Saudi crown prince, Cyprus president hold talks in Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosts the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosts the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosts the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Updated 02 March 2022

Saudi crown prince, Cyprus president hold talks in Riyadh

Saudi crown prince, Cyprus president hold talks in Riyadh
  • Prince Mohammed and Nicos Anastasiades held talks during which they discussed relations and cooperation
  • Efforts to enhance joint coordination and issues of common interest were also reviewed

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosted the president of Cyprus at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

After a welcoming ceremony, Prince Mohammed and Nicos Anastasiades held talks during which they discussed relations and cooperation between the two countries. 

Efforts to enhance joint coordination in various fields and regional and international issues of common interest were also reviewed.

The Cypriot side condemned the Houthis' terrorist attacks with ballistic missiles and drones targeting the Kingdom’s territory, its vital facilities, and civilian objects.

The Kingdom affirmed its principled position regarding the Cyprus issue on the importance of resolving disputes through peaceful means and dialogue in accordance with the rules of international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.




Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosts the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia and Cyprus agreed to discuss cooperation in the energy sector, including petrochemicals, energy efficiency, and electricity.

The two sides agreed on importance of raising the pace of economic cooperation by promoting and diversifying trade and investment exchange.

They also agreed to discuss cooperation on clean technologies for hydrocarbon resources, and low-carbon fuels, including hydrogen.

Cyprus welcomed the Saudi  Green and Middle East Green initiatives. Saudi Arabia also welcomed the Cypriot President's initiative for Coordinating Climate Change Actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.

With regard to climate change issues, the two sides stressed the importance of adhering to the principles of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.

The nations also emphasized the importance of elevating cooperation in tourism.

They also agreed to work on localizing energy sector products and associated supply chains.

The crown prince praised Cyprus’ support for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host Expo 2030.

In a tweet, Anastasiades said that he “reaffirmed the mutual commitment to intensify the strategic nature of our bilateral partnership and enhance political, trade, and socio-economic links between Cyprus and Saudi Arabia,” during his visit.


Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 
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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 
  • Al-Saud highlighted the depth of relations with Iraq

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, affirmed on Thursday that economic relations with Iraq were developing significantly. 

Al-Saud made the statement during a press conference held in Iraq with the country’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. 

Hussein said ‘security cooperation continues with Saudi Arabia’ and added they were ‘working to reduce tensions in the region.’ 

Al-Saud also highlighted the depth of relations with Iraq, which he stated had ‘witnessed great momentum recently.’ 

“We support the Iraqi government’s effort to enhance stability,” he said. 

Al-Saud added that stability was crucial in order for opportunities for prosperity to rise.


KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan

KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan
Updated 02 February 2023

KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan

KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan
  • A shipment delivered by KSRelief containing 500 food packages benefited 500 families in Niger
  • Syrian refugee children in eight Jordanian governorates received school bags

DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 350 food packages to those affected by the floods in Pakistan’s Sindh province. 

The relief center’s delivery benefited 2,450 individuals on Tuesday, state agency SPA reported. 

It also distributed 42 tons and 372 kilograms of food items in Yemen’s Marib, benefiting 132 families and 924 individuals in the area. 

Similarly, a shipment delivered by KSRelief containing 500 food packages benefited 500 families in Niger, while 400 food packages were sent to Afghanistan, benefiting 2,400 individuals in-need. 

Meanwhile, Syrian refugee children in eight Jordanian governorates received school bags from KSRelief in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity. 

The aim was to provide 29,881 male and female students with basic educational supplies.


Saudi crown prince, French FM discuss bilateral relations

Saudi crown prince, French FM discuss bilateral relations
Updated 02 February 2023

Saudi crown prince, French FM discuss bilateral relations

Saudi crown prince, French FM discuss bilateral relations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received on Thursday Catherine Colonna, French minister for Europe and foreign affairs, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations in all fields, in addition to the latest regional and international developments.

Saudi and French senior officials attended the meeting.

Colonna arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday on an official visit to the Kingdom.

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. (Twitter/@KSAMOFA)

Upon her arrival at King Khalid International Airport, she was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

Colonna’s visit is expected to focus on ways to enhance the distinguished cooperation between the Kingdom and France, the ministry added.


Saudi foreign minister reviews relations with OIC chief, Cypriot and Kyrgyz counterparts

Saudi foreign minister reviews relations with OIC chief, Cypriot and Kyrgyz counterparts
Updated 02 February 2023

Saudi foreign minister reviews relations with OIC chief, Cypriot and Kyrgyz counterparts

Saudi foreign minister reviews relations with OIC chief, Cypriot and Kyrgyz counterparts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hissein Brahim Taha, the ministry said on Wednesday. 
During the call, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between the Kingdom and the OIC in various fields, in addition to discussing the most prominent regional and international developments.
Prince Faisal also received separate calls from his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides and his Kyrgyz counterpart Zheenbek Kulubaev, the ministry said.
During the calls, they reviewed bilateral relations, and ways to enhance and develop them in various fields of cooperation and joint coordination, and discussed aspects of enhancing joint action toward various regional and international issues.


Top chef serves up the story behind Saudi Arabia’s new national dishes

Top chef serves up the story behind Saudi Arabia’s new national dishes
Updated 02 February 2023

Top chef serves up the story behind Saudi Arabia’s new national dishes

Top chef serves up the story behind Saudi Arabia’s new national dishes
  • In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Rakan Al-Oraifi explains the appeal and cultural significance of jareesh and maqshush
  • They were recently named by the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Culinary Arts Commission as the Kingdom’s national dish and dessert

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Culinary Arts Commission announced this month that jareesh has been selected as the national dish of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and maqshush as its national dessert.

Jareesh is a slow-cooked dish of cracked wheat, vegetables and a sauce, with the optional addition of lamb. Maqshush is made of buckwheat bites topped with some combination of ghee, honey, dates, molasses and sugar.

The commission’s announcement forms part of its National and Regional Dishes Narratives initiative, which seeks to identify and celebrate popular dishes that are part of the Kingdom’s culinary culture. It will include research to discover which dishes best represent each region, the results of which are due to be announced later in the year.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Rakan Al-Oraifi, an internationally renowned Saudi executive chef, welcomed the initiative, which he said will showcase traditional dishes and ensure they are at the forefront of the Saudi Culinary scene.

Al-Oraifi, who is a member of the World Master Chefs Society and the founder of Kit Catering, said that jareesh originated in the central Najd region and there is more than one variety.

“Usually, we cook it with laban (buttermilk), so it is known as white jareesh,” he said. “We also have a second kind of jareesh, which is from Hail (in north-western Saudi Arabia), and it is red because we cook it with tomato sauce.”

The distinctive flavors of the dish come from its topping of ghee, caramelized onions and lemon powder, he added.

The selection of jareesh as national dish reflects its popularity across Saudi society, the Culinary Arts Commission said, and references to it can be found in heritage books dating back centuries. It is considered one of the most important dishes in Saudi heritage and is known as “master of dishes,” it added.

Al-Oraifi said that the main reason jareesh is so popular is because people in the Najd region historically ate wheat rather than rice because it required fewer resources.

“Jareesh is a traditional dish everyone likes, young and the old,” he said. “The dish is filled with different flavors; it is kind of salty, a little bit sour because of the buttermilk, and you can eat it during winter or summer.”

According to the commission, the dish is typically served on a variety of occasions, mainly happy ones, and though it originated in the central region it spread throughout the Kingdom.

Maqshush, meanwhile is a dessert typically served as breakfast in Saudi households, and comprises wheat flour, ghee and honey or sugar. It is particularly popular during the winter. According to the commission, the history of the dish dates back more than a century and it is commonly served with Saudi coffee.

Al-Oraifi — who is also a member of the World Association of Master Chefs, the Emirates Culinary Guild, Latin American gastronomic association Aregala International, and the Saudi Arabian Chef Association — is pleased that the dessert, which originated in Hail, is being recognized.

“Maqshush also is made from wheat,” he said. “We mix two kinds of flower in Maqshush: white and brown.”

He added that it is a popular breakfast dish because the wheat, ghee and honey provide energy and power.

In addition to their widespread popularity, the authenticity of their flavors, and their significance in Saudi culture, jareesh and maqshush were chosen as national dishes because they are simple to prepare using ingredients that are readily available, the commission said.

According to “Saveurs d’Arabie” (“Flavors of Arabia”), a cookbook published recently by the commission and Cassi Edition, maqshush might be considered a combination of pancakes and bread because of its taste and texture. It’s small, soft loaves are simple to make and were traditionally baked on a saj, a convex metal pan.

According to the book, the word maqshush means one who picks the smallest portion or pieces of food, which is thought to reflect the fact the dish is prepared from simple, inexpensive ingredients.

Al-Oraifi has been crowned the best chef in Saudi Arabia three times. In 2021, he was awarded first place in the culinary category at the National Cultural Awards. He was the executive chef of Suhail restaurant in Riyadh and AlUla, for which he created a unique, authentic menu.

He joined Al-Khozama group as Executive Chef in 2022 to create a contemporary Saudi menu for Maiz restaurant in Diriyah, and recently moved to Paris for the advanced study of French pastry.

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Jareesh and maqshush

Jareesh, a popular dish that originated from Saudi Arabia's central Najd region, has been designated as national dish of the Kingdom by the Ministry of Culture’s Culinary Arts Commission. It is a slow-cooked dish of cracked wheat, vegetables and a sauce, with the optional addition of lamb. Maqshush, made of buckwheat bites topped with some combination of ghee, honey, dates, molasses and sugar, is the national dessert.