CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday and was welcomed at King Khalid International Airport by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The president was then hosted at the Al-Yamamah Palace by King Salman where a luncheon was held in his honor.
Bassam Rady, spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, said a meeting between the king and president was followed by talks that included delegations from both countries.
King Salman praised bilateral relations, Egypt’s pivotal role in maintaining security and stability in the Arab world, and its unremitting efforts to support Arab Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.
Prince Mohammed and El-Sisi also discussed bilateral relations, regional and international developments and efforts exerted concerning them, and issues of common interest during a meeting.
Later, Prince Mohammed accompanied El-Sisi on a tour of Diriyah’s historic At-Turaif district.
Osama Nugali, Saudi ambassador to Egypt, said the visit comes within the framework of the continuous consultations and growth of relations between the two brotherly countries.
He added that the large number of agreements, memoranda of understanding and protocols between the two countries gives their relationship a strategic dimension, in addition to the historical, religious and Arab dimensions.
Nugali noted that Saudi Arabia is the second-largest foreign investor in Egypt, and the latter came second among countries for which investment licenses were issued in the Kingdom in 2020.
Sources in Egypt’s Foreign Ministry told Arab News that the visit will last a few hours. El-Sisi previously visited Kuwait, and is expected to visit Oman soon.
Wissam Abdel Alim, a journalist specializing in Arab affairs at Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, told Arab News that he expects El-Sisi to discuss with Saudi leaders economic cooperation and the repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on global markets.
Abdel Alim said El-Sisi may also address the need to take a united Arab position on Ethiopia’s construction of the Renaissance Dam, which will affect water supplies to Egypt and Sudan.
The journalist added that the depth and strength of Saudi-Egyptian relations have translated into frequent visits and uninterrupted contact between officials from both countries.
Two weeks ago, El-Sisi congratulated King Salman on the anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s Founding Day.
And before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many meetings between the two sides. On May 30, 2019, El-Sisi visited Saudi Arabia to participate in emergency Arab and Islamic summits at King Salman’s invitation.
The crown prince visited Egypt on Nov. 26, 2018, and on April 14 that year, El-Sisi visited Saudi Arabia to participate in the 29th Arab Summit.
On March 4 that year, a number of bilateral agreements were signed between the two countries in various fields during the crown prince’s visit to Egypt.
On May 19, 2017, El-Sisi visited Saudi Arabia to participate in the Arab-Islamic-American Summit.
On April 23 that year, he visited Saudi Arabia to discuss the importance of strengthening Arab cooperation and solidarity in the face of challenges facing the region.
On March 29 that year, King Salman met with El-Sisi on the sidelines of the Arab Summit in Jordan.
RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Swaha has said that technology and innovation are the bases on which sustainable and comprehensive recovery and development depend.
Speaking at the Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Bali, under Indonesia’s presidency of the G20, he pointed to the steps taken by Saudi Arabia to support future economies and innovation, as announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is chairman of the Kingdom’s Supreme Committee for Research, Development and Innovation.
Saudi Arabia’s priorities for research, development and innovation are based on human health, environmental sustainability and basic needs, leadership in energy and industry, and future economies, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.
Al-Swaha said: “The support provided to the technology, innovation and entrepreneurship sectors by the (Saudi) leadership has contributed to the entrepreneurship of the Kingdom, which has become the center for technology and innovation in the region.”
He pointed to the fact that quantitative growth in venture capital investments has reached 270 percent last year, exceeding what has been accomplished in 2019 and 2020 combined.
Al-Swaha added that, in terms of female participation, Vision 2030 ensured the support of Saudi women, and said the Kingdom has achieved a significantly high outcome in terms of female empowerment in the communications and information technology sectors, exceeding 30 percent of employees in 2022.
The minister stated that the Kingdom is working in cooperation with the Apple Developers Academy to qualify more than 600 women in the sector from across the MENA region.
RIYADH: A Saudi minister on Thursday joined a high-level international meeting to discuss innovation economics and female empowerment in the workforce, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Abdullah Al-Swaha, minister of communications and information technology, took part in talks held during the Group of Twenty digital ministers’ meeting.
The G20 is a strategic multilateral platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies. The theme of this year’s summit, held in Bali under Indonesia’s G20 presidency, is “Recover Together, Recover Stronger,” emphasizing the importance of collective action to tackle the ongoing global repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic
Al-Swaha told delegates that the world’s sustainable and comprehensive recovery paths relied on technology and innovation, citing Saudi Arabia’s proactive measures in line with Vision 2030 objectives as a model example.
He said the Saudi leadership’s support for the technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship sectors had contributed to the Kingdom’s pioneering status as a regional tech hub.
He noted that the qualitative growth in bold capital investments last year was 270 percent higher than that achieved in 2020 and 2019.
The minister added that Vision 2030 placed great importance on the role of Saudi women in advancing the Kingdom, and he pointed out that the country had increased its female workforce participation from 7 percent in 2017 to more than 30 percent this year.
As a regional hub for technology and innovation, Al-Swaha said Saudi Arabia aimed to train more than 600 women in the Middle East and North Africa region through its collaboration with the Apple Developer Academy. And he noted the country’s efforts to bridge the digital gap and enhance green energy projects in NEOM, a megacity in the Kingdom’s northwest.
RIYADH: The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition on Thursday announced that Kenya had joined as a member state, increasing the number since its inception to 42.
Following the announcement, the Kenyan flag was flown at the headquarters of the coalition next to the other 41 flags, where the ceremony was held in the presence of Kenyan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Peter Nicholas Ojigo and a delegation from the Kenyan Embassy in Riyadh.
IMCTC Secretary-General Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi said Kenya’s membership is a positive step by Nairobi, and expresses the importance of international participation in combating terrorism and extremist violence.
Al-Moghedi stressed that Kenya — with its various religious and cultural components and its strategic East African location — will play a big role as an IMCTC member, with its effective record combating terrorism.
IMCTC member states work to coordinate, unify and reinforce efforts to combat the financing and supporting of terrorism.
In December 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the coalition to form a unified pan-Islamic front against extremist violence.
The chiefs of staff from various Islamic countries met in Riyadh in March 2016 and affirmed their determination to fight terrorism jointly according to their capabilities within the IMCTC framework, as per its policies and procedures, without compromising the sovereignty of member states.
In 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the first meeting of the coalition under the theme “Allied Against Terrorism.”
The meeting stressed that terrorism represents a continued and growing threat to local and global peace and stability, and voiced support for IMCTC members to coordinate efforts to wipe out terrorism ideologically, financially and militarily.
RIYADH: The Islamic Development Bank Group said it is ready to support the Pakistani government’s efforts to address the impact of devastating floods in the country on Wednesday.
Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in northern mountains have triggered floods that have killed at least 1,191 people, including 399 children, in the Asian country.
The group, of which Pakistan is a member country, commended the Pakistani authorities and relief agencies for their extraordinary efforts to bring relief to the victims and provide crucial humanitarian assistance.
It expressed its solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan, and called on the international development community, UN agencies, and international organizations to deliver lifesaving and livelihood assistance, such as health services, food, clean water, and shelter.
The IsDB Group said it reiterates its commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government of Pakistan, along with other development partners, to mitigate the negative impact of the floods.
On Thursday, southern Pakistan braced for more flooding as a surge of water flowed down the Indus river.
The military said it had evacuated some 50,000 people, including 1,000 by air, since rescue efforts began.
DUBAI: The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature of Jordan has joined for the first time the International Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition to showcase Jordan’s experience in regulating hunting and training falcons.
Abdulrazzaq Al-Hamoud, supervisor of the Jordanian pavilion, said the event hosted by the Saudi Falcons Club was a good platform to highlight the society’s role in raising environmental awareness, promoting laws on hunting regulations and protecting falcons from overhunting since 1970s.
Al-Hamoud also said they were looking for partnerships with Saudi Arabian and Arab groups to share experiences on wildlife protection, regulation and ecotourism, among others, as he praised the Kingdom’s environmental efforts with the establishment of new nature reserves.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, toured the falcon and hunting exhibition and had a first-hand look at how falcons were being prepared for the daily auctions.
The envoy also inspected products on display in the pavilions, and was also briefed by representatives of falconry farms participating in the event.
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