King Salman holds talks with Palestinian president

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman receives a commemorative gift from President Mahmud Abbas of the State of Palestine at the king’s palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman holds talks with President Mahmud Abbas of the State of Palestine at the king’s palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman receives a commemorative gift from President Mahmud Abbas of the State of Palestine at the king’s palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 19 June 2016

King Salman holds talks with Palestinian president

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received at Al-Salam palace on Sunday President Mahmud Abbas of the State of Palestine, who is currently on a visit to the kingdom.
In their talks, King Salman emphasized the kingdom’s firm stance toward the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
The latest developments in the Palestinian territories were also reviewed.
The talks were attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and interior minister; Prince Khalid al-Faisal, adviser to the king and governor of Makkah region; Prince Mansour bin Miteb, minister of state, cabinet member and adviser to the king; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister of national guard; Minister of State and Cabinet Member Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani.
With President Abbas were Palestinian Ambassador to the Kingdom Bassem Abdullah Al-Agha and other officials.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.