RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met Cuba’s Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz on Saturday on the sidelines of the G77+China summit in the Cuban capital, Havana, the Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry announced.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed relations and ways of enhancing them in various fields and discussed boosting bilateral and multilateral coordination to serve the interests of the two countries.
They also explored potential avenues for economic collaboration in line with Saudi Vision 2030, recognizing the significance of fostering mutual interests to aid sustainable development.
The two sides also discussed opportunities for economic cooperation in light of the Kingdom’s #Vision_2030, and the importance of supporting common interests to achieve sustainable development, prosperity, and well-being of the two countries and people.
KSrelief, UN officials hold talks on volunteer programs
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RIYADH: Officials from Saudi Arabia’s aid agency, KSrelief, and the UN held talks on their respective volunteer programs in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Ali bin Saad Al-Qarni, director of volunteer programs at KSrelief, met with Niels Knudsen, who is the external communications chief for the UN Volunteers program. There were several UN officials present at the meeting.
Al-Qarni said KSrelief has 597 volunteer projects running in 40 countries across the world, which cover health, education, and vocational training.
The projects have benefited more than 1.5 million people.
Al-Qarni also highlighted KSrelief’s efforts in developing the skills of volunteers and humanitarian workers in needy countries around the globe.
Knudsen and Al-Qarni held discussions on future areas of cooperation.
Saudi source denies reports that commerce minister met Israeli counterpart
Updated 27 February 2024
RIYADH: An official Saudi source denied on Monday allegations circulating on social media platforms regarding a meeting between Majid Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce, and an Israeli occupation official, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The same source said in a statement carried by SPA that the video circulated was while Al-Qasabi was standing with his Nigerian counterpart, prior to the opening of the thirteenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi.
“The individual shook (the Saudi minister’s) hand and then was introduced, without (Al-Qasabi’s) prior knowledge,” the source told SPA.
This was followed by Israeli media reports claiming that the two discussed peace between Saudi Arabia and Israel, with one Israeli outlet running a picture of the two under the heading: “Israeli minister and Saudi counterpart shake hands and discuss ‘making history together.’”
The source also affirmed to SPA Saudi Arabia’s firm position on the Palestinian issue and its steadfast support for the Palestinian people against Israeli aggression.
King Salman given award for services to Arab security
The award was received by the Kingdom’s Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud
Interior minister said the council is keen to achieve stability and development in the Arab world
Updated 26 February 2024
RIYADH: King Salman was given the Prince Naif Award for Arab Security on Monday for his services to the security of the Arab community, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Arab Interior Ministers Council conferred the award and it was received by the Kingdom’s Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud in Tunis during a council meeting.
The minister said the meeting was being held at a time when the Palestinian people are experiencing an unstable security situation which has caused the suffering of thousands of children, women, and the elderly.
He said that the council, since its inception, is keen to achieve security for Arabs and bring about stability and development.
Prince Abdulaziz said the world is witnessing developments in cyber crime, the misuse of artificial intelligence, and advanced drug trafficking methods.
These developments have “created fertile ground for the spread of multiple types of organized crime,” armed organizations, and terrorist groups which requires developing plans to invest in infrastructure and support development, education, and capacity building to confront these threats.
He added that Arab coordination to deal with these threats is important in order to mitigate the possible negative repercussions from such threats.
Soulful Arab, French songs mark opening of Francophonie Festival
French-Egyptian opera singer Farrah El-Dibany pays tribute to Fayrouz, Dalida and Farid Al-Atrash
Month-long event will have events organized by French-speaking nations
Updated 26 February 2024
JEDDAH: French-Egyptian opera singer Farrah El-Dibany opened the Francophonie Festival on Sunday here with soulful tributes to Arab legends including Fayrouz, Dalida and Farid Al-Atrash.
Dressed in white and gold attire, reminiscent of the clothing of the ancient Egyptians, El-Dibany, accompanied by Mina Barsoum on piano, Ahmed Boustaji on oud, and Aymen Attitallah on percussion, took the audience on a musical journey transcending borders and cultures.
El-Dibany’s repertoire included iconic French tunes such as “Je suis malade” and Arabic classics.
El-Dibany said: “I am so thankful for being here in Jeddah for the first time,” encapsulating the spirit of cultural exchange and collaboration that defines the Francophonie Festival.
Prior to the performance, the French consul-general in Jeddah, Mohammed Nehad, spoke about the festival’s significance.
● The Francophonie Festival’s aim is to promote French and foster education, cultural and business ties with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world.
● For the opening performance, Farrah El-Dibany was accompanied by Mina Barsoum on piano, Ahmed Boustaji on oud, and Aymen Attitallah on percussion.
● The launch event was attended by diplomats, French expatriates, and cultural enthusiasts, as well as Saudi Arabian officials and citizens.
He said the aim was to promote French and foster education, cultural and business ties with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world.
“Through this festival, we aim to bring people together … francophone itself is a great example for cultural exchange,” he told Arab News.
The launch event was attended by diplomats, French expatriates, and cultural enthusiasts, as well as Saudi Arabia officials and citizens.
Among those in attendance was Larry Lamartiniere, the director of Alliance Francaise in Jeddah, who lauded El-Dibany’s performance as a fitting inauguration of the month-long Mois de la Francophonie 2024 in Saudi Arabia.
He told Arab News: “During March, the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise Saudi Arabia alongside other French-speaking countries and partners will organize events celebrating the rich diversity of francophone cultures.”
Established in 1970, the month is aimed at promoting cultural ties and human development across French-speaking nations worldwide. In Saudi Arabia, the festival acts as a platform for cultural exchange and education.
Several upcoming events include Benjamin Piat performing at NougCafe on Feb. 28, and the French University Graduates’ Night on March 27.
The Alliance Francaise will host a children’s workshop on Feb. 29, featuring culinary and visual arts programs. This will take place alongside a screening of the 2022 French film “Divertimento” that is the story of twin teenage sisters who dream of forming their own orchestra and making classical music available to everyone.
Senegal’s consulate will have discussions and cultural exchanges, the Francophonie Village will have a celebration of food, clothing and folk dance; and there will also be films shown at various schools, consulates and French clubs.