Visit takes China ties to new level

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DEALS SEALED: Officials sign agreements in the presence of Saudi and Chinese ministers in Beijing on Monday. (SPA)
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SOLIDARITY: Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi and Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih with a Chinese official at the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. (SPA)
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CULTURAL TIES: Information and Culture Minister Adel Al-Toraifi poses for photographers with Chinese Culture Minister Li Yang during their meeting in Beijing on Monday. (SPA)
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DEFINING PRIORITIES: Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, addresses Saudi-China Business Forum in Beijing on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 31 August 2016
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Visit takes China ties to new level

BEIJING: Saudi Ambassador to China Turki bin Mohammed Al-Madhi has stressed the importance of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to China, noting that it promotes the march of relations between Saudi Arabia and China and pushes them toward wider levels to serve the interests of the two friendly countries. According to him, the deputy crown prince’s visit comes as a complement to mutual visits between the leaders of the two countries and highlights the interest and keenness of the two leaderships to push their relations to the highest level in the different areas that benefit the two countries and their friendly peoples.
The ambassador added that the meeting of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman with Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visited the Kingdom in January this year formed a strong push in the march of relations between the two countries.
“The visit of the deputy crown prince is a great opportunity to showcase Saudi Vision 2030,” he said. “Chinese officials are pretty excited.” He pointed out that during this visit several bilateral meetings will be held between the deputy crown prince and Chinese leaders, in addition to a meeting of the Saudi-Chinese Higher Committee at its first session, which will result and lead to positive results that serve to promote bilateral cooperation in many of areas.
Saudi businessman Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Anqari said the presence and presentation of Vision 2030 by Prince Mohammed at the G-20 summit, which joins the largest and the most important countries in the world, represents a great contribution to the summit and proves that the Saudi vision has global dimensions.


Sirens to ring out over Riyadh as Saudi’s Civil Defense test warning system

Updated 18 September 2019

Sirens to ring out over Riyadh as Saudi’s Civil Defense test warning system

Warning sirens will sound over Riyadh on Thursday as the General Directorate of Civil Defense carries out tests on its public alarm system.

The test, which will also take place in Ad-Dilam, Diriyah and Khafji, are being carried out to ensure the sirens are effective and ready, Directorate of Civil Defense spokesman in Riyadh, Lt. Col. Mohammed Al-Hammadi, said.

The tests come as Saudi Arabia – backed by international world powers – investigates Saturday’s attacks on the Aramco oil facilities.

The Saudi Aramco facilities were hit in drone strikes earlier this week, causing fires to break out.

The Houthis claimed responsibility, but the United States believes the attacks originated in southwestern Iran, a US official told Reuters, an assessment that further increases tension in the Middle East.

In response, Iran issued a denial, warning it would respond to any attacks.