Saudi-Russian Agreement over Oil Policy, Settling Regional Crises

Riyadh- Russian-Saudi talks held between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minster Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz addressed bilateral ties, political stances and economic agreement regarding oil policy.

Speaking from the Kremlin, Putin announced on Tuesday that his country looks forward to hosting Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Upon receiving Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed in Moscow, Putin said that Russia and Saudi Arabia, together, may arrive at a solution for the ongoing crisis in Syria.

The two sides also reviewed the Saudi-Russian cooperation in the field of petrochemical industries and a number of oil industries, as well as the partnership and uniting efforts to combat terrorism and extremist thought in Central Asia, regional issues and the Syrian crisis, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

For its part, Russian news agency (TASS) said that Saudi Arabia and Russia are amid discussions for cooperation in over 25 economic projects.

Putin stressed the importance of ties with Saudi Arabia, expressing appreciation towards Riyadh promoting and endorsing a unanimous effort between OPEC and non-OPEC states.

For his part, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed reassured that Saudi Arabia and Russia together have achieved a lot, with more laying ahead.

All the more, he confirmed that both countries are in agreement with what regards oil market policy.

During the meeting, Putin and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed discussed ways of enhancing Saudi-Russian oil agreement, which was led by the Kingdom, among non-OPEC oil producing countries, especially Russia, and discussed means of stimulating their market dynamic to achieve positive returns, stabilizing oil markets.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir; Trade and Investment Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi, Energy Minister Eng. Khalid Al-Faleh, and a number of officials from Saudi and Russian sides.

King Salman: Manchester Attack Contradicts Principles and Ethics of Islam

Saudi King Salman: Manchester Attack Contradicts Principles and Ethics of Islam

Riyadh – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong denunciation of the terrorist act that took place in the British city of Manchester, noting that it contradicts the principles and ethics of Islamic religion.

In a telephone call to the British Prime Minister Theresa May, the monarch extended his sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, wishing the injured a quick recovery, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

During the conversation, King Salman confirmed the stance of the Kingdom with all its might with Britain in the war against terrorism.

For her part, PM May expressed her appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his noble feelings, confirming joint efforts of the two countries to confront terrorism.

Earlier, the Custodian sent a cable of condolences to the British Prime Minister following the terrorist bombing in Manchester.

According to SPA, King Salman strongly condemned in his cable the criminal act, wished a speedy recovery to the injured and stressed the importance of international efforts to confront and eradicate terrorism.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, also sent a cable of condolences to May following the terrorist bombing in Manchester.

In the cable, the Crown Prince strongly condemned this shameful criminal act and wished continued security and stability for Britain.

For his part, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sent a cable of condolences to PM May following the terrorist bombing in Manchester.

The Deputy Crown Prince strongly condemned this cowardly criminal act, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Foreign, Arab Media: Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia a New Page

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Beirut – Arab and international newspapers and media Saturday shed light on US president Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, in his first foreign visit since taking over his post.

The Guardian pointed out the symbolism of Trump’s dedicating his first foreign visit to Riyadh while BBC stated that foreign media focused on Saudi-US ties during Obama’s term that witnessed the signing of the well-known nuclear agreement with Iran, especially that Trump is a tough critic of the deal and the policy of easing sanctions on Iran.

The Independent newspaper said that this visit comes years after Obama’s term, although Obama was too soft on Iran and this led to cold relations between Washington and Riyadh.

Sunday’s Speech

Washington Post expected that Trump’s speech on Sunday will be the most prominent stance by him in Riyadh, in the presence of 50 Muslim states. “Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech,” reported the newspaper.

Success of Deputy Crown Prince

Trump’s decision to stop in Saudi Arabia is a “huge success for Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” reported CNBC.

“The deputy crown prince orchestrated, arranged and agreed to all of this during his latest visit to the White House in March,” Bernard Haykel, a professor at Princeton University, said to CNBC.

Arab Newspapers

Arab newspapers focused on the “historic” event and agreed on the importance and symbolism of this visit. Ahram – Egyptian newspaper – saw that the visit gains its importance from being Trump’s first visit since taking over his post and it aims to reinforce strategic relations on the regional and international arenas.

Dr. Walid Ayoubi told Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria that the “visit expresses the new approach of the US foreign policy.”

Emir of Qatar Receives Saudi Foreign Minister

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Doha – Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received at the Emiri Diwan in Qatari capital, Doha, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir and his accompanying delegation, on the occasion of their visit to the country.

At the outset of the meeting, FM Jubeir conveyed greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, and Deputy Crown Prince, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and their best wishes to the Emir of good health and to the people of Qatar continued progress prosperity.

During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments at regional and international arena. They also reviewed the fraternal ties between the two countries and ways of enhancing them.

Emir of Qatar entrusted Jubeir to convey his greetings to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince and his wishes to them of good health, and to the brotherly Saudi people further progress and development.

Later, FM Jubeir delivered a speech at the Annual Meeting of Heads of Diplomatic, Consular and Representative Missions in Qatar following an invitation of Qatari FM Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

During the meeting, Saudi FM spoke about the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its efforts in enhancing the countries’ solidarity and cooperation in all fields. He also addressed a number of regional and international issues and their developments.

Deputy Crown Prince Chairs Council for Economic Affairs, Development

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Riyadh – The Council of Economic Affairs and Development held a meeting Monday evening at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development.

During the meeting, the Council reviewed a number of economic and development issues and took the necessary recommendations on them.

Deputy Crown Prince Assigns Commander of Ground Forces as Lieutenant-General

Deputy Crown Prince Decorates Commander of Land Forces with His New Rank

Riyadh – Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, decorated at his office Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz with his new military rank as Lieutenant-General and Commander of the ground forces.

The Deputy Crown Prince congratulated the Commander of the ground forces on this occasion praying Allah the Almighty to help him in serving the religion and homeland.

For his part, the commander of the ground forces expressed his appreciation and thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince for the great trust being bestowed on him by the country’s leadership.

The ceremony was attended by Chief of General Staff Abdul Rahman al-Bonyan and Consultant at the Royal Court and supervisor general of the defense minister’s office Fahd al-Isa.

King Salman Holds Talks with President of Philippines at Rawdhat Khuraim

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Riyadh, Rawdhat Khuraim – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Republic of the Philippines attended the signing of several memorandums of understanding that tackled several political and diplomatic fields.

On Tuesday, both leaders held official talks at Rawdhat Khuraim in Riyadh Region. During the meeting, bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing them in all fields were reviewed and the overall situations at the international arena were discussed.

Following the meeting, an agreement, memorandum of consultation and cooperation program between the governments of both countries were signed.

An agreement in the field of recruiting public laborers between the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kingdom and the Ministry of Labor and Employment of the Philippines was signed by Saudi Minster of Labor and Social Development Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis and the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo on behalf of the Filipino side.

A memorandum of political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs in the two countries as well as a cooperation program between Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies and the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines were singed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani and the acting Pilipino FM Enrique Manalo.

The meeting and the signing ceremonies were attended by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Musaed bin Mohammed al-Aiban, minister of state and member of the cabinet; Abdulaziz al-Assaf, minister of state and member of the cabinet; Adel bin Zaid al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information; Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Jadaan, minister of finance, Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis, minister of labor and social development, who services as guide minister of the visiting delegation; Nizar bin Obaid Madani, minister of state for foreign affairs; and Abdullah bin Nasser al-Baseeri, Saudi ambassador to The Philippines.

On the Filipino side, the event was attended by the President’s accompanying delegation.

Earlier on Tuesday, King Salman received President Duterte in Riyadh. He was also received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region. The President was received in an official ceremony where the national anthems of the two countries were played, and he reviewed the guard of honor.

The Custodian held a luncheon banquet in honor of the Philippines’ President and his accompanying delegation.

The reception and the banquet were attended by a number of princes, ministers and senior officials.

In addition, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, held a meeting with President Duterte at Rawdhat Khuraim.

During the meeting, the current bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields were reviewed in addition to a number of issues of mutual concern.

The meeting was attended by Musaed bin Mohammed al-Aiban, minister of state and member of the cabinet; Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis, minister of labor and social development, who services as guide minister of the visiting delegation; Ahmed al-Khateeb, Consultant at the Secretariat General of the Cabinet; Nizar bin Obaid Madani, minister of state for foreign affairs; Fahd al-Isa, Consultant at the Royal Court and supervisor general of the defense minister’s office; Yasser al-Ramyan, Consultant at the Secretariat General of the Cabinet and the Filipino President’s accompanying delegation.

President Duterte received at his residence Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed the latest developments in the region.

Jubeir also met with Philippines’ acting Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo. During the meeting, the two reviewed bilateral relations and discussed issues of common interest.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Meets US President Trump

President Donald Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on Tuesday for a discussion that was likely to touch on investment opportunities in the kingdom and efforts to stop the war in Syria.

Trump, who took office in January, and Prince Mohammed who is also the kingdom’s defense minister, kicked off their talks in the Oval Office, where they posed for a picture in front of journalists and did not take questions.

US Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and strategist Steve Bannon were also present.

The meeting was the first since Trump’s inauguration with the powerful prince, who is leading the kingdom’s efforts to revive state finances by diversifying the economy away from a reliance on falling crude oil revenues.

After visiting in the Oval Office, Trump and his advisers joined the prince and the Saudi delegation for lunch in the White House state dining room.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Arrives in Washington for Meeting with Trump

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in Washington to meet on Tuesday with United States President Donald Trump.

Saudi’s Deputy Crown Prince is scheduled to meet Trump and a number of officials in the White House to discuss reinforcing bilateral ties shared by the two countries and regional issues of mutual interest.

The White House announced on Monday that Trump will receive the Deputy Crown Prince on Tuesday.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be the first Saudi official to visit the White House since Trump has entered presidency.

These will be the first talks between Saudi Arabia and the United States under the new White House administration.

It will be the first meeting since Trump took office in January between the US President and the powerful prince leading the kingdom’s efforts to revive state finances by diversifying away from oil dependency.

Kingdom’s Vision 2030 seeks to promote the private sector and make state-owned companies more efficient, Riyadh plans to sell up to 5 percent of state oil giant Saudi Aramco in what is expected to be the world’s biggest initial public offering.

On the other hand, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz is currently in Japan on an Asian tour to endorse ties with the world’s fastest growing importers of Saudi crude and promote investment opportunities.

Trump had spoken by telephone with King Salman soon after he took office in January and agreed to support safe zones in Syria, according to a White House statement.

Deputy Crown Prince Holds Talks with Senior British Defense Consultant for the ME

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Riyadh – Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, met at his office in Riyadh with General Tom Beckett, senior defense consultant for the Middle East at the British defense ministry.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them, particularly in the military field, in addition to the developments of the situations in the region.

The meeting was attended by Supervisor General of the Defense Minister’s office Fahd Al-Isa, Military Advisor to the Minister of Defense Major General Ahmed Asiri and senior officers and officials from the two sides.

Prince Mohammed also met with Raytheon company executive president Thomas Kennedy.

The two discussed aspects of cooperation with the company in the defense and industrial fields as well as the role the company would play in the achievement of the Kingdom vision 2030, particularly in the military industries.

The meeting was attended by senior officers and officials from the two sides.