Trump Describes Meeting with King Salman, Signing Agreements as ‘Great’

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Riyadh – During his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior in Riyadh on Saturday, US President Donald Trump praised the constructive cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States in all fields, describing his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and the exchange of agreements between the two countries as “great.”

The two parties discussed means of enhancing bilateral relations to serve the people of the two countries.

They also discussed cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the field of counter terrorism in addition to the latest developments in the Middle East.

On the other hand, Trump also received Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday and discussed further ways of enhancing ties between both countries.

During the meeting, both discussed the various aspects of Saudi-US cooperation in several fields, especially in the economic sphere in addition to discussing developments in the Middle East region, including the efforts exerted by the two countries in combating extremism and terrorism.

Trump and the Crown Prince’s meeting was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Minister of Interior; Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United States; Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir; US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; and a number of officials.

Whereas Trump’s meeting with Deputy Crown Price was attended by Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; Dr. Musaed al-Aiban; Dr. Majed al-Qasabi, Minister of Trade and Commerce; Eng. Khaled al-Faleh, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Adel al-Jubeir in addition to a number of other officials.

From the US side, the two meetings were attended by US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson, White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and a number of other US officials.

Crown Prince Discusses Security Cooperation with President of Sierra Leone

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Jeddah –Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, discussed with the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma means of strengthening bilateral relations in various fields, especially with regard to enhancing security cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

The meeting came as a complementary to the talks held earlier by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz with Koroma.

The meeting also reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East region, efforts exerted towards them and Saudi Arabia and Sierra Leone’s position on them.

The meeting was attended by: advisor to the Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman al-Fadley, Chief of General Intelligence Khalid al-Humaidan, Deputy Director General of General Investigation Lieutenant General Abdullah al-Qarni, Vice President and Managing Director of Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Yousef bin Ibrahim al-Bassam, Special Secretary of the Crown Prince Ahmed bin Saleh al-Ajlan and Saudi Ambassador to Guinea and Sierra Leone Suleiman bin Saleh al-Furaih.

It was also attended by the delegation accompanying Koroma: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Samura Kamara, Minister of Finance Momodu Kargbo, Minister of Mines and Natural Resources Minkailu Mansaray, Minister of Education Minkailu Bah, Minister of Information and Communication Mohamed Bangura and Sierra Leone Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mohamed Sillah Kargbo.

In a separate development and under the patronage of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, will open in Madinah the symposium on Hajj and Umrah on May 17.

The symposium will be organized at Taibah University by the Makkah-based Umm al-Qura University.

Rector of Umm Al-Qura University, Bakri Assas, who is also the dean of the center of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Hajj and Umrah researches, lauded the excellent services provided to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

The center was able over four decades to conduct hundreds of studies, provide hundreds of projects and hold dozens of meetings and forums, which were entirely aimed at serving pilgrims and pilgrimage.

“The Kingdom has dedicated all of its human and technological potential in the service of pilgrims and visitors,” Assas said in order to attract researchers and experts from all universities and those interested in studying Hajj and Umrah.

He pointed out that the efforts of the Institute are part of the activity of Umm al-Qura University in serving Hajj, Umrah and “Ziyara”, which is inspired from the efforts of the Saudi government in serving the pilgrims.

Dean of the center Sami Barhameen said the scientific committee of the symposium has approved 112 out of 269 research papers to be discussed during eight sessions, averaging 46 papers every day.

“All the papers have been thoroughly checked, evaluated and endorsed by the scientific committee according to the international standards,” he said.

Bahrameen said the symposium will focus on a number of themes including Hajj jurisprudence, issues pertaining to Umrah, crowd management, economy, architecture, environment, health, media, technology and its applications and the impact of new projects and initiatives in the promotion of Hajj services.

He said the symposium will also discuss the participation of the public in serving pilgrims and visitors to Madinah.

Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Crown Prince Receive Copy of SAMA 52nd Annual Report

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Riyadh- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, lauded the strenuous efforts exerted by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) to contribute to the financial stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, noting the distinguished performance of SAMA’s personnel.

This came after the Crown Prince received a copy of the 52nd annual report of SAMA at al-Yamamah palace on Monday.

The Crown Prince was handed the report bythe Minister of Finance Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jada’an; Governor of SAMA Dr. Ahmed bin Abdul Karim Al-Khulaifi and the Governor’s undersecretaries.

Later, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense also received a copy of the 52nd annual report of SAMA.

The report highlighted the most prominent domestic and global economic developments for the fiscal year 2015.

The audience was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Minister of Interior.

King Salman Lauds Crown Prince for Hajj’s Success

Makkah, Jeddah-Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud confirmed that his country holds a great responsibility and is honored to serve the two holy mosques and the pilgrims, this is why, he said, it has utilized all its potentials and financial capabilities to serve them.

King Salman said that all the expanding projects and works done for the holy sites come for serving pilgrims.

King Salman’s confirmations came within a cable of thanks he sent to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Chairman of Supreme Hajj Committee on the successful completion of Hajj season 2016, and he congratulated him on Eid al-Adha.

In this cable, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked Allah Almighty for the bounty and generosity successful of Pilgrimage season this year, confirming the Kingdom’s honor for hosting the pilgrimage season and serve of pilgrims and visitors.

King Salman lauded all the efforts put by the Saudi Crown Prince, being the Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, all the officials, government services’ employees and those working in civil and military sectors, confirming that these efforts are appreciated.

For his part, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has earlier congratulated the King on the behalf of the members of the committee and the name of princes and employees in the Ministry of Interior, headed by security men and employees working in civil and military sectors who participated in this year’s Hajj, for the success of Hajj season and on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

On the other hand, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef confirmed that his country succeeded in managing and organizing pilgrimage during all its stages and it was able to prove rivals were wrong in all their accusations, describing their mission as hard.

He said, while addressing leaders and managers in military and security sectors and all those who participated in this year’s Hajj season: “We were put in challenging regional circumstances, and we were threatened by many. Thanks God you all worked calmly and professionally.”

He added: “The result is an honor for all of us.”

He also pointed out the pride of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of this title, saying that the Monarch was very pleased as the semi-final stage of Hajj has drawn to an end.

Saudi Crown Prince Approves General Emergency Plan for Hajj

Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The Kaaba is the holiest place in the Muslim world, and followers always pray facing towards it. Reuters: Muhammad Hamed

Jeddah-Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Saudi deputy premier and minister of interior has approved the general plan for the implementation of the works of Civil Defense in emergency situations during Hajj season this year 1437 AH.

This was announced by Director General of Civil Defense Lieutenant General Suleiman bin Abdullah al-Amr, who said that over 17,000 officers and members are participating in carrying out the general plan for emergencies in Hajj with the help of 3,000 machines and equipment.

There is a plan for supporting the Civil Defense forces with personnel from the regions in case they are needed.

With the approval of this plan, the Civil Defense has reached the highest level of preparedness to counter 13 probable hazards through a number of Civil Defense centers and units in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites, Lt. Gen. al-Amr added.

He said the plan was based on studying and drawing lessons from the positive and negative aspects experienced during the past years.

Moreover, there are also plans concerning evacuation that will be implemented in coordination with other government agencies in case of any emergency during Haj, he said.

He said the emergency plan entails all appropriate measures for the protection of pilgrims in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites against accidents and disasters. It also aims at protecting private and public properties by following the best possible way in coordination with other government agencies.

The plan includes launching of awareness campaigns about the safety of pilgrims in housing facilities in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites in coordination with Hajj and Tawafa establishments, he said.

Other awareness campaigns will be run through media, banners and booklets which will be distributed in large numbers among the pilgrims.

Social media and smartphones will also be used to create awareness, he stated.

He added that the Directorate of Civil Defense has joined the Unified Security Operations Center (911) to exchange reports and carry out joint security operations in collaboration with the security sectors of the Ministry of Interior to deal with crises and emergencies.

Saudi Leadership Sends Condolences to Erdogan on Victims of Gaziantep Explosion

Jeddah- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the victims of the Gaziantep explosion.

In his cable, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed profound sadness for the explosion that took place in Gaziantep, resulting in fatalities and injuries of dozens of innocent people.

“We strongly condemn this terrorist act and share with your Excellency and the Turkish people the feelings of pain and sadness for this incident.”

“On my behalf and on behalf of the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we express our condolence and sympathy to your Excellency, the families of victims and the people of Turkey; appealing to Allah Almighty to bestow his mercy on the dead, wishing the injured quick recovery, and to preserve Turkey and its people from any harm,” the monarch added.

For their parts, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, second deputy premier and minister of defense, also sent cables of condolences and sympathy to Erdogan.

In their cables, they said separately: “With profound sadness, I have been informed of the news of the explosion which took place in Gaziantep, resulting in fatalities and injuries of dozens of innocent people.”

“Let me express to your Excellency, my strong denunciation to this terror act, which is criminalized by all divine religions and international norms and charters, and express my condolence and sympathy to your Excellency, the families of victims and the people of your country, appealing to Allah Almighty to bestow his mercy on the victims; wishing the injured quick recovery and to preserve the Republic of Turkey and its people from any harm.”

An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist suicide bombing that targeted a wedding party in the state of Gaziantep in Turkey on Saturday night, which killed 51 people and injured dozens.

The source reiterated the Kingdom’s full solidarity with Turkey and stressed that it stands by Turkey in combatting terrorism.

King Salman Discusses International Developments with Philip Hammond

King Salman during his meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on May 29 in Jeddah. SPA

Jeddah- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received at al-Salam palace in Jeddah on Sunday British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

The meeting was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and interior minister; Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi; Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and Britain’s Ambassador to the Kingdom, Simon Collis. It tackled bilateral relations and latest developments in the region.

For his part, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud discussed with Hammond aspects of cooperation between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to the latest developments in the region and the stances of the two countries regarding these developments.

Their meeting was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, adviser to the Interior Minister; Adel al-Jubeir, minister of foreign affairs; Khaled al-Humaidan, chief of General Intelligence Presidency; Col. Abdullah al-Qarni; and Simon Collis, British ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, Crown Prince approved the formation of Board of Trustees for the national program “FATIN” under his chairmanship and membership of the Ministers of Interior, Islamic Affairs, Dawa, Guidance, Labor, Social Development, Culture and Information, and the General Authority for Sport and King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue.

On this occasion, Minister of Education Dr. Ahmad Al-Issa valued this move confirming that it reflects the leadership’s keenness for its youth and nation. He said that such a step immunizes citizens against negative, destructive thoughts and helps them in building their homeland and achieving their leaders’ aspirations.

Merkel Invites Crown Prince to Visit Germany

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef sitting with German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Monday

Riyadh- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, received an official invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Germany.

The invitation was handed over to the Crown Prince by Ambassador of Germany to Saudi Arabia Boris Ruge, who was received by the Crown Prince in the Ministry of Interior.

During the meeting, they also discussed a number of issues of common interest to the two friendly countries.

Moreover, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef also reviewed with the Italian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Luca Ferrari issues of mutual interest and ways to strengthen relations between the two countries.

For his part, the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, received a telephone call from Jordanian King Abdullah II on Monday.

During the call, the two sides discussed bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and preparations for the Saudi-Jordanian Coordination Council.

On the other hand, the Council of Economic Affairs and Development held a meeting on Monday evening at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh under the chairmanship of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The council discussed a number of economic and development issues and offered the necessary recommendations to solve them.

Saudi Crown Prince Patronizes Tactical Exercise “Sawlat Al-Haq 8”

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Riyadh-Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior patronized the launching of the tactical exercise of the Special Emergency Forces “Sawlat Al-Haq 8 “.

Upon arrival at Prince Nayef Center for Special Operations and Developed Applications in Dhurma, the Crown Prince was received by Director of the Public Security Gen. Othman bin Nasser Al-Muhrij, Brigade Khaled al-Harbi and a number of senior officials.

Before starting the exercise, the Crown Prince received directors and commanders of security, emergency and gendarme from Gulf, Arab and Islamic states, who are currently present in the Kingdom to attend the exercise.

Then a reception ceremony took place and the Director Gen. of the General Security addressed the audience, welcoming the Crown Prince, and asserting the readiness of the security forces to confront all outlaws and defend their homeland, praying to the Almighty Allah to protect the land, under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince.

He also explained that “Sawlat al-Haq” exercise comes to the right, justice and prestige of the Kingdom. He added that the Saudi people have proved through history their willingness to represent the greatest meanings of the Arabic and Islamic responsibility in caring for Islam and Muslims.

Following the reception ceremony, the Crown Prince watched an event under the motto: “Documenting a Leader’s Procession”, where a number of graduate-officers presented shooting tactics on targets, which after being hit, reflected information depicting the procession of the Crown Prince, since being appointed as the assistant to the Minister of Interior until being appointed as the Crown Prince.

The Crown Prince attended a number of other exercises and events, too, before he and the accompanying delegation left the venue.

In press statements following the ceremony, Director of the Public Security Gen. Othman bin Nasser Al-Muhrij, emphasized that the military exercise delivers a clear message for whoever is trying to tamper the Kingdom’s security, religion and sanctities; confirming the readiness of all the sectors to combat terrorism.

In addition, regarding the coming Hajj and Umrah’s plan, Al-Muhrij confirmed that they will benefit from the past experiences for the success of the new plan.

Concerning the crime that led to the death of Colonel Kitab Majed al-Hammadi, who was shot dead to martyrdom by unknown attackers at Al-Arja center in Al-Dawadmi province west Riyadh, Al-Muhrij commented, “The crime was painful for everyone and it increased the persistence of the public security and the security bodies to eradicate terrorist groups.”

On the other hand, Brigade Khaled al-Harbi said that the governmental bodies are working on practical applications using ammunitions of all types, giving emphasis to quality not quantity in military training. What is happening with security men nowadays has turned them more determined to end crime and terrorism, he added.

Crown Prince Patronizes Deluge 6 Exercise

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Inaugurates, Mohammed bin Nayef Maritime Academy
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Inaugurates, Mohammed bin Nayef Maritime Academy

Jeddah- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior patronized on Wednesday, “Deluge 6” exercise and the graduation ceremony of a number of border guards, at Mohammed bin Nayef Maritime Academy in Jeddah.

The number of graduates reached 2412 from officers and members in a number of rehabilitation, foundational and specialized courses, including the international course titled “Interdicting Maritime Crimes”, with the participation of trainers from 17 different countries.

Upon arrival at the venue, the Crown Prince was received by the Director General of the Border Guard Adm. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi and a number of senior, civil and military officials. After taking his place at the podium, the exercise began as a naval intercept was conducted, with the participation of aviation security and other units.

In addition, and following the exercise, the Crown Prince inaugurated the first phase of the project of Mohammed bin Nayef Academy of Marine Science and Security Studies.

The Crown Prince, then, and the audience attended a visual presentation entitled “Towards integration with smart technology” and were briefed on the model for the academy and an explanation of related projects that will be implemented later.

HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef watched the military parade queue and models for a number of new machines.

On the other hand, the academy students performed the formation of panel borders of the Kingdom and the academy’s anthem. Other students swore for loyalty and obedience, and after the announcement of the overall results of the sessions, top graduates were honored in a number of the academy’s courses.

For his part, Al-Balawi addressed the audience, recalling the security processes the Kingdom has witnessed since the reign of the founder King Abdulaziz up to the current reign of King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

He reviewed the regional threats that the nation and the border guards are facing due to the security and political situations in some countries.

He also said Saudi border guards have reached this phase as a result of the directives of the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz that underscore the importance of qualifying and training the guards to perform their duties professionally in different conditions and sites.

HRH concluded the ceremony by gracing the graduates and receiving a memorial present from the Director General. The Crown Prince toured the exhibition to view the armament capabilities and was briefed by the curators on displayed items.