Vice Custodian Prince Sultan chairs civil aviation board meeting

Prince Saud Al-Faisal takes up peace process, Iranian nuclear file with French President Sarkozy, Foreign Minister Kouchner

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal opens preparatory meeting of Arab cultural summit

Japanese MP calls for enhancing investments in Saudi Arabia’s higher education sector

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is also Chairman of the board directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, presided over the board's 8th meeting.

The board discussed a number of issues and reviewed the situations of various projects under construction.

At the outset of the meeting, the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques pointed out that the General Authority had complemented works related to King Abdulaziz International Airport which is to be approved by a ministerial committee prior to forwarding it for the King's endorsement.

Among several issues discussed at the meeting, the prohibiting of smoking at airports and the measurements taken and applied by the General Authority in this regard, including how to check abiding by the rules, mechanisms of how to fine the transgressors through the support of security units stationed at airports and the General Authority follow up and supervision of carrying out the decision were also reviewed.

On the other hand, the meeting tackled the topic of internal operation aiming at explaining the importance of air transportation in economic development and its impact on the Kingdom in all aspects, and the expected positive results of air transportation privatization on service scope and improving of operational efficiency.

The meeting was attended by Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, Assistant to Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General; Vice Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Minister of State and Member of Cabinet Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban; Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Eng. Abdullah bin Muhammad Nur Rahimi; and other members of the board.

Meanwhile, President Nicholas Sarkozy of the Republic of France received at the Elyseé palace visiting Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At the outset of the audience, Prince Saud Al-Faisal conveyed to the French President the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. For his part, the President sent his greetings to the Monarch.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing them as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Prince Saud met in Paris on Monday with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

The meeting dealt with the developments at international arena as well as the strong and distinguished relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The meeting also dealt with the Saudi exhibition 'Roads of Arabia' to be opened on Tuesday at the Louvre Museum, the statement added.

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Saud and Foreign Minister Kouchner opened at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Tuesday the Kingdom's Magnificent Antiquities Exhibition.

Prince Saud toured the exhibition which lasts for two months and listened to a brief on the pieces depicting various and several consecutive epochs of region through history.

Addressing the audience on the occasion, Prince Saud Al-Faisal expressed pleasure to inaugurate the exhibition together with French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner. The exhibition, he said, is embodying the cultural aspect of bilateral cooperation in order to consolidate existing relations and taking them further to new horizons for the sake of the peoples of the two countries.

He also thanked the Louvre for hosting the exhibition and extended thanks to France's government and people, for inviting the exhibition. In this regard, he pointed out that the exhibition was launched by a noble initiative of former French President Jacques Chirac and the interest and follow-up of President Nicholas Sarkozy.

On the other hand, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Makkah Province, who is also President of Arab Thought Foundation, affirmed that 1st preparatory meeting for Arab Cultural Summit, which started on Tuesday, came in culmination of dedicated efforts seeking to put the issues of thought and culture in the right place of attention and care at the highest levels.

'This has also been convened for the activation of Arab cultural solidarity and consolidation of the principle of social responsibility of the finance essential for the success of cultural efforts,' said Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Addressing the meeting, the Prince noted that the recent Arab summit in Libya, called for the convention of Arab Cultural Summit, hailing Arab leaders for putting the issue of culture and intellectuals on the top at the highest levels.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said the Arab annual report on cultural development issued by the Foundation had revealed the depth of the crisis of knowledge and Arab cultural movement in the areas of writing, reading, information, education, cultural discourse in the media, and innovation.

He indicated that this preparatory meeting will also discuss issues such as innovation, intellectual property protection, protection of heritage and culture of children and young people as well as the Arab cultural market.

The Prince proposed that Arab Cultural Project in the next two decades should concentrate on saving the Arabic language as one of the most urgent issues at the cultural arena and on the establishment of Arab Cultural Finance Fund whose resources should come from the contributions of the Governments of Arab States.

Prince Khalid had opened in Beirut on Tuesday the First Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Cultural Summit, held at an invitation from the ATF in cooperation with the Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization under the umbrella of the Arab League.

Lebanon's Minister of Culture Salim Wardah and senior Arab dignitaries attended the opening ceremony.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia's pavilion at Tokyo Book Fair currently in progress has attracted large numbers of Japanese visitors especially a Saudi Tent and an Arabic Calligraphy Wing.

The Pavilion displays the history and achievements of Saudi Arabia in humanitarian, social, economic and cultural fields. It includes 527 titles in Arabic, English and Japanese languages.

It also contains replicas of the Holy Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, which highlight the interest and attention paid by the Government of Saudi Arabia to Holy Places and the efforts exerted for enabling pilgrims and Umrah performers to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.

The Ministry of Higher Education, which supervises the Pavilion, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information, King Abdulaziz Public Library and Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, have been keen on achieving the desired results from the Pavilion in displaying Saudi culture and progress in various fields.

A Japanese parliamentarian urged his country and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to boost their joint investments in the field of higher education.

In a work paper presented on the sidelines of the International Book Fair in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, Japanese parliament's deputy Toshi Aki Kiozomi stressed the great importance of higher education in development.

In the paper titled 'Japan and Saudi Arabia: Dialogue for Future', he said Saudi-Japanese relations moved from reliance on the material to the human element.

He added that diplomatic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia started with the economic dimension of oil, but started to take other dimensions with the launch of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Scholarships Abroad as the relationship has moved from reliance on the material to the human element.

He also spoke about the circumstances of the establishment of the Saudi-Japanese Parliamentary Union, founded in 2008, and future goals, and reviewed the policies of Japan and the joint cooperation between the two countries and its role in promoting bilateral ties, noting that higher education and its development are the primary engine of development and that the Saudi-Japanese relations must promote this aspect and launch more of joint investments in this area.

For his part, Yosif Alshaer presented a work paper titled (Saudi Arabia and Japan from relationship to partnership) highlighting the relationship between the Kingdom and Japan and saying that it is exemplary in all political, diplomatic, economic, cultural and educational fields.

He stressed the availability of the ingredients in the two countries to strengthen the partnership where basic and financial resources in the Kingdom and financial, technical and scientific expertise are available in Japan providing opportunities for partnership between the two friendly countries.

Alshaer called for encouraging businessmen of both countries to forge closer ties among themselves.

Secretary-General Award Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Translation Dr. Said bin Fayez Alsaeed highlighted the role of translation and its importance in the renaissance of any scientific knowledge.

In his lecture titled (Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Translation: vision and goal) at the seminars hall of the International Book Fair in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on the occasion of participation of Saudi Arabia as guest of honor in the fair for this year, Dr. Alsaeed hailed the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to establish an international prize for translation bearing the king's name.

The symposium titled (Saudi Arabia and Japan ... dialogue for the future) discussed the issue of coexistence and conflict between local culture and globalization.

Saudi cultural attaché in the UAE, Dr. Abdullah Al Tayer highlighted Saudi efforts to promote the culture of dialogue among followers of religions and cultures as well as moderation.

In papers on Saudi women education, Dr. I'ashih Alhosain and Dr. Najah Alqablan highlighted the kingdom's progress in the field of women education.

Saudi Ambassador to Japan Dr. Abdulaziz Turkustani participated in the symposium highlighting strength of Saudi-Japanese relations.