Paris hosts ‘Saudi Cultural Days’ exhibition

'Saudi Cultural Days' to take place from April 9 to 11 in Paris. (Saudi Cultural Days)
Updated 09 April 2018

Paris hosts ‘Saudi Cultural Days’ exhibition

DUBA: Paris is set to host an exhibition titled the “Saudi Cultural Days” organized by France’s General Authority for Culture, which includes a three-day program highlighting the culture and arts scene in the Kingdom, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
The event will run from April 9-11 at the Tokyo Palace of Art in Paris, coinciding with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s royal visit.
The event will offer a variety of artistic and cultural activities, including cinematic performances and discussions held in the presence of artists and directors.
It also includes art exhibitions dealing with heritage and modern art and panel discussions with the artists.

Saudi FM says Israeli passport holders cannot visit kingdom

Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi FM says Israeli passport holders cannot visit kingdom

  • Said Israel policy unchanged
  • Israel on Sunday said that its citizens could now travel to Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia confirmed on Monday that Israeli passport holders were not permitted to enter the Kingdom.

Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the policy was unchanged despite Israel saying on Sunday that its citizens could now travel to Saudi Arabia.

“Our policy is fixed,” Prince Faisal told CNN. “We do not have relations with the state of Israel, and Israeli passport holders cannot visit the Kingdom at the current time.

“When a peace agreement is reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis, I believe the issue of Israel’s involvement in the region will be on the table.”

Analysts said the statements by both countries were significant as US President Donald Trump prepared to unveil his Middle East peace plan in Washington.

“Israel wanted to fool the Arabs, and to put Saudi Arabia in a difficult position, saying they had resolved the issue with the Kingdom and were ready for peace,” the Saudi political analyst Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri told Arab News.

“But the Kingdom is saying, ‘No, you cannot visit until there is a solution,’ and we will find out tomorrow if the Trump peace plan is that solution.”

The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, calling for normal Arab relations with Israel in return for its withdrawal from occupied land, was the benchmark, Al-Shehri said.

“If they are going to override the Arab Peace Initiative without a workable alternative, then of course the Kingdom will not establish diplomatic relations.”