Saudi crown prince oversees signing of agreements between KSA and US universities on Boston visit

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Saudi crown prince visits MIT in Boston.
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the IBM Watson Health office in Boston.
Updated 26 March 2018

Saudi crown prince oversees signing of agreements between KSA and US universities on Boston visit

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman oversaw the signing of several agreements between Saudi and US universities as he toured a number of Boston institutions on Saturday.

At least seven agreements were struck during the visit, including a cooperation between state energy giant Saudi Aramco and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of sustainable development in the energy sector.

The crown prince visited IBM Watson Health, which aims to empower advocates and influencers in the health care field, just one of his stops in the Massachusetts capital as he explores “areas of cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States,” the Saudi Embassy said in a tweet.

During the visit, the center’s Senior Vice President David Kenny briefed the crown prince on the potential applications of artificial intelligence in the health care field, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The crown prince also toured the biomechatronics lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where scientists work on technologies to restore function to individuals who have impaired mobility due to trauma or disease.

He also visited the Innovation Forum held at MIT, where he was briefed on the industrial innovations of Saudi universities and companies, and a selection of their technical products.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) displayed a biometric magnetic sensor for use in oil and gas exploration, and a project on smart cities and alternative energy use.

At the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology pavilion at MIT, four programs were presented, including the “Fast Innovation Track,” which seeks to establish an environment aiming to increase bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and the US.

There were also pavilions associated with Saudi companies including SABIC and Aramco.

At the nearby Harvard University, the crown prince met with Provost Alan Garber and faculty members.

They reviewed aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the university in a number of fields, especially in the areas of advanced research of entrepreneurship, systems engineering and the development of education methods to cope with new challenges.

The crown prince also met with the heads of other major universities, colleges and institutes.

The meetings and visits were attended by Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi ambassador to the US, and the crown prince’s official accompanying delegation.

The crown prince is on a multi-city tour of the US, in a trip highlighting the ties between the longstanding allies.

He met US President Donald Trump on Tuesday and delivered a keynote speech at a gala function in Washington on Thursday, where he said the KSA-US relationship was one built on trust and strategic partnership.

Crown Prince Mohammed has met with US dignitaries during his visit, including Vice President Mike Pence and US Congress leaders as well as some of the heads of the largest corporations in America.

AGREEMENTS SIGNED IN BOSTON

A number of cooperation agreements were signed in the technical and research fields during the Saudi crown prince’s visit to Boston:

- Agreement between Saudi Aramco and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of the sustainable development in the energy sector.

- Agreement between SABIC and MIT in the field of pyrolysis research of natural gas.

- Agreement between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and MIT to establish a research center in complex engineering systems.

- A cooperation between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Brigham Women’s Hospital in the field of biomedicine.

- Partnership between KACST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Research Product Development Company to establish a vaccine and biotech production center at KAUST.

- The creation of an “Ibn Khaldun Fellowship” between MIT and KACST.

- Agreement between GE Healthcare and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies to establish a center for biologics manufacturing and vaccine development in order to supply equipment and develop treatments for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).


Saudi Arabia says Jeddah fuel tank blast caused by ‘Houthi terrorist missile’

Updated 24 November 2020

Saudi Arabia says Jeddah fuel tank blast caused by ‘Houthi terrorist missile’

  • Energy ministry says blast was result of 'a terrorist attack with a projectile'
  • The Arab coalition says those responsible would be held to account

RIYADH: A missile fired by Houthi militants in Yemen sparked an  explosion and fire at a fuel distribution site near Jeddah on Monday.

The blast took place at 3.50 a.m. and causing a fire in a fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution station, north of the city, Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry said. 

The blast was the result of “a terrorist attack with a projectile,” the ministry said.

Firefighting teams managed to extinguish the blaze, and no injuries or loss of life occurred as a result of this attack.

Saudi Aramco’s supply of fuel to its customers was not affected.

The Arab coalition fighting to restore the internationally recognised government in Yemen said those responsible would be held to account. 

“The terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia has been positively identified as the culprits of this cowardly terrorist assault,” coalition spokesman Brig.-Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said. 

The attack, he said, was not just an attack on Saudi Arabia’s national assets, “but on the core of the global economy and its supply routes, as well as the security of global energy.”

He said the attack was a continuation of attacks on other oil facilities in the Kingdom, including a cruise missile and drone assault in Abqaiq and Khurais last year. Those attacks were initially claimed by the Houthis, although evidence suggested they came direct from Iran.

“Substantiated evidence proved the direct involvement of the Iranian regime in those terrorist assaults using Iranian-made advanced conventional weapons,” Al-Maliki said.

He said the coalition would act to safeguard civilians and civilian infrastructure. 

“All terrorist elements who participated in plotting and executing these hostile, terrorist operations against civilians and civilian objects will be held accountable in accordance with the Customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has also condemned the attack Jeddah’s fuel facility, saying it supports any measures by Saudi Arabia to protect its security.

The UAE also condemned the attack, saying it is evidence that Houthis are seeking to undermine the stability of the region.

The Yemeni foreign ministry also said the terror attack proves the Houthis' “lack of seriousness towards peace.” 

The Arab League also denounced the “cowardly terrorist attack” that targeted the fuel distribution station in Jeddah.