Saudi foreign minister holds bilateral talks on sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Serbia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic receives Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic receives Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Nicaraguan counterpart Denis Moncada in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Nicaraguan counterpart Denis Moncada in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Guatemalan counterpart Pedro Brolo Vila in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Guatemalan counterpart Pedro Brolo Vila in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets Algerian Finance Minister Ayman Ben Abdul Rahman in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets Algerian Finance Minister Ayman Ben Abdul Rahman in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic receives Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic receives Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi foreign minister holds bilateral talks on sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Serbia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic receives Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Belgrade on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (SPA)
  • He held talks with the Serbian president on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Belgrade
  • Prince Faisal also met his Iraqi and Nicaraguan counterparts

RIYADH: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic thanked Saudi Arabia for its international efforts in combating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and initiatives to distribute vaccines quickly to the most needy countries.
Vucic’s comments came during official talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Monday at the presidential palace in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.
During the meeting, Prince Faisal conveyed greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Vucic and the Serbian government and people.
The two sides discussed the need to increase intra-regional investments, especially in the renewable energy and technology sectors, in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. They also spoke about the Kingdom’s international efforts to address and tackle the challenges of climate change and the crown prince’s Saudi and Middle East green initiatives that were announced in March.
They also reviewed relations and joint cooperation between the two countries and discussed strengthening aspects of bilateral cooperation in various fields.
Prince Faisal also met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Belgrade where they “reviewed the solid relations between the two countries and discussed strengthening aspects of bilateral cooperation in various fields and ways to support and develop them,” the kingdom’s foreign ministry said.
They also discussed ways to intensify joint coordination to serve the interests of the two countries and regional and international developments.
Prince Faisal also held bilateral talks with Algerian Finance Minister Ayman Ben Abdul Rahman and his counterparts from Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guatemala on the sidelines of the summit.


AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city
Updated 03 October 2022

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city
  • Exhibition being staged at AlUla International Airport

RIYADH: The Royal Commission for AlUla has launched a new art exhibition showcasing local and international works celebrating the historic city’s legacy and culture.

Being staged at AlUla International Airport, the display will feature sculptures, photographs, textiles, and drawings.

The commission’s arts and creative planning director, Nora Aldabal, said: “We are pleased to unveil the Safar Art Exhibition, which is an extension of our ongoing cultural efforts we seek to achieve in partnership with contemporary artists inside and outside the Kingdom.

“The Safar collection represents the depth and strength of AlUla’s relationship with the arts, as it is an important new addition to the series of world-class events that were held recently in the Kingdom, including Desert X AlUla 2022, Cortona on the Move, What Lies Within, and many more,” she added.

The exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists.

Aldabal said: “Being inside the airport, the exhibition reconnects local, regional, and international visitors to AlUla in its new chapter as a center for exploration and artistic production.

“The arts are an integral part of the region’s personality and identity, and art contributes to developing the quality of life for the local community and drives the wheel of the future. This is an open invitation to all to be part of the AlUla journey,” she added.

Zahra Al-Ghamdi, one of the exhibiting artists, said: “I am pleased to continue my artistic journey with AlUla within the exhibition. This exceptional destination, with its cultural imprint and amazing geographic nature, has had the greatest impact on my artistic aspirations and career.

“I am proud to be part of the creative community of AlUla and grateful for the role I play in its future legacy. After being displayed at both Desert X AlUla 2020 and What Lies Within, I consider this new collaboration another exceptional opportunity to participate in the leading arts performances in AlUla.

“I grew up in the southwestern region of the Kingdom and then moved to study and work both in Saudi Arabia and abroad and consider that we currently live in the brightest eras of Saudi art, as AlUla is at the forefront of the art scene,” Al-Ghamdi added.

The focus on art and culture is at the forefront of the commission’s mission, championed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to protect the natural heritage of AlUla and share its culture and history with the world.


Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development
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Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development
  • The company will aim to improve infrastructure and build strategic partnerships with the private sector and investors by creating new opportunities

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Monday the launch of the Saudi Downtown Company which aims to build and develop downtown areas and mixed-use destinations in 12 Saudi cities.

The company will aim to improve infrastructure and build strategic partnerships with the private sector and investors by creating new business and investment opportunities in key economic sectors including retail, tourism, entertainment, and housing.

The 12 cities include Madinah, Al-Khobar, Al-Ahsa, Buraidah, Najran, Jazan, Hail, Al-Baha, Arar, Taif, Dumat Al-Jandal, and Tabuk. The company will develop over 10 million square meters of land across all projects, creating modern destinations drawn from Saudi Arabia’s diverse local culture and traditional architectural motifs, while using cutting-edge technology in every project.

By launching the SDC, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund aims to increase trade and investment opportunities in various Saudi cities to increase their attractiveness and create a positive impact on their local economies.

The projects will also contribute to creating new opportunities for the private sector and more jobs for locals. They will localize knowledge and expertise to help entrepreneurs and companies start up and develop their businesses.

The company’s strategy aligns with PIF’s efforts to unlock the capabilities of local promising sectors that can help drive the diversification of the economy and contribute to non-oil GDP growth, in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.

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Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
Updated 03 October 2022

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
  • Delegation includes officials and representatives from 14 government agencies and 62 companies.

RIYADH: The Minister of Commerce Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi is leading a Saudi delegation to Morocco for a four-day official visit, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The delegation includes officials from 14 government agencies as well as private-sector representatives from 62 companies in Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Qasabi will meet the Moroccan Minister of Industry and Trade Riad Mazur on Monday to discuss ways to improve trade and investment relations and enable the two countries’ private sectors to increase trade volume.

During his visit, Al-Qasabi will attend the Saudi-Moroccan Economy Forum on Tuesday, along with business leaders from both countries.

The two countries will also sign two memorandum of cooperation in the field of mutual recognition of halal certificates for local products, as well as a draft program for technical cooperation between the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization and the Moroccan Institute for Standardization.

Al-Qasabi will also open the commercial attache’s new headquarters in Casablanca, with the goal of facilitating Saudi exports into markets and attracting quality investments that contribute to the strengthening of trade relations between the two countries.

 


Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan

Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan
Updated 03 October 2022

Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan

Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan
  • Prince Faisal also met with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin on Monday

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was received by the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon at the presidential palace during a visit to Dushanbe on Monday.

During the reception, Prince Faisal and Rahmon  reviewed bilateral relations and discussed the latest international developments.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin during a visit to Dushanbe on Monday. (SPA)

Earlier, the Kingdom’s foreign minister met with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

The two ministers held a session of talks during which they reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom and Tajikistan and ways to strengthen and develop them in all fields. They also discussed issues of common interest.


KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan
Updated 03 October 2022

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan
  • The relief items, which were distributed on Saturday, benefited 1,570 people in the Beqaa region

DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 314 food baskets to Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s West Bekaa region. 
The relief items, which were distributed on Saturday, benefited 1,570 people in the area. 
Meanwhile, the aid center concluded its 11th and 12th volunteer programs in the Zaatari refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan. 
The initiative saw 26 volunteers from different medical, psychological, social, and educational backgrounds offering their expertise to people in-need. 
They offered training courses to 236 people, educational programs to 185 people, computer maintenance to 194 people, first aid services to 430 people, and psychological counseling to 260 people. 
Medical services offered during the visit benefitted 29 patients in heart clinics for children, 184 people in the dermatology department, and 75 patients in-need of physiotherapy treatment.