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 minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

Updated 7 min 24 sec ago

Saudi minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

  • A treaty was signed related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims

MAKKAH: The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin received today in his office in Makkah Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in preparation of the upcoming season.
The meeting was attended by Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom, and a number of Saudi officials.
Bentin and Rashidian signed a treaty related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims.
Bentin confirmed in a press conference “the keenness of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide all necessary facilities for pilgrims coming from around the world.”
In addition, he expressed his thanks to Iranian pilgrims and their cooperation during the last Hajj season, and their dedication to their religious rituals, serenity and peace.
Rashidian expressed his thanks for the reception and hospitality, and expressed his best wishes for the success of the upcoming Hajj season, as was the case in previous years.