King Salman, Niger president discuss ties

Updated 11 May 2015

King Salman, Niger president discuss ties

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman met Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou at the royal palace on Sunday and held wide-ranging talks to discuss mutual interests in order to further enhance partnership between the two countries.
The visiting president decorated King Salman with the National Merit Medal, the highest medal of his country.
Earlier, the president was received at the air base by King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.
“The two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and exchanged ideas on further improving it in different fields,” said an official at the Niger Embassy in Riyadh.
They also discussed regional and international issues of common concern during the meeting, he added.
The Niger president was accompanied by a delegation comprising Minister of Defense Mahamadou Karidjo, Minister for Planning, Land Management and Community Development Amadou Boubacar Cisse, Minister of Education Mariama Elhadj Ibrahim Ali, Minister of Public Health Mano Aghali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigers Abroad Aichatou Boulama Kane and President of the Presidential Court Saido Sidi.
King Salman hosted a luncheon in honor of the Niger president and his delegation, which was also attended by ministers and senior Saudi officials.
The Niger president also met Minister of Education Azzam Al-Dakhil and discussed cooperation in the field of education.
A large number of Niger students study in the Kingdom.
The Kingdom attaches great importance to strengthening its economic relations with African countries including Niger. The two countries have many areas and promising sectors of cooperation that include petroleum, petrochemicals, maintenance of oil refineries, industrial products and mining, where Niger can benefit from Saudi experience.
Opportunities exist for common investments in the agricultural and livestock sectors, where Niger could be one of the African countries for Saudi agricultural investments abroad to ensure food security.


Saudi Arabia announces 34 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 47 min 37 sec ago

Saudi Arabia announces 34 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The health ministry said that 1,175 more people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 71,791 patients have recovered from the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 34 more deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 3,121 new cases of the disease on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 900 were recorded in Riyadh, 572 in Jeddah, 279 in Makkah, 170 in Madinah and 149 in Dammam.
The health ministry added that 1,175 more people have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 71,791.
A total of 676 people have died of the disease in the Kingdom so far.
On Friday, the Kingdom announced a series of restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jeddah after the city saw a spike in the number of infections.