a Saudi-Omani Coordination Council headed by the foreign ministers of the two countries.

They also agreed to expedite the opening of their border crossings to ease the movement of people and goods to “integrate supply chains in order to achieve the desired economic integration,” the statement said.

They welcomed the “effective communication” between ministers of the two countries, and directed them to work on concluding a number of cooperation agreements.

Both leaders also agreed to stimulate the private and public sectors to reach trade and investment levels that contribute to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and Oman’s Vision 2040.

They agreed to launch initiatives that include major areas of cooperation, including investments in Oman’s Duqm region, energy cooperation, and partnerships in food security, and various cultural, sports and tourism activities.

They also welcomed the Saudi-Omani Business Council meeting held on July 4.

“This will enhance direct and indirect investment opportunities between the private sector in both countries and will increase bilateral visits between business owners, the holding of conferences and exhibitions, and the establishment of economic projects in the two countries,” the statement said. 

The two sides agreed to strengthen environmental cooperation with the Green Middle East initiative that was announced by the crown prince in March.

The Saudi-Omani statement praised the efforts of the OPEC+ countries, led by the Kingdom and with Oman’s participation, which led to stable oil markets, despite a time of weak demand due to the pandemic.

They agreed to study opportunities for bilateral investment in advanced technologies, innovation, health and pharmaceuticals, real estate development, petrochemicals, manufacturing industries, logistical partnership, information technology and financial technology.

“The two sides also welcomed the participation of Saudi companies to invest in the quality projects that the sultanate seeks to achieve,” the statement said.

The statement said they agreed to coordinate their positions to enhance security and stability in the region.

On Yemen, they will continue efforts to find a comprehensive political solution to the crisis.

“They also stressed the importance of dealing seriously and effectively with the Iranian nuclear and missile issue to achieve regional and international security and stability, emphasizing the principles of good neighborliness, respecting UN resolutions and international legitimacy, and sparing the region from all destabilizing activities,” the statement added.


King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general

King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general
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King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general

King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general

RIYADH: King Salman received a telephone call from the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Saturday.

During the call, Guterres welcomed the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives, and praised initiatives announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Saudi Green Initiative forum held in Riyadh.

Guterres said he considered the initiatives a major step in protecting the environment and facing the challenges of climate change.

The king thanked the secretary general and praised UN efforts in confronting climate change, and steps taken by the organization to reduce the phenomenon’s environmental and economic effects.

King Salman also stressed the Kingdom's interest in environmental issues, clean energy and climate change as part of Vision 2030.


Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work

Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work
Updated 49 min 35 sec ago

Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work

Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work
  • The event was hosted by the Charitable Committee for Orphan Care Ensan and was aimed at developing charity work in modern ways
  • Prizes amounting to SR300,000 ($80,000) were awarded

RIYADH: Hundreds of experts took part in an innovation hackathon to provide technical solutions for charitable work.

The event was hosted by the Charitable Committee for Orphan Care, Ensan, and was aimed at developing charity work in modern ways, helping specialists and stakeholders to improve performance in ways that would be reflected in the quality of life for beneficiaries and the provision of services.

It sought to raise the efficiency of charity workers and improve their performance, harness technology to facilitate the lives of orphans, and develop technical solutions to raise financial revenues for charitable societies.

It also sought to develop knowledge management through the exchange of data and information, and employing modern technology in the work of charitable societies.

Another aim was to create solutions to help the government and private sectors to adopt and sponsor technical projects that could be supported in the charity sector to bridge any technology gaps.

The hackathon also sought to enhance the role of the semi-government and private sectors in the field of social responsibility.

Prizes amounting to SR300,000 ($80,000) were awarded and the winners were nominated by a committee consisting of 12 judges, 15 mentors in various technical fields, and specialists from the charity sector.

Team Arshad won first place and received a financial prize of SR120,000. Team “Liyabqa” came in second place, winning SR80,000. 

Team Mu’awan came in third place and received SR45,000, the “In Lans” team came fourth and received SR35,000, while team “Kafu” placed fifth and received SR20,000.


Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 23 October 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced two deaths from COVID-19 and 43 new infections on Saturday.

Of the new cases, 13 were recorded in Riyadh, eight in Jeddah, two in Buraidah, two in Madinah, two in Makkah, and two in Dhahran. Several other cities recorded one new case each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 537,246 after 38 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,776 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 45 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks
Updated 23 October 2021

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks
  • The state-run news agency said the condemnation represents the Security Council’s commitment to the crisis in Yemen

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia welcomed Saturday a statement by the UN Security Council condemning attacks by the Houthi militia against the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The state-run news agency said the condemnation represents the Security Council’s commitment to the crisis in Yemen and recognizes the importance of resolving this conflict politically.

This would contain the crisis’ negative repercussions caused by the Houthis’ rejection of calls for a ceasefire and the lack of positive engagement in political negotiations that would lead to the return of security and stability in Yemen, SPA said.

 

 


Saudi Green Initiative forum

Saudi Green Initiative forum
Updated 23 October 2021

Saudi Green Initiative forum

Saudi Green Initiative forum

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman opened the Saudi Green Initiative forum in Riyadh place on Saturday, announcing the Kingdom’s new “green” objectives.

The forum will discuss Saudi Arabia's environmental efforts with guests that include high-profile government leaders and international personalities.

"We announce in this Forum the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's roadmap for protecting the environment and confronting climate change. This annual forum will serve as a platform to launch our new environmental initiatives and monitor the impact of the previously announced ones," the Crown Prince said. 

"I am pleased to launch initiatives in the energy sector that will reduce carbon emissions by (278) million tons annually by 2030, thus voluntarily more than doubling the target announced, estimated at (130) million tons annually," he added.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also announced the Kingdom's accession to the Global Methane Pledge, "which aims to reduce methane emissions globally by 30 percent."

The Crown Prince also announced Saudi Arabia’s intention to join the Global Oceans Alliance, the Alliance to Eliminate Plastic Waste in Oceans and Beaches, the Sports for Climate Action Agreement, and to establish a global center for Sustainable Tourism, and a Non-Profit foundation to explore the seas and oceans.

"I look forward to the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, which we will host the day after tomorrow, with the aim of synergizing and coordinating efforts among the countries of the region to develop the plans necessary to reach the Middle East Green Initiative target," he concluded. 

12:54 p.m. KSA

Tony Chan, president of KAUST, calls for more partnerships, and collaboration between the public and private sectors to achieve environmental objectives.

 "We are working closely with NEOM to build one of its largest gardens," he said. 

12:41 p.m. KSA

Saudi Arabia has a big opportunity to be leader in the future of the ocean, said World OceanCouncil CEO Paul Holthus, adding that Aramco is one of the biggest ocean-related companies in world.

11:42 a.m. KSA 

 

Prince Charles says we have already seen great progress, which the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives will accelerate.

"We now have dangerously narrow window of opportunity to accelerate climate change action," Prince Charles said.

11:20 a.m. KSA 

Saudi environment minister says the Kingdom will use 50 million hectares for planting the 10 billion trees target under the Saudi Green Initiative.

 

 

The Crown Prince increased the percentage of protected land from 16 percent to 20 percent under the Saudi Green Initiative, the enviroment minister said. 

10:44 a.m. KSA

The UAE's Sultan Al-Jaber says the world is entering an oil supply crunch.

 

10:37 a.m. KSA

Executive secretary of UNFCCC says Kingdom targets are very powerful figures ahead of COP26.

 "It sends very powerful signal at the right moment," Patricia Espinosa said. 

10:25 a.m. KSA 

Saudi energy minister says the Kingdom’s youth will play a big role in the Saudi Green Initiative.

 "They are determined to make their own future," he told the forum.