Saudi envoy to Portugal meets Ma’aden acting CEO

Saudi ambassador to Portugal, Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsin bin Abdulaziz, meeting with MAaden CEO Abdulaziz bin Askar Al-Harbi in Lisbon. (SPA)
Saudi ambassador to Portugal, Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsin bin Abdulaziz, meeting with MAaden CEO Abdulaziz bin Askar Al-Harbi in Lisbon. (SPA)
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Updated 02 October 2021

Saudi envoy to Portugal meets Ma’aden acting CEO

Saudi envoy to Portugal meets Ma’aden acting CEO

LISBON: The Saudi ambassador to Portugal, Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsin bin Abdulaziz, on Friday met with Abdulaziz bin Askar Al-Harbi, the acting chief executive officer of the Saudi Arabian Mining Co.(Maaden).

Their talks in the Portuguese capital Lisbon took place following Maaden’s participation as a platinum sponsor of the recent World Fertilizer Conference held in Boston, in the US.

The World Fertilizer Conference draws hundreds of industry professionals, and representatives from around the world who represent all sectors of the fertilizer industry.

From the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to deep dives into innovation, the economy, public policy, and more, the conference is considered one of the most important business and networking event for the global fertilizer industry.

 

 

 


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)
Updated 07 December 2021

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.”


Who’s Who: Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel, founder and chairman of the Saudi Scientific Research and Innovation Association

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel. (Supplied)
Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel. (Supplied)
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Who’s Who: Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel, founder and chairman of the Saudi Scientific Research and Innovation Association

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel. (Supplied)

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel is founder and chairman of the Saudi Scientific Research and Innovation Association based in Riyadh since May 2021.
He is also a scientific researcher at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology since 1998.
Al-Akeel established the Saudi Innovation Forum in 2016, which promotes research, development, innovation and creativity to contribute to achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
He served as project manager for the Biotechnology Incubator in Riyadh in 2009, where he worked on the infrastructure and design of the incubator, as well as the lab and network setup.
He was also project manager for the technology transfer between KACST and the UK between 2011-2012 and for that between KACST and South Africa in 2002.
Al-Akeel also served as director of the engineering and biomedical engineering departments at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital from 1993-1997.
In 2003, he worked as associate director of research and development, supervising research projects at KACST and supporting its growth.
Because his area of interest is innovation commercialization, Al-Akeel believes that research and development are vital for economic progress.
Al-Akeel holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and innovation and a postgraduate diploma in research management from the University of Edinburgh Business School.
Before these, he earned a postgraduate diploma in electronics engineering from the University of Wales and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

 


Saudi Shoura Council Speaker receives head of the US mission to KSA

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh receives Martina Strong in Riyadh. (SPA)
Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh receives Martina Strong in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Shoura Council Speaker receives head of the US mission to KSA

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh receives Martina Strong in Riyadh. (SPA)
  • A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting along with ways to boost cooperation and communication between the Shoura Council and the US Congress

RIYADH: Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh on Tuesday received in Riyadh the head of the US mission to the Kingdom, Martina Strong, along with other American Embassy officials.
During a reception, Strong was briefed on the role played by the Shoura Council in the Kingdom’s legislative system, its working mechanisms, and diplomatic links at regional and international levels.
A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting along with ways to boost cooperation and communication between the Shoura Council and the US Congress.


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.