Japan, Saudi FMs attend first strategic dialogue meeting

Japan, Saudi FMs attend first strategic dialogue meeting
Hayashi and Prince Faisal kicked off their meeting by signing a memorandum based on the strategic dialogue agreement that was established in July. (Twitter @KSAMOFA)
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Updated 07 September 2023
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Japan, Saudi FMs attend first strategic dialogue meeting

Japan, Saudi FMs attend first strategic dialogue meeting
  • The two foreign ministers agreed to utilize the strategic dialogue as a guideline for bilateral relations

RIYADH: Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa attended a signing ceremony on Thursday in Riyadh alongside Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan, as part of their first strategic dialogue meeting between the two nations.

Hayashi and Prince Faisal kicked off their meeting by signing a memorandum based on the strategic dialogue agreement that was established in July between Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

During the meeting, Hayashi stated that Japan attaches great importance to strategic partnerships with Saudi Arabia, and that Japan seeks to enhance bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields as well as in the international arena.

The two foreign ministers agreed to utilize the strategic dialogue as a guideline for bilateral relations.

Hayashi reiterated his hope to continue strengthening relations and benefiting from existing frameworks. In response, Prince Faisal confirmed the Kingdom’s cooperation to further strengthen relations with Japan.

Hayashi also proposed holding a policy planning meeting at the administrative level to exchange views on international affairs and common issues.

Prince Faisal agreed and supported the proposal.

Hayashi addressed the recent decision taken by Japan to facilitate the issuance of multiple entry visas for Saudi citizens looking to visit the Asian country. Prince Faisal welcomed the decision.

The two officials expressed their hopes to implement concrete cooperation projects to achieve the vision of making the Middle East a global center for supplying clean energy and vital minerals.

Hayashi clarified Japan’s position regarding the recent discharge of treated water into the sea, while referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s assessment in its comprehensive report.

In response, Prince Faisal stated that Saudi Arabia supports Japan’s efforts in this area.

According to a statement from Japan’s Embassy in Saudi Arabia, Hayashi also stressed the need to lead the international community towards cooperation, instead of division and confrontation, in addressing issues related to peace and stability, including in the Indo-Pacific region.

He also expressed Japan’s hope to work closely with Saudi Arabia, as the two countries share a recognition of the importance of the rule of law and international cooperation.

The two ministers also had a frank exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East and East Asia and agreed to continue working together to achieve peace and stability in the two regions.

In addition, Prince Faisal expressed his support for Japan’s position regarding North Korea.

Hayashi is visiting Saudi Arabia to participate in the first Gulf Cooperation Council-Japan Summit, which was set to discuss trade, investment and global security challenges.

He also met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Oman’s Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Albusaidi and Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The Japanese foreign minister is set to hold several meetings with other GCC leaders on Thursday to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation between the Gulf and Japan.


KSrelief, UN officials meet to discuss aid cooperation

KSrelief, UN officials meet to discuss aid cooperation
Updated 22 February 2024
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KSrelief, UN officials meet to discuss aid cooperation

KSrelief, UN officials meet to discuss aid cooperation

RIYADH: Officials from Saudi Arabia’s aid agency and the UN met in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss ways to improve aid delivery across the world.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, royal court advisor and supervisor-general of KSrelief, met with Mohamed El-Zarkani, the UN’s resident coordinator in Saudi Arabia.

El-Zarkani praised Saudi Arabia for assisting the UN’s various humanitarian and aid agencies.


KSrelief distributes 950 food parcels to displaced people in Khartoum

KSrelief distributes 950 food parcels to displaced people in Khartoum
The assistance forms part of the humanitarian and relief projects it provides in Sudan. (SPA)
Updated 22 February 2024
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KSrelief distributes 950 food parcels to displaced people in Khartoum

KSrelief distributes 950 food parcels to displaced people in Khartoum

KHARTOUM STATE: Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributed 950 food parcels in Sudan’s Khartoum State, benefiting 7,566 displaced people as part of the project to support food security in the country.
The assistance forms part of the humanitarian and relief projects Saudi Arabia provides through its humanitarian arm in Sudan to alleviate the suffering of people displaced by the war.


KSrelief to provide equipment to Sudan children’s hospitals

KSrelief to provide equipment to Sudan children’s hospitals
The agreement aims to reduce mortality rates. (SPA)
Updated 22 February 2024
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KSrelief to provide equipment to Sudan children’s hospitals

KSrelief to provide equipment to Sudan children’s hospitals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aid agency KSrelief signed a cooperation agreement on Wednesday with the Patients Helping Fund Organization in Sudan to provide essential medical equipment to the country’s children’s hospitals.

Ahmed Al-Baiz, KSrelief’s assistant supervisor-general of operations and programs, and Kamal Yaqoub Mohamed, director-general of the fund, signed the agreement in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The aim is to reduce mortality rates in the Kassala and El-Obeid hospitals.

The new equipment will directly benefit 100,000 individuals and another 100,000 indirect beneficiaries.

The agreement is part of the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts, led by KSrelief, to support Sudan’s health sector.


Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers discuss bilateral ties

Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers discuss bilateral ties
Updated 22 February 2024
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Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers discuss bilateral ties

Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers discuss bilateral ties

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, held talks on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Rio de Janeiro.

They discussed the relationship between their countries and ways in which it might be enhanced in various fields, the Saudi Press Agency reported. They also reviewed the latest regional and international developments, particularly those relating to Israel’s war on Gaza.

The Saudi ambassador to Brazil, Faisal Ghulam, and the assistant director general of the foreign minister’s office, Walid Al-Smail, were also present at the meeting.


Saudi foreign minister, Blinken discuss Gaza situation 

Saudi foreign minister, Blinken discuss Gaza situation 
Updated 22 February 2024
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Saudi foreign minister, Blinken discuss Gaza situation 

Saudi foreign minister, Blinken discuss Gaza situation 

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

The pair discussed developments in Gaza and efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

Earlier, Prince Faisal said in his remarks during Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that the G20 countries bear the responsibility to act decisively to end the disaster in the Gaza Strip, which poses urgent threats to regional peace and prosperity as well as global economic stability.