Saudi Arabia’s crown prince praises ‘strong relationship’ with France in cable to Macron

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron give a joint press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 10, 2018. (AFP / POOL / YOAN VALAT)
Updated 11 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince praises ‘strong relationship’ with France in cable to Macron

  • Saudi Arabia, France issue joint statement after crown prince's visit
  • Statement said two countries share “common goal of achieving peace, stability and security” in Middle East

Paris: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has praised the strong relationship between his country and France after an official visit to the country, where he met with President Emmanuel Macron.

In a joint statement from Saudi Arabia and France, the two countries said they shared a “common goal of achieving peace, stability and security” in the Middle East, and that both countries had decided to open a “new and promising chapter” in their relationship.

The statement went on to say that both Saudi Arabia and France will work together to address the global challenges faced by the international community, including climate change and human development.

It added that Saudi Arabia and France are both committed to tackling the financing of terrorism, and both agree on the need to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

The joint statement also highlighted the fact that both countries are committed to finding a “political solution” to the ongoing situations in Yemen and Syria, and called for the world to hold accountable those involved in chemical attacks.

In a cable of thanks to President Macron, the crown prince said: “Our discussions have proved the strength of the relations between our two countries and the common desire to deepen our cooperation in all fields.”


Work begins on project to document all aspects of Saudi art and culture across the Kingdom

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Work begins on project to document all aspects of Saudi art and culture across the Kingdom

  • The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the Kingdom in terms of exhaustiveness and diversity

RIYADH: Work has started on an ambitious initiative to document all aspects of Saudi culture across the Kingdom’s 13 regions. With its “13/16” project, the Ministry of Culture aims to highlight the nation’s cultural diversity and rich heritage by constructing a record of all forms of local art and culture.

The project, which includes the establishment of a visual library of cultural activity recorded in photographs and videos, is believed to be the first of its kind in the Kingdom in terms of exhaustiveness and diversity.

Teams of researchers familiar with 16 identified aspects of Saudi culture will visit all 13 regions — hence the name of the project — to photograph and film artists and creators and their work. The art forms and cultural activities in each distinct society that will be documented include theater, music, film, performing arts, literature, visual arts, architectural design, heritage and language.

The ministry has drawn up a year-long research plan covering all Saudi regions. It will begin in Riyadh region and end in the Eastern Province, passing through Jizan, Makkah, Al-Jawf, the Northern Borders, Qassim, Hail, Asir, Al-Baha, Najran and Madinah along the way.
 

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