With only 11 tweets, King Salman has more retweets than Trump

Time: October 21, 2019

US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday.

The number of Trump’s followers has “more than doubled since taking office”, the study authors said.

However, in terms of retweets alone, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, easily dwarfs Trump.

King Salman only tweeted 11 times between May 2017 and May 2018, but each of those tweets generated an average of 154,294 retweets, compared to just 20,319 retweets per Trump tweet, the study showed.

With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts nearly 10 million more followers than third-place holder, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the latest “Twiplomacy” study by communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).

In terms of interactions with followers – in the form of likes and retweets – Trump’s lead is even more impressive, the study showed.

Over the past 12 months, the US president has had nearly 264.5 million interactions with his followers – more than five times more than runner-up Modi, and 12 times as many as Pope Francis, in third place.

It also pointed out that the US State Department is the only US governmental department which does not follow the personal account of @realDonaldTrump.

At the same time, however, the State Department does follow the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

Tuesday’s report found that leaders around the world have jumped on the Twitter train, with the governments of only six countries – Laos, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, Swaziland and Turkmenistan – still lacking an official presence on the platform.

In Europe, British Prime Minister Theresa May was the most followed leader on Twitter over the past year, with the @10DowningStreet account counting nearly 5.6 million followers.

The British royal family came next with 3.6 million, followed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has nearly tripled his numbers since his election last year to over three million Twitter followers.

Queen Rania of Jordan ranks at the top of the twittersphere among Arab leaders with nearly 10.7 million followers, ahead of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed with over nine million followers, and King Salman on nearly seven million.

And Latin American governments are among the most prolific on twitter. Venezuela’s foreign ministry sends out an average of 55 tweets each day over the past 12 months, according to the study.

While most world leaders and governments are growing their Twitter followings, there are exceptions.

According to the study, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian foreign ministry, and the Ukrainian foreign ministry have seen their number of followers decline significantly “after Twitter decided to cut down on fake followers and bot farms”.

BCW’s own review of 951 Twitter accounts showed that 125 of them, or 13 per cent, were currently dormant, 33 inactive and nine protected.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas

Time: October 17, 2019  

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the capital Riyadh. (SPA)

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King Salman opens new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah

Time: September 24, 2019  

  • The airport is one of the largest in the region
  • It is part of a major plan to put the Kingdom’s airports among the world’s leading

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened and toured a new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The airport is one of the largest in the region, with a total area of ​​810,000 square meters and a capacity of 30 million passengers per year.
During the tour, the king saw a presentation of the details of the airport and on civil aviation in the Kingdom.
The Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, said that the Kingdom’s civil aviation sector has recently achieved qualitative leaps and creative developments that contributed to 4.6% of GDP.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Makkah to perform the religious Haj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
He said, according to indicators by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of domestic and international airports doubled to 28 airports.

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“As a result, the number of passengers increased from 47 million passengers in 2010 to 100 million passengers in 2018,” the minister added.
The King Abdulaziz Airport accounted for 36% of the total number of passengers in the Kingdom.
The minister said the “objectives will be extended to contribute to the construction of a logistic platform in the Kingdom linking the three main continents of the world, as the new airport will be able to work pivotally linking East and West, and serves as an intensive collection point for the movement of passengers and goods, to become an influential position among international airports.”
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
RIYADH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened Jeddah airport’s new terminal on Tuesday, state media said, part of a push to increase foreign visitors to the kingdom and diversify its oil-based economy.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Mecca to perform the religious haj and the umrah, the year-round lesser pilgrimage.
The inauguration of the new Terminal 1 of King Abdulaziz International Airport brings the airport to 810,000 square metres with the capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually, state news agency SPA said.
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
Economic reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aim to make the country an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.
Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under the crown prince’s economic reform program, announced a year ago to diversify the economy away from oil.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
Officials aim to increase the number of umrah and haj pilgrims to 15 million and 5 million respectively by 2020, and hope to double the umrah number again to 30 million by 2030.
The government has approved plans to issue electronic visas for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, and is expected to announce details this month.
Economic reforms aim to make the Kingdom an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.

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UAE renames major road after King Salman in lasting tribute

Time: September 24, 2019  

The newly named King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street runs from Abu Dhabi’s corniche to the popular marina area. (File/ Shutterstock)
  • The UAE renaming one of Abu Dhabi’s main highways after the Kingdom’s monarch
  • Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, also lightened with the Saudi flag

DUBAI: The UAE marked Saudi Arabia’s National Day with a lasting tribute on Monday, renaming one of Abu Dhabi’s main highways after the Kingdom’s monarch.

The newly named 4.6 kilometer King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street- formerly known as Al Marsa Street – runs from Abu Dhabi’s corniche to the popular marina area.

The move came on the on the instruction of Sheikh Hazza Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

But it is not the first time a UAE road has been renamed after King Salman.In 2016, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ordered that the coastal road running through the Al Sofouh district of the city, take the Saudi king’s name.

The UAE also marked Saudi national day by lighting the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, with the Saudi flag, while the Dubai Frame was shrouded in green.

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King Salman calls Aramco attacks a ‘cowardly act’ aimed at destabilizing Saudi Arabia

24/09/19

King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain
Said Saudi Arabia capable of dealing with effects of the attack
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday has called the attacks on Aramco facilities a “cowardly act” aimed at destabilizing the Kingdom and disrupting the world’s energy supply.

The king added that Saudi Arabia was capable of dealing with the effects of the attack.

King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain in Jeddah on Monday for discussions about developments in the region.

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Trump, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince congratulate King Salman ahead of Saudi National Day

23/09/19

Trump said that the “US-Saudi partnership is more vital than ever, particularly as we confront regional security challenges”
King Salman received telegrams of congratulations from Bahrain, Kuwait , and Oman
RIYADH: US President Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and other leaders congratulated King Salman on Sunday ahead of Saudi National Day.
In a message to King Salman conveyed by US Ambassador John Abizaid, Trump said that the “US-Saudi partnership is more vital than ever, particularly as we confront regional security challenges and work hand-in-hand to achieve shared economic and political objectives.”
He added that “the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is strong and multifaceted.”
Sheikh Mohammed congratulated King Salman and Saudi Arabia ahead of Saudi National Day and tweeted “Your day is our day, your joy is our joy, and your achievements are a source of pride for us.”
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos also sent telegrams of congratulation.

The British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison also congratulated the Kingdom, speaking in a video message recorded during his visit to Ad Diriyah.

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King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

20/09/19

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation.

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.

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Palestinians praise King Salman’s ‘patriotic position’

Time: September 14, 2019  

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. (AFP)
  • The refusal to grant permits to Palestinian residents has confined them to crowded, poorly served neighborhoods, with around half the population believed to be at risk of having their homes demolished

AMMAN: Ibrahim Milhem, a spokesman for the Palestinian government, praised Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s “strong Saudi patriotic” position at this difficult time for the Palestinian cause and said his stance is “a reflection of the dangers that this national cause is facing.”
Milhem told Arab News on Friday that Saudi Arabia’s leading role in “Arab, Islamic and international efforts gives Palestinians hope,” and added that the Kingdom’s quick response to Israel’s plan to expand settlements in East Jerusalem shows “that the Saudis are making a strong statement of concern about the need to (respect) international law.”
Milhem said that King Salman’s phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demonstrated to the world the “Arab support to Palestinians and provides a political cover to all that is needed to stand up to the ‘deal of the century’ and the attempts of Netanyahu to end the two-state solution by his annexation efforts.”
The expansion of the settlements in East Jerusalem, which Israel seized along with the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war, threatens to further complicate one of the thorniest issues in the conflict.
There is a strong evidence of decades of systematic discrimination, illustrated by a huge gap in the number of construction permits granted to Jewish and Palestinian residents, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press.

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The expansion of the settlements in East Jerusalem, which Israel seized along with the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war, threatens to further complicate one of the thorniest issues in the conflict.

The refusal to grant permits to Palestinian residents has confined them to crowded, poorly served neighborhoods, with around half the population believed to be at risk of having their homes demolished.
The data was acquired and analyzed by the Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, which says it only obtained the figures after a two-year battle with the municipality.
Milhem added in his interview with Arab News that the government of Palestine will “always remember the Saudi position, which has always given financial and political (support) to the people of Palestine.”

It says the numbers show that while Palestinians make up more than 60 percent of the population in East Jerusalem, they have received only 30 percent of the building permits issued since 1991.

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King Salman denounces Israeli premier’s annexation threat

Time: September 13, 2019  

King Salman spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the telephone on Thursday. (SPA)
  • It’s a very dangerous escalation against Palestinians, Saudi monarch tells Abbas in a call
  • Abbas expressed his appreciation of the Kingdom’s unwavering support for Palestine and its people

JEDDAH: King Salman reiterated on Thursday Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and categorical rejection of the Israeli prime minister’s stated intention to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected.

In a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Salman said Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration is a very dangerous escalation against the Palestinian people, and a flagrant violation of the UN charter and international norms.

The monarch added that Israel’s attempt to impose a fait accompli will not obscure the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

Abbas expressed his appreciation for the care and great importance that King Salman attaches to the Palestinian cause.

The president also hailed the Kingdom’s consistent and firm stance toward Palestine and its people in regional and international summits and forums.

Abbas praised the Saudi call for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the level of foreign ministers to discuss and confront Netanyahu’s declaration.

Palestine’s Foreign Ministry urged the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel, the occupying power, to dissuade it from carrying out the annexation, and to hold it accountable for its grave breaches of international law.

“The pillars of Israel’s ruling right-wing coalition … are doing their utmost in conspiring to speed up putting forward the issue of annexing the occupied West Bank or large parts of it as a hot topic in the public debate in Israel,” the ministry said in a statement.

It warned of the damage that Israel’s expansion of Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land is doing to prospects for peace based on a two-state solution.

“When will the (UN) Security Council and the states purporting to care for peace as per the principle of a two-state solution take practical measures to save the peace process and the two-state solution from the clutches of colonial settlement?” the ministry asked.

A spokesman for the UN secretary-general said Netanyahu’s vow would be a “serious violation of international law.” Stephane Dujarric also said the pledge would be “devastating” to the potential for peace with the Palestinians.

Russia warned that the move could sharply increase regional tensions. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had noted the Arab world’s “strongly negative reaction” to Netanyahu’s announcement.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry condemned Netanyahu’s plan as “contradicting international law and various UN resolutions, as well as threatening the continuation of the peace process.” The Indonesian government urged OIC countries to collectively respond to what it referred to as “dangerous announcement.”

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King Salman receives dignitaries in Jeddah

Time: September 12, 2019  

King Salman is joined by dignitaries in Jeddah. (SPA)

King Salman on Wednesday received princes, religious scholars, and a group of senior citizens who came to greet him at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

A number of ministers and top officials also attended the event, including Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Also on Wednesday, King Salman issued a royal decree promoting 68 public prosecutors at the Investigation and Prosecution Department.

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