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

Time: March 28, 2020

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 to chair extraordinary virtual summit of G20 leaders

Time: 25 March, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will chair an extraordinary virtual summit of G20 leaders on March 26 to advance the global coordinated response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (SPA)
  • Heads of state of Jordan, Spain, Singapore and Switzerland will also participate

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will chair an extraordinary virtual summit of G20 leaders on March 26 to advance the global coordinated response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As well as the leaders of the G20 group, the heads of state of Jordan, Spain, Singapore and Switzerland will also participate in the summit.

In its capacity as sitting president of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, the UAE will participate as well.

G20 finance ministers and central bankers agreed during a separate video conference this week to develop an “action plan” to respond to the outbreak, which the International Monetary Fund expects will trigger a global recession.

The Kingdom, which holds the G20 presidency this year, called last week for the leaders to speak by video-conference.

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King Salman orders $10m payment to WHO to aid fight against coronavirus

10/03/20

  • WHO welcome donation by King Salman as fight against coronavirus continues
  • Four new cases of coronavirus identified in the Kingdom as schools and colleges close

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued on Monday a directive ordering the donation of $10 million to support the World Health Organisation’s  (WHO) efforts to fight coronavirus.

Saudi authorities also on Monday said nine new coronavirus cases had been identified, adding that it was suspending travel by air and sea between the Kingdom and 14 countries to prevent the spread of the disease.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working together to combat novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” a joint statement read.

“In support of this effort, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided $10 million to the World Health Organization for the implementation of urgent measures to minimize the spread of the disease and to support countries with vulnerable health infrastructures.”

And Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of WHO said the organization “greatly appreciates this generous humanitarian gesture from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which will contribute significantly to efforts to safeguard global health.”

The Ministry of Health said the new cases were four Saudi nationals, two Bahrainis, an American and an Egyptian.

Meanwhile it was also announced on Monday that people who failed to declare correct health-related information at entry points would face fines of up to $133,000.

Earlier state news agency SPA reported that the authorities were suspending travel for Saudi citizens and foreign residents to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Italy and South Korea.

Oman, France, Germany and Spain were added later on Monday.

People travelling from those countries or anyone who has been there in the past 14 days would also be temporarily banned from entering the Kingdom.

The discovery of the four new cases brings the total number of those confirmed to have the virus in the Kingdom to 15.

Previously on Sunday, the health ministry said four cases had been confirmed in Qatif, raising the total to 11 cases.

A statement by the Saudi health ministry said the first case was a Saudi citizen, related to a previous case in Qatif. The patient is now isolated in hospital.

Two of the other patients are Bahraini women who had traveled from Iraq on their way to Bahrain. They were also isolated in a hospital in Qatif.

The fourth case was a US national returning to the Kingdom after traveling to the Philippines and Italy. That patient was sent to an isolation unit in a hospital in Riyadh.

Last week, the Kingdom stopped the entry into the Kingdom of travelers by land transportation from Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait.

Only commercial vehicles are allowed. People traveling into the Kingdom from these countries were told to board flights only through the three major airports in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam where they can be checked by health authorities.

In Riyadh the Riyadh Boulevard and Winter Wonderland were closed this week due to increased concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

And the Saudi Ministry of Education said Sunday that schools and universities would be closed from Monday as part of “preventive and precautionary” measures recommended by health authorities.

The decision covers all educational institutions – public and private – and technical and vocational training institutions.

Also suspended from Monday are all educational and Quranic activities at mosques.

The Ministry of Interior said Sunday that it would limit of movement top and from the governorate of Qatif, to prevent the virus from spreading.

The initial 11 cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom were all residents in Qatif, located in the Eastern Province. Some of them were said to have travelled to Iran, one of the worst hit countries by coronavirus.

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King Salman meets UK foreign secretary

Time: 06 March, 2020

King Salman receives UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab in Riyadh on Thursday Mar.5, 2020. (SPA)
  • The meeting was attended by Saudi ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan

RIYADH: King Salman received UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab in Riyadh on Thursday.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries, ways of enhancing them, and the latest overall regional and international issues of common interest.
The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the UK; Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior; Prince Faisal bin Farhan, minister of foreign affairs; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, minister of state; the UK Ambassador to the Kingdom Neil Crompton, and a number of other officials.

Raab was also received by Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman. The pair discussed Saudi-British strategic partnership and ways to strengthen bilateral ties.

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Discussed with @DominicRaab our strategic partnership and ways to strengthen our bilateral ties, in addition to challenges in the region and issues of mutual interest.

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King Salman meets Mauritanian president

Time: 27 February, 2020

King Salman welcomes Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)

RIYADH: King Salman received Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in Riyadh on Wednesday.

They discussed ways to develop and strengthen bilateral relations, especially in the economic and investment fields, as well as the latest regional developments. Later, the king hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.

The king and Ghazouani also witnessed the signing ceremony of four agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two countries. They include cultural cooperation, civil service, and vocational and technical training.

On the Saudi side, the ceremony was attended by State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, among other officials. Mauritanian officials also attended.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Mauritania in December 2018, bolstering relations and renewing support for the country’s development efforts.

He expressed his “great satisfaction at the depth of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples.”

Also on Wednesday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrived in Riyadh. At King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and a number of officials.

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King Salman holds talks with US state secretary Pompeo

21/02/20

King Salman receives US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (SPA)
  • Both sides discussed relations between the two countries, and regional and international issues
  • Pompeo also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

RIYADH: King Salman received US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, the second day of the US official’s three-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

They discussed the distinguished relations between the Kingdom and the United States. They also reviewed the position of the two countries on regional and international events.

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Pompeo then visited American troops at the Prince Sultan air base, south of Riyadh, where some 2,500 US troops are stationed in response to threats from Iran.

“Pompeo’s visit to Prince Sultan air base and a nearby US Patriot battery highlights the long-standing US-Saudi security relationship and reaffirms America’s determination to stand with Saudi Arabia in the face of Iranian malign behaviour,” the State Department said in a statement.

“In response to the attacks and at the request of Saudi Arabia, the United States deployed missile defence, and fighter jets on a defensive mission to deter and protect against any future attacks.”

Pompeo is also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and deputy defence minister Prince Khalid bin Salman.

Pompeo’s visit to the Kingdom comes in the wake of a US-ordered drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful general, as he visited Baghdad on January 3.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki

17/02/20

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, who is on an official visit to the Kingdom, in the capital Riyadh. (SPA)
  • They discussed the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held talks on Monday with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in the capital Riyadh.
During the talks, they reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and developments in the Horn of Africa and the region.
They also discussed the importance and role of the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden and ways of developing and enhancing opportunities for cooperation in various fields.
The meeting was also attended by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed, among other senior officials from both sides.
Last month, the new council was formed in Saudi Arabia aimed at securing the waterways of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The council, which includes Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia, will increase cooperation between the countries and aims to tackle piracy, smuggling and other threats in the seas that are key international shipping routes.
The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden are two of the world’s busiest shipping routes connecting Europe to Asia and the Middle East.
King Salman also hosted a lunch banquet in honor of Afwerki and his accompanying delegation.
The Kingdom played a leading role in September last year in hosting historic talks between the leaders of Eritrea and Djibouti. The two nations have been at loggerheads for decades over a long-standing border dispute.

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King Salman hosts Kuwaiti PM in Riyadh

Time: 11 February, 2020

King Salman held official talks with Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in Riyadh. (SPA)
  • The prime minister expressed his happiness to meet King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held official talks with Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The king held a luncheon in honor of the prime minister and his accompanying delegation.

The prime minister expressed his happiness to meet King Salman.

During the talks, the leaders discussed bilateral and historical ties between the two states and ways of boosting them in several fields, as well as discussing regional updates.

Then, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as ministers and commanders of military sectors in the Kingdom

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King Salman receives Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General

11/02/20

King Salman receives Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Dr. Naif bin Falah Al-Hajraf in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
  • Al-Hajraf is the second Kuwaiti to assume the position since the formation of the GCC in 1981

RIYADH: The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Naif bin Falah Al-Hajraf, on Monday called on King Salman. The king congratulated Al-Hajraf over his appointment as the GCC secretary-general and wished him success.
Al-Hajraf thanked the king and expressed his resolve to enhance cooperation between GCC countries and to achieve the aspirations of the Gulf leaders.  During the meeting, they reviewed several issues related to the Gulf countries.
Al-Hajraf is the second Kuwaiti to assume the position since the formation of the GCC in 1981.
He is the former finance minister of Kuwait and he has also served as minister of education and higher education.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis

03/02/20

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held talks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Jan. 25, 2020. (SPA)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (SPA Photo)
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday at the Royal Court in the capital Riyadh.
A formal reception was held for Mitsotakis and his accompanying delegation upon their arrival in the Kingdom, which was attended by members of the royal family, ministers, and military leaders.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of boosting them in all fields, as well as regional developments.
The talks were also attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Foreign Minster Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Interior Minster Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, Finance Minister Mohammad Al-Jadaan, among others.

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