Russia’s Putin congratulates Saudi Arabia for winning Expo 2030 bid

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Russian president Vladimir Putin meet with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin at Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Update Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Russia’s Putin congratulates Saudi Arabia for winning Expo 2030 bid

Russia’s Putin congratulates Saudi Arabia for winning Expo 2030 bid
  • The Russian president and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also exchanged views on regional and international issues, including the crises in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan and Yemen

RIYADH: Following an official visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia this week, during which he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday gave details of areas of future cooperation between the two countries.

According to a joint statement, the leaders discussed historical and strategic relations between their countries and ways in which they might be further developed. The Russian president also congratulated the crown prince on the successful Saudi bid to host World Expo 2030.

They exchanged views on several current regional and international issues. Regarding Sudan, they stressed the importance of building on the Jeddah Declaration, which was signed on May 11 with the aim of protecting civilians during the conflict in the North African country.

On Iran, Putin welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between Riyadh and Tehran and expressed hope that this would lead to enhanced stability and security in the region.

Both sides also stressed their full support for regional and international efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Yemen.

Turning to economic matters, the two leaders said they were keen to enhance mutual and joint investments in their countries. They welcomed a 46 percent increase in the volume of bilateral trade in 2022, compared with 2021, and affirmed their intentions to continue to work together to enhance and diversify trade relations.

The crown prince and president also commended the level of joint investments in industrial initiatives, including projects worth SR300 million ($80 million) to establish four factories in Jubail and Yanbu. In the energy field, they welcomed the close cooperation between their nations and the successful efforts of OPEC+, of which both are members, to provide stability in global oil markets. They said it is important that this cooperation continues and stressed the need for all member states to adhere to OPEC+ agreements, to help support the growth of the global economy.

The two leaders highlighted the importance of enhancing cooperation across the oil and gas industry, including in areas such as research and development, procurement, supply, and the standardization of equipment.

They also agreed on the need for cooperation in the geoscientific field and the exchange of know-how in geological, mining and environmental studies, to mutually benefit sectors under the Kingdom’s National Industrial Strategy.

The crown prince and the president discussed cooperation related to the environment, water, agriculture, food security, communications, technology, the digital economy and innovation. Other areas in which they talked about joint initiatives included the judiciary and justice, sustainable tourism, and the development of efforts to boost the exchange of tourists between the two countries.

Other topics included sports, higher education, research, medical training, technical and vocational training, and the teaching of the Arabic and Russian languages, as well as cooperation in the media and health sectors.

They agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation in international organizations and forums, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the G20, to help confront global economic challenges.

Regarding the current situation in Palestine, the leaders said the only way to achieve security and stability there is through the implementation of international resolutions relating to a two-state solution so that the Palestinian people can achieve their legitimate right to establish an independent state. Russia commended the Kingdom for its efforts in hosting the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh on Nov. 11.

Turning to the crisis in Ukraine, Russia expressed appreciation for the humanitarian assistance provided by Saudi Arabia and the political efforts undertaken by the crown prince.

In conclusion, the Russian president thanked the prince for the “warm reception and generous hospitality” his delegation received.

Putin traveled to the UAE earlier on Wednesday, where he was received by President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at Qasr Al-Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi.


OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah

OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah
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OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah

OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah
  • Inaugural ceremony will be held on June 30 at the Ministerial Conference Hall
  • Ceremony will be followed by a debate on The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities

JEDDAH: The 23rd Regular Session of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation takes place from June 30 to July 4 in Jeddah.

The event will bring together representatives from OIC member and observer states, national human rights institutions, international and regional organizations, and senior officials of the OIC’s General Secretariat, as well as media representatives.

The inaugural ceremony will be held on June 30 at the Ministerial Conference Hall. The ceremony will be followed by a debate on “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities.”

The debate, which will be overseen by the OIC’s Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha and the IPHRC’s Chairperson Talal Khalid Saad Al Mutairi, will feature international experts from specialized institutions from the the UN and the OIC, as well as representatives of OIC member and observer states, including their NHRIs.

The debate will aim to explore the opportunities and challenges posed by AI on human rights, and will look to provide guidance on how to prevent or mitigate its negative impacts.

An outcome document reflecting key recommendations made during the debate will be finalized by the commission and posted on the IPHRC website on the conclusion of the session.

The commission will also hold a high-level event on July 1 called “International Court of Justice Judgment on Gaza: Implications for Future and Possible Way Forward.”

This will analyze the ICJ’s judgment on Gaza and its implications on implementing provisional measures to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis. It will also focus on human rights violations against the Palestinian people, particularly in Gaza.

The commission is expected to conclude memorandums of understanding with several international and regional organizations, aimed at enhancing technical cooperation and exchange in various fields.

The commission is to hold closed meetings of its different working groups at the IPHRC’s headquarters in Al-Hamra District, Jeddah, from July 2-4.

It is expected to hold detailed discussions on all issues on its agenda, including civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights in OIC member states, and human rights violations in Palestine and Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The regular meetings of its four working groups on Palestine; rights of women and children; Islamophobia and Muslim minorities; and the right to development will also be held.


Saudi authorities raid illegal cosmetics factory in Qatif

Saudi authorities raid illegal cosmetics factory in Qatif
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Saudi authorities raid illegal cosmetics factory in Qatif

Saudi authorities raid illegal cosmetics factory in Qatif
  • Food and Drug Authority seizes 365,000 items after tracing origin of unlicensed product sold online to a house where it was manufactured illegally
  • Under Article 34 of the Cosmetic Products Law and related regulations, manufacturers and distributors of illegal goods face fines up to SR5m or up to five years in prison

RIYADH: A facility in Qatif is being prosecuted for the manufacture and marketing of cosmetics without proper licensing. It was also found to be storing regulated products at an unauthorized location.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority traced the origin of an unlicensed product sold online to a residential property, where they discovered it was being manufactured illegally. During a raid on the location, officials confiscated products and ingredients. They also discovered an unlicensed warehouse containing unregistered cosmetics and food items, along with an area used to fulfill online orders.

The authority shut down the storage facility, seized approximately 365,000 products from the house, warehouse and the fulfillment center, and referred the case to the Public Prosecution

Under Article 34 of the Cosmetic Products Law and related regulations, manufacturers and distributors of illegal goods face fines up to SR5 million ($1.33 million) or up to five years in prison.


Saudi ambassador to Egypt hands over copy of credentials to Egyptian FM

Saudi ambassador to Egypt Saleh bin Eid Al-Husseini hands over his credentials to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
Saudi ambassador to Egypt Saleh bin Eid Al-Husseini hands over his credentials to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
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Saudi ambassador to Egypt hands over copy of credentials to Egyptian FM

Saudi ambassador to Egypt Saleh bin Eid Al-Husseini hands over his credentials to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
  • During the reception, Shoukry welcomed Al-Husseini and wished him success in his post

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to Egypt Saleh bin Eid Al-Husseini handed over his credentials to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Tuesday.

During the reception, Shoukry welcomed Al-Husseini and wished him success in his post. He also highlighted the depth of the historic relations between their countries.

Al-Husseini expressed his aspirations to continue implementing the directives of the Saudi leadership in strengthening the existing and well-established strategic relations between the Kingdom and Egypt in various fields.


Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attacks that targeted places of worship in Russia’s Dagestan

Russia’s FSB security service officers conduct an anti-terrorist operation in Dagestan. (File/AFP)
Russia’s FSB security service officers conduct an anti-terrorist operation in Dagestan. (File/AFP)
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Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attacks that targeted places of worship in Russia’s Dagestan

Russia’s FSB security service officers conduct an anti-terrorist operation in Dagestan. (File/AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry affirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of all forms of terrorism, extremism, and targeting of civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned on Tuesday the terrorist attacks that targeted churches and synagogues in Russia’s mainly Muslim region of Dagestan on Sunday.

21 people were killed and at least 46 people were injured after militants attacked Christian and Jewish houses of worship and fired at police in the cities of Derbent and Makhachkala in Dagestan.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry affirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of all forms of terrorism, extremism, and targeting of civilians.

The Kingdom extended its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, Russia, and its people. It also wished the injured a speedy recovery.


Saudi defense minister received by Chinese counterpart in Beijing

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman is received by his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun in Beijing on Tuesday. (SPA)
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman is received by his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun in Beijing on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 25 June 2024
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Saudi defense minister received by Chinese counterpart in Beijing

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman is received by his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun in Beijing on Tuesday. (SPA)
  • A reception was held for Prince Khalid who is on an official visit to the country
  • Earlier on Tuesday, Prince Khalid met with the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission

RIYADH: Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman was received by his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun in Beijing on Tuesday.

A reception was held for Prince Khalid who is on an official visit to the country.

The two ministers held an official discussion session during which Saudi-Chinese relations and ways to strengthen them within the framework of the strategic defense partnership were reviewed.

They also discussed joint coordination efforts to maintain international peace and security.

Prince Khalid met with the Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Zhang Youxia on Tuesday. (SPA)

Earlier on Tuesday, Prince Khalid met with the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Zhang Youxia.

Ways to strengthen military and defense cooperation and regional and international developments were discussed during their meeting. They also exchanged views on issues of common interest.