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Saudi ambassador to Algeria holds dinner banquet for Saudi businessmen delegation

Saudi ambassador to Algeria holds dinner banquet for Saudi businessmen delegation

الاثنين 1437/6/19 هـ الموافق 2016/03/28 م واس

Algiers, Jumada II 19, 1437, March 28, 2016, SPA — Saudi Ambassador to Algeria Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Saleh held a dinner banquet on Sunday evening in honor of a Saudi businessmen delegation that ended a visit to Algeria.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, the ambassador said that the visit of the Saudi businessmen delegation to Algeria came within the efforts exerted by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to support and activat the joint Arab action to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples and to develop and diversify cooperation between Algeria and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The banquet was attended by the members of the Saudi delegation, a number of Algerian businessmen and officials.

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02:59 LOCAL TIME 23:59 GMT

Governor of Riyadh Region opens 9th edition of Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market

Riyadh, Jumada II 19, 1437, March 28, 2016, SPA — Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region and the head of the Tourist Development Council, opened on Sunday evening the ninth edition of the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM 2016) organized by Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Upon arrival at the venue, the Governor of Riyadh Region was received by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and a number of officials.

At the outset of the ceremony which was held on this occasion, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council Gerard Lawless delivered a speech in which he hailed current development in the field of tourism in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its efforts to develop travel and tourism sector and the spreading the cultural of tourism, stressing the importance of the tourism industry for the global and national economy.

Afterwards, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage delivered a speech in which he hailed the great attention given to tourism and national heritage sectors by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, pointing out that tourism is not just entertainment, but an integrated industry and has a great contribution to the national economy.

In this regard, he explained that the national tourism’s contribution to the GDP has more than doubled, saying that the added value of the tourism sector rose from 36.5 billion riyals in 2005, to 85.5 billion riyals in 2015 and the spending on domestic tourism trips also doubled from 55 billion riyals in 2005 to 105 billion riyals in 2015.

At the end of the ceremony, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz delivered a speech and handed over the Awards of Tourism Excellence for this year and honored the sponsors of the STTIM 2016.

Then, the Governor of Riyadh Region inaugurated the accompanying exhibition of the Saudi Travel And Tourism Investment Market 2016 and toured the pavilions of the exhibition which is participated by 300 domestic and foreign tourist agencies.

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02:10 LOCAL TIME 23:10 GMT

Al-Jubair: South African President's visit to Kingdom positive, enhances Saudi-South African relations in all fields 3

Riyadh

In responding to reporters’ questions, Al-Jubeir commented on Iranian negative behavior towards the kingdom and the Islamic countries stressing the kingdom’s desire to have good relations with Iran.

Al-Jubeir said, “If they want better relations with Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries, they should change their behavior and become a normal country and cease to be a revolutionary country seeking to export its revolution and its influence beyond its borders … and then, the door will be open for them in order to have relations in the region,” adding that the way that we will judge Iran is by its actions and not by its words.

Regarding a question on the visit of US President Barack Obama on 21st of the next month to attend the summit, and files that will be discussed in this summit, Al-Jubeir said that the US president will attend on the basis that this will be the second meeting of the Summit of the United States with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as the first was held at Camp David almost a year ago. He added that the meeting adopted several measures for strengthening the response to Iranian meddling in the region, strengthening cooperation against terrorism, strengthening security cooperation, strengthening cooperation with regard to the building of special forces, strengthening cooperation in terms of building an anti-ballistic missiles system in the GCC countries, easing measures of approving sensitive defense systems for countries of the GCC, intensifying cooperation regarding the exchange of intelligence, working on finding solutions to the region and reaffirming the commitment of the United States of America to support its allies, the GCC countries, in all fields.

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00:55 LOCAL TIME 21:55 GMT

Al-Jubair: South African President's visit to Kingdom positive, enhances Saudi-South African relations in all fields 2

Riyadh

For her part, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane described the round of bilateral talks, co-chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and President Jacob Zuma, as successful, saying that the decoration by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of President Zuma with this medal is a great honor for us in South Africa and we appreciate this highly and this is a very strong sign of the partnership and friendship.

She said, “This meeting is very important for the exchange of constructive views in support of our common goals for the development of the nature of the bilateral relations to a strategic level, in terms of bilateral trade, investment and the economy as well as cultural relations.

She added, “I feel elated that I was part of those meetings in this official visit, as the South African President extended his gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for standing with us in our apartheid difficult days and helping us in the liberation movement that contributed to the transition to free democracy in South Africa.

She continued, “Since 1994, South Africa has become a free nation as it built and strengthened relationships effectively, such as the joint committees between the ministries of trade and industry, and in this regard there was a meeting yesterday to bring life to the business sector and the revival of the Business Council and to achieve the lofty goal, we signed an important memorandum of understanding with Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, indicating that this memo focuses on deepening our diplomatic relations through continuous diplomatic consultations covering all levels. The memo also focuses on trade and investment agreements and we look forward to the support in all areas that help raise the level of our political relations to a strategic level.

She added, “We talked about the Palestinian issue and we affirm our commitment to supporting the right of the Palestinian people to achieve peace, and reach free and dignified life with peaceful coexistence with the Israelis, and we look forward to further joint work in other international forums, including the Group of Twenty.

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00:27 LOCAL TIME 21:27 GMT

Al-Jubair: South African President's visit to Kingdom positive, enhances Saudi-South African relations in all fields

Riyadh, Jumada II 18, 1437, March 27, 2016, SPA — Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir stressed that the visit to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia by President of South Africa Jacob Zuma was positive, saying that the two sides were keen to strengthen and deepen their relations in all fields to become strategic relations between the two countries.

During a joint press conference held here today with South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Al-Jubeir welcomed the first visit to the Kingdom by President Zuma and his talks with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and other Saudi senior officials, noting the president’s decoration with the Order of King Abdulaziz of first class and his visit to the projectiles factory at the Military Industries Corporation in Al-Kharj, as well as President Zuma’s meeting with Saudi and South African businessmen.

Al-Jubair noted the Saudi-South African talks by President Zuma and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as well as by the foreign ministers of the two countries.

Al-Jubair praised the noble positions of South Africa on the Palestinian issue and highlighted the importance of finding a solution to the Syrian crisis on the basis of the Geneva Declaration 1 and the importance of finding a Yemeni-Yemeni political solution to the crisis in Yemen on the basis of Security Council resolution 2216. He also said that the two sides discussed the importance of adhering to the principle of non-interference in the affairs of others, and that there was a desire by the two countries to strengthen cooperation in the field of security with regard to combating terrorism and extremism.

The Foreign Minister noted the numerous meetings on the sidelines of the visit between the accompanying ministers of President Zuma and their counterparts in the kingdom both in the fields of health and agriculture, Director of the Board of Directors of Aramco, officials from the Saudi Development Fund, the Public Investment Fund and other officials to build a new bases for the strong relations between the two countries, stressing that there will be follow-up by the two countries in all fields, whether in the military manufacturing, energy, renewable energy or petrochemical and in agriculture, tourism and services, among others.

He added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and South Africa are member states of the Group of Twenty and that the two countries have interests in the Indian Ocean adding that trade exchange between the two countries has been rising by a percentage exceeding 20 per cent annually. He expressed desire to further boost this trade and strengthen and intensify political and security consultation between the two countries.

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00:10 LOCAL TIME 21:10 GMT

President of South Africa leaves Riyadh

President of South Africa leaves Riyadh

Sunday 1437/6/18 – 2016/03/27

Riyadh, Jumada II 18, 1437, March 27, 2016, SPA — President Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa and his accompanying delegation left Riyadh this evening.

He was seen off at King Khalid International Airport by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and a number of senior officials.

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23:32 LOCAL TIME 20:32 GMT

Governor of Riyadh Region graces Bangladesh Embassy ceremony

Governor of Riyadh Region graces Bangladesh Embassy ceremony

Sunday 1437/6/18 – 2016/03/27

Riyadh, Jumada II 18, 1437, March 27, 2016, SPA — Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, graced here this evening the ceremony held by the Embassy of the Republic of Bangladesh in the kingdom.

The ceremony was held on the occasion of the anniversary of the National Day of Republic of Bangladesh.

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23:20 LOCAL TIME 20:20 GMT

President of South Africa, Deputy Crown Prince open projectiles factory at Military Industries Corporation

Riyadh, Jumada II 18, 1437, March 27, 2016, SPA — President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Military Industries Corporation, opened the projectiles factory at the Military Industries Corporation today in Al-Kharj.

During the event, they were briefed on the factory and toured its departments.

The complex includes nine industrial buildings, each building was allocated to a specific productivity (such as processing, packaging, assembly and filling, destructive testing and non destructive testing, heat treatments and surface treatments.

It is an industrial complex to produce military projectiles ranging from the shells of medium caliber such as mortar rounds (60 mm, 81 mm 120 mm), artillery shells of (105 mm and 155 mm) caliber and heavy shells such as aircraft bombs of weights of 500 pounds and up to 2,000 pounds.

The head of the Military Industries Corporation Mohammad Almadhi made a statement during the event in which he said that the corporation managed to produce many different military products.

He noted that factory opened today was created with a license and help in construction by the company (Rheinmetall Denel) for ammunition of South Africa at a cost of approximately ($ 240 million) to produce three hundred artillery shells or six hundred mortar projectiles a day, adding that this plant will be operated by one hundred and thirty engineers and operators.

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23:02 LOCAL TIME 20:02 GMT