Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives King of Bahrain in Morocco

Saudi leadership congratulates China over 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between two sides

Large Chinese turnout on Saudi Cultural Days festival in Beijing

Saudi Arabia elected member of Arab Human Rights Committee

Britain says working on enhancing ties with Gulf states

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his residence in the Moroccan city of Casablanca King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the accompanying delegation.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has held a luncheon in honor of Bahrain's King and the accompanying delegation.

The audience and banquet were attended by Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Abdulaziz; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister; Prince Faisal bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabir; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education; Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Advisor of the King; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs; Prince Khalid bin Talal bin Abdulaziz; Prince Fahd bin Miqren bin Abdulaziz; Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed Al Saud, Advisor to the King; Prince Mansour bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Prince Bandar bin Miqren bin Abdulaziz and a number of ministers and officials.

King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain has arrived in the Kingdom of Morocco earlier last week.

At Mohammed V International Airport, Bahrain's King was received by Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Bandar bin Miqren bin Abdulaziz and a number of senior Saudi, Bahraini and Moroccan officials.

King Abdullah held at his residence in Casablanca on July 20 a meeting with King Hamad.

During the meeting, they discussed the overall developments at the Gulf, Arab, Islamic and international arenas and the position of the two countries towards them in addition to prospects for cooperation between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in all fields to serve the interests of both countries and peoples.

The meeting was attended by Prince Saud Alfaisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence from the Saudi side.

It was also attended by a number of senior officials from the Bahraini side.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah has sent a cable of congratulations to Chinese President HU Jintao on the occasion of the 20th anniversary for establishing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China.

The King expressed his good wishes to the Chinese President and highlighted the existing friendly relations between the two countries in all domains.

He confirmed the keenness of the Kingdom on further cementing these relations in a manner that realizes the aspirations of the two countries.

A similar cable of congratulations was sent by Vice-custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan ibn Abdulaziz to the Chinese President on the occasion.

Saudi Ambassador to China, Eng. Yahya bin Abdulkarim Al-Yahiya held a party this evening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China.

Ambassador Al-Yahiya emphasized Saudi government's keenness on promoting bilateral relations, citing in this regard, the stance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during Sichuan earthquake, when he ordered to grant China more than $ 70 million in aid.

'King Abdullah's first visit abroad, since he ascended to the throne, has taken him to China, too, which is a very significant step', the ambassador added.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has received a reply cable of congratulations from Chinese President Hu Jintao on the 20th anniversary of Saudi-Chinese diplomatic relations' establishment.

In the cable, the Chinese President hailed the great development of Saudi-Chinese relations since the establishment of their diplomatic relations 20 years ago. The president highlighted the visit by the president to the kingdom in 2006 and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' visit to China in the same year. The president highly commended the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' contribution to the development of the Saudi-Chinese relations.

The president said that the Chinese government and people always view Saudi-Chinese relations from a strategic perspective expressing willingness to work with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to further bolster the Saudi-Chinese strategic friendly relations.

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has also received a similar cable of congratulations from the Chinese President on the same occasion of the 20th anniversary of Saudi-Chinese diplomatic relations' establishment.

Saudi Cultural Days, organized by Ministry of Culture and Information, started on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Saudi-Chinese relations, in the presence of Advisor and Supervisor of Domestic Information at the Ministry of Culture and Information Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Hazza, and Chinese Vice Minister of Culture and Information Chao Sao Hu.

In a speech on behalf of the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Muhaydin Khoja, Al-Hazza conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, and the Second Deputy Premier to Chinese leadership and people, wishing them steady progress and prosperity and wishing development and progress for bilateral relations.

He reviewed the visits of the leaders of both countries, pointing out that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, visited China for the first time in 1998, when he was then the Crown Prince; Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1999, the first visit of the Chinese President to the Kingdom; the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques paid a second visit to China in 2006; and Crown Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, visited Beijing in 2000.

He looked forward to seeing a Chinese similar cultural event in the Kingdom.

On her part, the Chinese Vice Minister of Culture and Information expressed her pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of Saudi Cultural Days in China, and to express deep historical bilateral relations between the two countries, noting that cultural exchanges between China and the Kingdom, have been part of the Chinese Government's interest in the promotion of Chinese-Arab relations in general.

Activities of the Saudi Cultural Days, to be organized by the Ministry of Culture and Information, will start at Chinese Culture Center in Beijing on Wednesday, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Saudi-Chinese relations.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Advisor and Supervisor of Domestic Information at Ministry of Culture and Information Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Hazza said these events come within the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Information, for promotion of cultural contacts and civilization between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the friendly peoples around the world.

In this context, Al-Hazza noted that the Ministry will work through activities of these cultural days to project Saudi Arabia's rich cultural heritage and its knowledge-based society.

Chinese Deputy Minister of Culture and Information, Zhao Shaohua expressed appreciation of Saudi endeavor to hold its cultural functions in Beijing, pointing out that these functions are going to put the Chinese so close to the Saudi friendly people's traditions and culture.

The Deputy Minister announced that the officials from the two sides began coordinating to hold Chinese cultural days in Riyadh, reciprocally, to achieve cultural exchange between the two peoples'.

On his part, the Saudi Ambassador to China, Eng. Yahya bin Abdulkarim Al-Yahiya hailed the Days which he described as bridgeheads for mutual Saudi-Chinese outreach.

In a press statement to SPA, Al-Yahiya said that expansion of Saudi-Chinese bilateral relations culminated in signing of 30 agreements with 13 Saudi universities, and that a forum for dialogue among the youth from both countries, will take place, shortly.

On the other hand, President of Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Dr. Bandar Al-Ayban expressed gratitude towards electing member of the Commission, Dr. Hadi bin Ali Al-Yami as member of an Arab human rights watchdog, Arab Human Rights Committee, which oversees abidance by Arab Charter of Human rights.

For his part, Dr. Al-Yami ascribed the occasion to the preponderance of the Kingdom and its compliance by that charter.

In London, Britain's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Alistair Pert described relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom as ideal.

In a press conference, the British Minister in charge of Middle East, North Africa and South Asian Affairs at the Foreign Office, explained that the relations between the two countries have strong pillars, pointing out to the convening of the Dialogue Forum between the two countries which is hosted alternately in the two countries.

He expected future meetings between British officials with their counterparts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia later this year.

He said the ministerial meeting he chaired in London tackled coordination between different British ministries to get-acquainted to best ways for upgrading relations between Britain and its partners in the GCC.

He confirmed that the British coalition government, led by David Cameron, has aspirations to upgrade the level of relations in the cultural, educational, defense, trade, investments and foreign policy fields.