Saudi Arabia and Norway sign agreement to enhance relations

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
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Updated 11 August 2021

Saudi Arabia and Norway sign agreement to enhance relations

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference. (SPA)
  • The MoU aims to take relations to broader horizons to serve the aspirations of both countries’ governments and people
  • Prince Faisal called on Norwegian businesses and government agencies to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Norway signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for political consultations to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
The agreement was signed during a meeting between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide via video conference.
The MoU aims to take relations to broader horizons to serve the aspirations of both countries’ governments and people, the ministry said.

“The two countries share many areas of cooperation, most notably joint coordination in the oil and energy sector, renewable energy, climate change, investment and tourism, in addition to continuous consultation and constructive dialogue regarding developments in the Middle East and important international issues for both countries,” Prince Faisal said.
“The two countries agree on the importance of encouraging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to international crises, adherence to the principles of international law, peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, and achieving international peace and security,” he added.
Prince Faisal called on Norwegian businesses and government agencies to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic reform program.
“We are confident that your country will provide appropriate investment facilities for Saudi investors to invest in Norway in a way that enhances the trade and economic relations of our two countries,” Prince Faisal added.


Saudi-French relationship rich, long-standing and based on trust, says envoy

Saudi-French relationship rich, long-standing and based on trust, says envoy
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Saudi-French relationship rich, long-standing and based on trust, says envoy

Saudi-French relationship rich, long-standing and based on trust, says envoy

The deep relationship between France and Saudi Arabia is rich, long-standing and based on trust, Ludovic Pouille, the French ambassador to the Kingdom, said on Tuesday. The nations have forged partnerships at all levels based on mutual interests and a common view of international issues, he added. “We feel the energy in all our partnerships that revive French-Saudi cooperation in all fields included in the Saudi Vision 2030,” Pouille said. On the opening day of the fifth Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, the ambassador said the event has become a benchmark for assessing the quality of other investment forums worldwide. He added that its international scale has contributed to the opening up and promotion of the Saudi economy to a global audience of international investors in a bid to achieve the objectives Saudi Vision 2030.


Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid

Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid

Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle 5,246,000 amphetamine tablets through Jeddah’s Islamic Port.

Maj. Raed Al-Najidi, spokesperson for the Saudi General Directorate of Narcotics Control, said the pills had been hidden inside crates of grapes intended for distribution throughout the Kingdom.

A Syrian and two Jordanians were arrested in connection with the incident.

The drugs seizure was carried out as part of a coordinated operation between the directorate and the Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority.

Saudi border patrols in Jazan, Najran, and Asir recently thwarted attempts to sneak more than one ton of cannabis and 66 tons of qat into the Kingdom.

And in May, Saudi authorities foiled a plot to smuggle almost 1,000 kilograms of hashish into the country through its southern borders. Twenty-four people — 18 Ethiopians, four Yemenis, and two Saudis — were arrested.


Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East

Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East

Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East
  • They reviewed the strong and historical bilateral relations, and opportunities to strengthen them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan made a phone call on Tuesday to his British counterpart Liz Truss.
During the call, they reviewed the strong and historical Saudi-British relations, and opportunities to strengthen them in all fields, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said. 
The two sides also discussed Saudi-British efforts to lay the foundations for peace, security and stability in the Middle East and the world.
Truss recently concluded a visit to the Kingdom aimed at boosting economic and security ties.


Saudi Arabia reiterates call for restraint, calm in Sudan: Cabinet

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi Arabia reiterates call for restraint, calm in Sudan: Cabinet

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
  • Ministers welcomed a UN Security Council statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the Kingdom
  • The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet reiterated its call for calm, de-escalation and preserving political and economic gains, and said it was following up on the latest developments in Sudan.
Sudanese military leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan dissolved the government and the Sovereign Council on Monday and the prime minister and other ministers have been detained.
The Kingdom said it “supports everything that aims to protect unity among all political components, and emphasized its continued support for the Sudanese people for security, stability, growth and prosperity.”
The statement came following a weekly Council of Ministers meeting that was chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM.
At the beginning of the session, the king briefed the ministers on the content of a letter he received from Bahrain’s King Hamad, the letter he sent to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and the phone call with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The Cabinet hailed the success of the Saudi Green Initiative Forum and the Middle East Green Initiative Summit in presenting a package of qualitative initiatives to protect the environment, face the challenges of climate change, reduce its negative effects, create the necessary infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions, and strengthening the level of regional coordination in this field.
The Council of Ministers reviewed a number of topics and regional and international developments during the meeting.
The ministers welcomed a UN Security Council statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the Kingdom’s territory and civilian facilities, and said it was an important boost to the Kingdom’s efforts to successfully end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution.

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause and finding a just solution that secures the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. It also reiterated a call to the UN Economic and Financial Committee of the necessity to compel Israel to comply with international resolutions and laws, end the occupation and complete a withdrawal from Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The ministers also discussed the Kingdom’s statement at an international ministerial conference on supporting the stability of Libya, which was held in the capital, Tripoli, about its support for international efforts to preserve its unity and the security of its territories. Saudi Arabia praised the steps taken by the Libyan authority toward achieving a unified sovereign state that enjoys security, stability and development.
The Cabinet authorized the sports minister to sign a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qatar, the minister of Islamic affairs to sign an agreement with Greece, and the tourism minister to sign an MoU with the UK.
It also authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture to sign a draft cooperation agreement with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and approved a license for Oman’s Sohar International Bank to open a branch in the Kingdom.


Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
Updated 26 October 2021

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
  • The civil defense warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.

RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia starting on Wednesday and lasting until Friday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Tuesday.
The authority warned of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds in the capital Jazan, Asir, Al-Baha, and Makkah on Wednesday and Thursday. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.
The civil defense also warned of thunderstorms with light to medium rain and in Madinah, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders Province, Al-Jawf, and the Eastern Province.
The warnings were issued based on data received from the National Center of Meteorology.
The civil defense called on everyone to exercise caution, be wary of the severe conditions, stay away from places that could flood, and to abide by the civil defense’s instructions and updates announced through media and social media outlets.