Crown prince, Iraqi PM hold talks in Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 18 April 2019

Crown prince, Iraqi PM hold talks in Riyadh

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

They discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest, after which they held official talks in the presence of delegations from both countries.

The crown prince commended the distinguished relations between the two countries, while Abdul Mahdi expressed his happiness at visiting Saudi Arabia and meeting with the king and crown prince.

During the official talks, they reviewed bilateral relations and cooperation, as well as the latest regional developments.

Earlier, Abdul Mahdi held talks with King Salman, who said he was keen to enhance cooperation between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Abdul Mahdi said he was hoping to develop “areas of bilateral cooperation.” 

In a statement on his Facebook account, he said his visit to Saudi Arabia “symbolizes the Iraqi government’s vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields.”

The two countries signed 12 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries, covering many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultations.


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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