DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi-Nepalese investment plans top agenda at high-level meeting in Riyadh

Saudi-Nepalese Parliamentary Friendship Committee explores ways to strengthen bilateral relations. (SPA)
Updated 28 March 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi-Nepalese investment plans top agenda at high-level meeting in Riyadh

RIYADH: The potential for Saudi-Nepalese investment in tourism, energy and information technology were highlighted during a meeting on boosting cooperation between the two countries. 

Exploring ways to strengthen bilateral relations were top of the agenda when Nepalese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput met with the Shoura Council’s Saudi-Nepalese Parliamentary Friendship Committee chairman, Abdullah bin Hamoud Al-Harbi.

Rajput told Arab News on Tuesday: “The main purpose of our meeting was to enhance the relationship between the two friendly countries through the parliamentary friendship committee.

“During the meeting, besides parliamentary diplomacy, we discussed the good relations that our two countries have, and various issues of mutual interest in order to enhance bilateral cooperation.”

The envoy said there were numerous areas where the two countries could work together, and he pointed to the potential for joint investment in the sectors of tourism, infrastructure, hydropower and information technology.

Rajput noted that Nepal was a logistical hub for mountaineers looking to climb the world-famous Himalayan peaks, which includes Mount Everest.

“To make our relationship more productive, mutual visits by parliamentarians of the two countries would be most helpful,” added the ambassador.

Al-Harbi and Rajput stressed the important role played by the friendship committees of the two countries in exploring wider horizons of cooperation.

The “very positive” meeting also reviewed a number of issues of common interest, said Rajput.

Nepal and Saudi Arabia have been forging closer bonds since the establishment of diplomatic relations on March 15, 1977. Economic cooperation between the two nations began the following year when Nepal opened its embassy in Jeddah.

Thought leaders urge united action to fight global problems

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Thought leaders urge united action to fight global problems

  • ‘Think 20’ summit hosted in Riyadh calls for greater international collaboration in face of pandemic and climate change

RIYADH: Global thought leaders urged the international community on Saturday to join together to find research-based solutions to the unprecedented crises created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Riyadh-hosted Think 20 (T20) summit brought together think tanks, civil society organizations and international institutions to share ideas on how to build a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive world.

The T20 is the “intellectual backbone” of the G20, the world’s most powerful nations under the presidency this year of Saudi Arabia. 

The past year proved the T20’s work was needed now more than ever, said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown once again how a single nation’s problem can become a global problem,” he said.

Dr. Fahad Al-Turki, the T20 chair and vice president of research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, called for global joint action to fight the pandemic.

“These are unprecedented times that call for unprecedented collective action. The COVID-19 pandemic has reconfirmed what was already established — health is a global public good and it can only be achieved by effective collaboration,” he said.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said no country was an island in today’s interconnected world.“Our biggest challenges remain intrinsically global,” he said. 

He called for a return to multilateral cooperation to combat both the pandemic and climate change.

Recommendations in the T20 communiqué will be presented on the final day of the meeting on Sunday before the G20 leaders’ summit on Nov. 21-22.