Erdogan, El-Sissi to visit KSA

Updated 27 February 2015

Erdogan, El-Sissi to visit KSA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi are expected to visit Saudi Arabia on Saturday and Sunday respectively for talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
The Anatolia news agency said Erdogan would begin his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Egyptian presidential palace sources confirmed El-Sissi’s visit to the Kingdom on Sunday.
Ali Al-Tawati, a strategic expert, spoke on the significance of state visits by the two powerful leaders to realize regional balance in the Middle East. “Egypt and Turkey are two strong allies of Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The forging of a strong alliance between the regional powers would strengthen security and stability in the region and prevent interference of super powers. It can also confront the terrorism menace, he said.
Al-Tawati said the region was facing threat from Iran on the east and Ethiopia on the west, adding that the latter has threatened to cut water to Egypt.
He emphasized the role of GCC and Arab League in bolstering regional stability.
He hoped Saudi Arabia’s efforts to reconcile Egypt and Turkey would succeed. He said the new alliance would prevent IS from getting funds and weapons.
“It will also prevent interference of foreign powers in Yemen,” he added.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.