Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives Iraqi President Talabani, meeting tackled Iraq developments

King Abdullah receives head, participants of national dialogue

Vietnamese President extends official invitation to King Abdullah to visit his country, stresses at Majlis Al-Shura support for Arab peace initiative

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his ranch Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Alsalim Alsabah, Kuwait's deputy premier and foreign minister, and the accompanying delegation.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud Alfaisal, the Foreign Minister, and other senior officials.

The Kuwaiti official conveyed a message from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah received at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace President Jalal Talabani of Iraq.

During the meeting, they discussed prospects of cooperation between the two brotherly countries in addition to the developments in the region.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud decorated President Talabani with King Abdulaziz Medallion which is granted to the leaders of brotherly and friendly countries.

President Talabani thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on this occasion.

The meeting was attended by Prince Miteb bin Abdulaziz; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and a number of princes and officials.

In Riyadh, King Abdullah received at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace members of the governing body of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue headed by the General President of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque Affairs Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Husain, who is also the Chairman of the eighth national meeting for intellectual dialogue; Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabia; Deputies of the Chairman of the eighth national meeting; and the participants in the meeting which was held in Najran during the period from 23 to 25/04/1431 H. under the theme 'Society and Health Services'.

The audience was attended by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked the members of the governing body of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue and the participants in the eighth national meeting for intellectual dialogue, wishing them all success.

King Abdullah laid the foundation stone for the building project of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue and was briefed on the project which is located in Riyadh city and covers an area of 11,000 square meters.

The audience was attended by a number of princes, ministers and officials.

On the other hand, the King received President Nguyen Minh Triet of Socialist Republic of Vietnam currently on a several-day visit to the kingdom.

The audience was attended by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, other princes and senior officials.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Vietnamese President held official talks at the King's Palace last week.

At the outset of the session, the King welcomed the Vietnamese President, wishing him and the accompanying delegation a pleasant stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On his part, the Vietnamese President expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the King for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to them.

Then the King awarded the Vietnamese President the Medallion of King Abdulaziz, which is awarded to leaders of brotherly and friendly countries.

The Vietnamese President expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the King, expressing his great pride in this honoring.

During the talks, they discussed cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing it in all fields in the service of their joint interests.

The King and the President reviewed also overall developments at regional and international arenas and the positions of the two friendly countries towards them.

The talks were attended by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General; Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, President of General Intelligence; Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; and Saudi Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Salah Sarhan.

On the Vietnamese side, the talks were attended by Minister of State and Director of the President's Office Nguyen Van Chien; Minister of Trade and Industry Vu Huy Hoang; Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong; Vietnamese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dao Thong Chong; and a number of officials.

King Abdullah and President Nguyen attended the signing of a protocol between the Saudi and Vietnamese governments for cooperation in the field of oil, gas and minerals.

They two leaders also attended the signing of a Saudi-Vietnamese agreement on avoiding duplicate taxation and prevention of tax evasion concerning taxes on income as well as a framework agreement for cooperation in the fields of agriculture and livestock and fish resources.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, pointed out that the agreement on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion signed with Vietnam on Saturday evening is considered as a stable legal framework for tax relations between the two countries.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he called on businessmen in the two countries to benefit from tax advantages and its reduction ensured by the agreement for the establishment of more joint investment projects.

Dr. Al-Assaf noted that the volume of trade exchange between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, increased from about SR 92 million in 2000 to more than SR 1, 100 million in 2008.

President Nguyen had earlier received Dr. Assaf.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks, reviewed ways of enhancing relations between the two countries, and discussed issues of common interest.

The Vietnamese president visited Majlis Al-Shura and addressed the Majlis within the framework of his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He was accompanied by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Eng. Ali Al-Naimi.

At a meeting with Deputy Chairman of Majlis Al-Shura Dr Bandar Hamza Hajjar, the Vietnamese President reviewed issues of mutual interest including bilateral relations in various domains notably in the parliamentary domain.

Nguyen addressed the Majlis stressing his country's keenness to promote relations with the Kingdom in all fields and pushing it forward for the sake of their peoples' interests.

The President pointed out the main issues he discussed with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, during their talks, and the agreements they reached to improve bilateral co-operation in various arenas.

Volume of bilateral trade exchange has exceeded $ 455 million a figure that stand short considering the potentials of the two countries, he said, and that the two sides agreed to increase it, he added.

A lot of common grounds of convergence are there for the two countries since the Kingdom is a leading economic powerhouse and Vietnam, in turn, is full of investment opportunities in fisheries, livestock and agriculture, he said.

Vietnam could secure the Kingdom's demand for working force plus its readiness to facilitate Saudi investment by easing issuing of entry visas for Saudi businessmen.

Nguyen also received Minister of Agriculture Dr. Fahd bin Abdulrahman Balghunaym.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks, reviewed aspects of cooperation between the two countries, and discussed issues of common interest.