Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif signs cooperation agreement with Kazakh interior minister

Governor of Makkah sponsors 4th Okaz Cultural Festival inauguration ceremony

Bahrain’s prime minister hails Saudi Arabia’s regional, international role

China’s ambassador in Riyadh praises Saudi Arabia’s participation in Expo event

International organizations praise Saudi Arabia’s aid to flood-hit Pakistan

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, and Kazakhstan's Minister of Interior Sirik Vymganpitov, held talks at Jeddah Conferences Palace this evening.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz welcomed the Kazakh senior guest and his accompanying delegation, wishing them a good stay in the Kingdom.

He lauded the instructions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the President of Kazakhstan Noor Sultan Nizar Bayev to further bolster bilateral relations between the two countries.

He explained the intellectual origins of terrorism, its goals and means, vowing that Saudi Arabia is able to crush them and stressing the need for international cooperation to get the financial and logistic upstream of terror depleted. In particular, he called on the United States and the European Union countries to work hard for wiping out the bases of terror.

He added that Saudi Arabia has opened doors of cooperation with all the peace-loving world to work against terrorism.

Giving a brief account on terror war in the Kingdom, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior said Saudi Arabia was subject to around ten terror operations while its security authorities foiled more than 220 attempts and arrested their masterminds.

In this regard, he expressed readiness of the Kingdom to cooperate with Kazakhstan in the benefit of their two peoples and countries.

For his part, Kazakhstan's Minister of Interior thanked the Kingdom's government and people for warm welcome and generous hospitality, vowing that his country would show more than expected cooperation with the Kingdom in all fields.

Then issues of mutual concern between the two countries were discussed.

The talks were attended by the Saudi and Kazakh official delegations.

Later, prince Naif bin Abdulaziz and the Kazakh senior guest signed an agreement between the two countries on fighting terrorism, organized crime, illegal drugs and mental effects trade.

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, other senior Saudi officials and the Kazakhstan's accompanying delegation were present at the agreement signing ceremony.

Meanwhile, Prince Khalid Alfaisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Supreme Supervisory Committee of Okaz Souk Festival, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his support for holding Okaz Souk Festival in its historically known place.

In a press conference after receiving the guests of the festival, he also thanked Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for supporting the festival.

Prince Khalid Alfaisal highlighted the cultural role of Okaz Souk Festival in promoting poetry and said it is not a repeat of Aljnadreyah Festival.

In Manama, Bahrain's Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said that Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud has achieved gigantic and remarkable leaps forward in development and progress.

'Riyadh's support for Arab and Islamic issues made Saudi Arabia a major pillar of global security and stability system,' he said.

Addressing a reception party held by Saudi Embassy on the 80th anniversary of the National Day of Saudi Arabia, he praised the political and economic position of Saudi Arabia at regional and international arenas, thanks to the wise policy pursued by Saudi Arabia since its foundation by the late King Abdulaziz Ibn Abdulrahman Al Saud until the prosperous era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud.

On his part, Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain Dr. Abdulmohsen Bin Fahd Al-Mark expressed his thanks to the Prime Minister of Bahrain, indicating that his attendance at the party reflects excellent and distinguished relations between the two countries, wishing Bahrain further progress and prosperity.

On the other hand, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yang Honglin has described Kingdom's participation in World Expo Shanghai 2010 as 'effective and distinguished.'

'The Saudi pavilion at the venue of the Expo, has been admired by visitors from all over the world, particularly Chinese visitors,' he noted.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that the Kingdom's participation in the Expo is a comprehensive one and gives a clear picture of the Kingdom, its cultural richness, and economic and cultural factors that have gained the Kingdom its important position at the international arena.

The Chinese Ambassador said that the Saudi pavilion comes as the second largest one in terms of area coverage after the Chinese pavilion, noting that as many as 246 states or international organizations, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are participating in the Exhibition, which has so far attracted 55 million visitors, and their number is expected to reach 70 million visitors until the end of the Exhibition on October 31.

The Chinese ambassador considered relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China as a model one that should be pursued in forging stronger relations between China and Arab countries, indicating that strategic and friendly relations between Riyadh and Beijing have witnessed a rapid growth over 20 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

As for trade relations between the two countries, the Chinese Ambassador said that the Kingdom is the biggest trading partner of China in Western Asia and Africa.

He disclosed that the volume of trade exchange between China and Saudi Arabia amounted to $ 32.6 billion in 2009, and the volume of bilateral trade in the first five months of this year amounted to $16.32 billion, an increase of 59.5 % from the same period last year. 'Moreover, China imported from the Kingdom 41.95 million tons of crude oil in 2009, and it is expected that the volume of imported crude oil from the Kingdom will reach 50 million tons by the end of this year.'

With regard to infrastructure projects, the Chinese Ambassador said that according to the latest statistics, the number of Chinese companies registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia now totaled 72 companies. 'Currently, there are more than 40,000, Chinese workers who are engaged in various domains.'

He also disclosed that in the first half of the current year, 27 new projects worth about $ 2.1 billion were signed, adding that the number of projects under construction by Chinese companies amounted to 81 worth $ 10.71 billion.

Meanwhile, the International Organization for Civil Protection and Civil Defense hailed aid by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to victims of floods in Pakistan.

Secretary General of the International Organization for Civil Protection Nawaf Alslaibi expressed the organization's thanks to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the aid to Pakistan.