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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Crown prince discusses efforts against coronavirus with Spanish PM

17/03/20

  • The leaders talked about global efforts to confront the COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has discussed the coronavirus pandemic with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

During a phone call on Monday, the leaders talked about global efforts to confront the COVID-19, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince stressed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to coordinate the international fight against this pandemic.

He also said the Kingdom, through its role presiding over the G20, would adopt policies to ease the economic burden from the outbreak.

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince: G20 will coordinate efforts to tackle coronavirus

16/03/20

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the pandemic with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (SPA)

Mohammed bin Salman holds a phone call with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Says G20 will work on medical solutions and easing economic burden

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday that the G20 will coordinate efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia holds the G20 presidency and will host the summit in Riyadh in November.

During a phone call with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the crown prince said the G20 would set policies to help find medical solutions and ease economic burdens, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince and Johnson “agreed on the need for an internationally coordinated response to the outbreak, particularly on developing a vaccine and limiting the economic disruption caused by the pandemic,” the UK government said.

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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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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Pakistani PM Imran Khan

02/03/20

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday during a visit to the country. (Twitter: @kbsalsaud)
  • Prince also met with the Pakistan Army’s Chief of Staff

ISALAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday during a visit to the country.

The prince also met with the Pakistan Army’s Chief of Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit.

Prince Khalid tweeted that he conveyed a message from the Kingdom’s leadership to Pakistan and said that his visit was an “extension of the brotherly relations between the two countries and two brotherly peoples.”

He also said the strengthening of strategic cooperation and Pakistan’s pioneering role in the Islamic world and the region were discussed.

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Saudi crown prince meets Algerian president in Riyadh

Time: 27 February, 2020

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday. (SPA)

  • The leaders held bilateral talks in which they discussed ties between both of their countries
  • Crown prince also met with Fouad Aali El Himma, adviser to the king of Morocco

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday, who arrived in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign visit since he took office in December.

The leaders held bilateral talks in which they discussed ties between both of their countries and ways to boost cooperation in various fields, as well as recent regional updates.

Tebboune was welcomed at his arrival at the King Khaled airport in the capital Riyadh by Interior Minister Prince Abdel Aziz bin Saud and the city’s governor Prince Faisal Bin Bindr Bin Abdul Aziz, the official Saudi news agency reported.

Also on Wednesday, the crown prince met with Fouad Aali El Himma, adviser to the king of Morocco, who conveyed a verbal message from King Mohamed VI.

The adviser also conveyed greetings of he Moroccan king to the Saudi leadership.

He also affirmed to the desire of the king of Morocco to develop the distinguished partnership between the two brotherly countries in all fields.

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Saudi crown prince meets German former foreign minister

Time: 26 February, 2020

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s former foreign minister, in Riyadh on Tuesday. The two men discussed a number of matters of common interest.

Also present at the meeting were Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, and Jorg Ranau, the German ambassador to the Kingdom.

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Saudi Arabia fully committed to protecting human rights

25/02/20

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet in Geneva on Monday. (SPA)
  • World urged to come to the rescue of Palestinians, Yemenis and Rohingyas

GENEVA: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has said the Kingdom is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights at all levels and it is keen to cooperate with international organizations in this regard.

Speaking at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, the foreign minister called for the protection of the basic human rights of the Palestinians and condemned the gross violations of rights and abuses committed against Rohingya Muslims.
He called on the UN and other rights organizations to take effective measures to address these issues.
Condemning all forces promoting the ideology of hatred, Prince Faisal highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts in fighting extremism and terrorism.
He also called on the international community to pay close attention to some media platforms that are spreading hatred and promoting deviant ideas in the garb of freedom of expression and putting the security of states and communities at risk.
The foreign minister stressed the need to respect other cultures and religions to ensure a culture of tolerance around the world.
He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s firm position on Yemen and its support to its people and its legitimate government against the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists.
Prince Faisal called for a political solution to the Yemen issue. He urged the international community and civil society organizations to play their due roles in the resolution of the Yemen issue in the greater interest of its people.

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The international community should pay close attention to some media platforms that are spreading hatred.

The foreign minister also highlighted the Kingdom’s role in resolving disputes between countries, especially in the region.
He lamented that some countries in the region are bent on destabilizing the Middle East by interfering in other countries’ internal matters and forging divisions.
Prince Faisal also highlighted several revolutionary steps the Kingdom has taken to ensure women’s empowerment and to protect human rights.
Since the announcement of Vision 2030, the Kingdom has introduced several laws to strengthen the legal framework for the protection of rights, he said.
Prince Faisal pointed out that the Kingdom will preside over the works of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit 2020 under the slogan “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All,” adding that “the group will focus on three key aims: Empowering People through creating the conditions in which all people — particularly women and youth — can live, work and thrive; safeguarding the planet through fostering collective efforts to safeguard our global commons; shaping new frontiers by adopting long-term and bold strategies to utilize and share the benefits of innovation.”

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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 human-rights chief meets delegation from France

Time: 19 February, 2020

Awwad Al-Awwad, the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission with Christophe Farno, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Middle East and North Africa department director. (SPA)
  • Al-Awwad stressed the strength of the relationship between the Kingdom and France

RIYADH: Awwad Al-Awwad, the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, on Tuesday met a delegation from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Christophe Farno, director of the ministry’s Middle East and North Africa department.

They discussed opportunities for cooperation and how they might work together to enhance human rights.

Al-Awwad stressed the strength of the relationship between the Kingdom and France in all fields. He also gave an overview of recent developments in human rights that have taken place in Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and the pioneering national reforms led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He said that there have been 60 human-rights reforms so far, 22 of which were designed to empower women and guarantee their rights. He noted these significant changes are in keeping with the aims of Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development to ensure a great future for the Kingdom and its people.

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