Cultural Development Fund Signs Agreement to Establish First Investment Fund in Film Sector

Under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), the Fund signed an initial agreement yesterday in Cannes, France, with “MEFIC Capital” and “ROAA Media Ventures” to establish the first film sector investment fund, which is valued at SAR 375 million, with the CDF contributing as the primary investor at 40% of the total investment.

The agreement aims to invest in film sector companies and projects, providing them with the necessary financing. It also aims to build a network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and distribution experts to support these companies and ensure that the risks of investment portfolios in the sector are managed with best practices.

This agreement was signed during the Cannes Film Festival, which is being held from May 16 to May 27. The Cultural Development Fund is participating in the festival within the Saudi pavilion, which brings together all entities involved in the Saudi film industry, led by the Culture Ministry’s Film Commission.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


HRH Crown Prince Meets with King of Jordan

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, met in Jeddah today with King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of fraternal relations between the two countries and exchanged views on a number of issues, including the promotion of joint Arab action.

Attending the meeting were Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and National Security Adviser Dr. Musaed bin Mohammad Al-Aiban, Minister of Finance Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, and Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Naif Al-Sudairi.

Attending the meeting from the Jordanian side were Crown Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II and the official Jordanian delegation.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


Crown Prince of Kuwait Arrives in Jeddah to Participate in 32nd Arab Summit

The Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, arrived in Jeddah today to take part in the Arab League Council meeting at the 32nd Arab Summit.

Upon his arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport, he was received by Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of the Makkah Region, Prince Sultan bin Saad bin Khalid, Saudi Ambassador to Kuwait, and several senior civil and military officials.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


President of Libyan Presidential Council Calls for Adopting Unified Stance vis-à-vis Situation in Libya

President of the Libyan Presidential Council Mohamed Yunus Al-Menfi called on the Arab leaders to adopt a unified stance vis-à-vis the situation in Libya, to help bring about the departure of all mercenaries, foreign fighters, and forces from Libyan lands, stop negative and non-constructive interference, and support a peaceful, democratic transfer of power.

Speaking today before the Arab League Council meeting at the 32nd Arab Summit held in Jeddah, Al-Menfi reiterated the importance of dialogue to implement the road map emanating from the political dialogue and achieve its goals, in order to strengthen political legitimacy through parliamentary and presidential elections and to avoid any action that would deepen divisions in Libya.

He affirmed support for all individual and collective efforts to achieve Arab solidarity and remove differences among Arab countries and praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to bring about Arab reunification, which led to the convening of the Jeddah Arab summit with all league members present, as well as the Kingdom’s role in reaching a comprehensive solution in Yemen that ends the crisis by having the legitimate government and the Houthis reach an agreement.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


Omani Deputy Prime Minister: Success of Arab Summit is Achieved by Reunion and End Region’s Crises

Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of the Sultan Sayyid Asaad bin Tarik Al Said emphasized that the success of this summit was achieved by the complete reunion of the Arab summit, expressing his thanks for the sincere efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the initiatives of Arab leaders in order to revive Arab solidarity, and ending the region’s crises.

The Omani Deputy Prime Minister also emphasized that preserving the Arab League will enhance cooperation, integration and the exchange of benefits among the Arab countries and all countries of the world, drawing inspiration from the cultural heritage of the Arab nation, its history, and what it provided to mankind in various sciences and knowledge, indicating that the Arab countries are able to step to broader horizons of prosperity and development.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


People’s Assembly participates in Standing Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development meeting in Bahrain

A delegation representing the People’s Assembly participated in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development, in the Bahraini capital, Manama, upon the invitation of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA).

About 23 Asian parliaments from member States participated in the meeting that was held over the past two days.

During the meeting eight draft resolutions were discussed, including the establishment of an Asian energy market, ensuring growth efforts, the environmental issues and poverty eradication.

The meeting also discussed the role of Asian parliaments in the implementation of sustainable development goals and the adopting a road map to stimulate green finance, the Asian climate finance initiative and the providing water and sanitation service for all in Asia.

The delegation of the People’s Assembly affirmed that Syria is at steady pace towards achieving the goals of sustainable development, including eradicating poverty while preserving the environment.

The delegation noted that the terrorist war against Syria, its repercussions, in addition to the economic siege and unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people by the US and Western countries and the devastating earthquake disaster that struck a number of Syrian provinces recently have double effects that negatively affect the efforts exerted by the Syrian State in this regard.

The delegation highly appreciated the humanitarian stances of brotherly and friendly countries that provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, to mitigate the repercussions of the earthquake effects.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency


President al-Assad meets Tunisian President in Jeddah: We stand together against the obscurantist ideology

President Bashar al-Assad met on Friday Tunisian President Kais bin Said on the sidelines of his participation in the Arab Summit which starts its works in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

The two Presidents discussed the bilateral relations and cooperation between the two brotherly countries in various domains.

During the meeting, President al-Assad welcomed the return of normal and historical relations between Syria and Tunisia, hailing the necessity of enhancing these relations not only on the political and economic levels, but also on the cultural, intellectual and popular levels.

President al-Assad also pointed out that the officials and ambassadors of the two countries have a lot of work to do for setting a joint plan to move on the Arab and international arenas.

President al-Assad stressed that “Syria and Tunisia stand together against the obscurantist ideology, as they share an issue of intellect, consciousness and belonging, which is targeted by the outside,” asserting that the Arabs are the sons of one nation and are connected to one belonging, which the other peoples lack.

During the meeting, the Tunisian President said “You are our brothers, and what hurts you hurts us, Syria is our country and there were many Tunisians who resorted to Syria during the period of the French colonial,” asserting that Syria’s relations with the countries of the Maghreb has always been excellent.

President Said expressed his country’s great satisfactions towards what Syria had achieved in its war against terrorism and preventing the foreign intervention, saying “the goal was to divide Syria into entities, but the Syrian people had never accepted the interference in their affairs and showed that they are sovereign when it comes to making their decisions.”

In a statement to Tunisian El Watania TV. Channel, President al-Assad said “although of all the circumstances Tunisia has witnessed, the states of genuine popular orientation towards the crisis in Syria have been demonstrated… Jeddah Summit is very important to enhance the Arab joint action.”

President al-Assad added that during the war, the main point was to distinguish between the official and popular stances towards the war in Syria. In fact, we were in Tunisia despite of all the circumstances, Tunisia has experienced during the past decade and a half, states of genuine popular orientation have been appeared, now, following my meeting with His Excellency President Kais bin Said, I say that I have made sure of this, although it is certain, but further confirmation is always needed”.

The Arab people in general have not changed, while Tunisia in particular has great importance because it was used as one of the platforms or to manifest it as one of the conspiring platforms, not only against Syria, but also against the Arab intellect and Arab belonging, the President went on to say.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency


League of Arab States meeting on Level of Summit kicks off in Jeddah on Friday

Following several preparatory meetings, the works of 32nd round of Council of the Arab League on the level of Summit kicks off on Friday in presence of 15 Leaders, Presidents, Kings and Princes of the Arab Countries, according to SANA correspondent in Jeddah.

Before the start of the meeting, the Presidents and Leaders will meet at 02:00 o’clock to take the collective photo.

The opening session of the summit meeting will be public. It will include a speech by Algeria, then the presidency of the session will be handed over to Saudi Arabia to deliver its speech and chair the session. This will be followed by a speech by the Arab League Secretary-General.

The session will also include speeches by the UN Secretary General, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union.

According to the program, the Arab leaders will deliver their speeches, followed by a closed working session to discuss and adopt the draft agenda, the draft resolutions tabled, and the draft declaration of the summit.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency


President al-Assad discusses with Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed the close bilateral relations between Syria and Emirates

President Bashar al-Assad met on Friday Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice-President of UAE, Head of the Emirati delegation participating in the 32nd Arab Summit in Jeddah.

President al-Assad discussed with Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed the close bilateral relations between Syria and the United Arab Emirates and means of enhancing the joint Arab action.

In turn, Sheikh Mansour conveyed to President al-Assad, greetings of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency


With participation of President al-Assad, works of the 32nd session of the Arab Summit begin in Jeddah

With the participation of President Bashar al-Assad, works of the 32nd session of the Arab Summit started on Friday in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

Crown Prince, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Emir Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, welcomed president al-Assad, Presidents and heads of the participant delegations upon arrival at the Arab Summit meeting Hall.

Algerian Prime Minister, Ayman bin Abdulrahman , said that it is very important to boost the Arab solidarity to have an active Arab role in the international new balances.

“The motto of reunification has been embodied by Syria’s return to the Arab league among its brotherly countries,” Abdulrahman said.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman, in turn, said “We will not allow to turn our region into a field of conflicts, and we call for folding the page of the past.”

He added “We are glad today with the presence of President al-Assad and we hope the return of Syria to the Arab league would help boost its security and stability.”

For his part, Secretary General of the Arab league, Ahmad Abul Gheit, called for making Jeddah summit an Arab solution that stops bloodshed in Sudan and ends crises in the Arab states.

He also welcomed the presence of President al-Assad in the Arab Summit, saying “It is an opportunity to address the crisis in the country politically.”

Abdullah II, in turn, said “Today, we welcome Syria’s return to the Arab League as an important step that we hope will contribute to efforts to end the crisis, and we stress the importance of strengthening the political track and Arab efforts to resolve the crisis and address its repercussions.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi underlined that Syria’s return to the Arab League serves as the activation of action for the Arab role and the beginning of an Arab march to resolve the crisis in the country.

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa welcomed the return of the brotherly Syria to the Great Arab House.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: said “We welcome President Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, a dear brother among his family and brothers.”

President Abbas added that the tragedy of the Palestinian people has been continuing since the Nakba in 1948 as the Israeli occupation continues its crimes and the expansion of settlement operationsm calling on the international community to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes and to implement United Nations resolutions regarding the Palestinian cause.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed condemned the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, and reiterated support for their right to establish their independent state in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.

“I commend Syria’s return to the Arab league and hope that it will regain its pivotal and historic role in promoting joint Arab action. I also welcome His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad,” he said.

Tunisian President Kais bin Said said “We thank God for Syria’s return to the Arab League after the plots aimed at dividing it were thwarted.”

President of Djibouti Ismaïl Omar Guelleh also welcomed the return of the brotherly Syria to the Arab League, describing that as an important step to boost the joint Arab action.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said “ We welcome Syria’s return to the Arab League to play its historic role in various Arab issues.

The Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, said in his speech: We welcome the return of Syria to the Arab League, and we hope that it will be a starting point for ending the crisis in it, and we affirm our firm stance on the need to work in order to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

The Kuwaiti Crown Prince added: We reject any external interference in Syria’s internal affairs and affirm our position on the need to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

For his part, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani said in his speech: “I welcome Syria’s return to its normal place in the Arab League, a step we have supported from the beginning”.

Head of the Lebanese caretaker government, Najib Mikati, said in his speech: “We appreciate the return of sister Syria to play its full role in the League of Arab States”.

Omani Deputy Prime Minister Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said said in his speech: “We welcome the resumption of the active participation of the brotherly Syrian Arab Republic in the work of the Arab League, and we express our satisfaction with the participation of His Excellency President Bashar al-Assad at the summit with complete certainty that Syria will regain its place as an Arab beacon”.

The Omani Deputy Prime Minister added: “Preserving and developing the Arab League will boost the development of cooperation between our countries in the interest of their peoples”.

Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi , said in his speech: “The necessity of implementing a road map to solve the crisis in Libya through dialogue and ending the division in a way that preserves State institutions”.

The Special Envoy of the President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Ambassador Dafallah Haj Ali, said: “We welcome the return of Syria to the Arab League, and Sudan has been calling for the return of Syria to the House of Arabs and has been keen to continue its diplomatic relations with it”.

Works of the 32nd session of the Arab Summit was concluded and its decisions were adopted.

A memorial picture gathers President Bashar al-Assad with kings, presidents and leaders ahead of the beginning of the Arab Summit in Jeddah.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency