Tunisian president receives Saudi Fund for Development chief

President Kais Saied (right) received Saudi Saudi Fund for Development chief Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Murshed and Saudi Ambassador Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Saqr at Carthage Palace in Tunis on Feb. 11, 2022. (SPA)
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Updated 12 February 2022
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Tunisian president receives Saudi Fund for Development chief

  • SFD chief Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Murshed also met with PM Najla Bouden and Al-Murshed to discuss the fund's projects for Tunisia

TUNIS: The president of Tunisia has expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia for its support through the Saudi Fund for Development. 

President Kais Saied was speaking during a meeting with the CEO of the fund, Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Murshed, at Carthage Palace in Tunis. 
Saied praised the work of the fund and expressed his thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Saqr, the Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, was also at the meeting, which was held to discuss the development of closer Saudi-Tunisian ties, particularly with regard to projects under the SFD’s supervision. 
Al-Saqr noted the good relationship between the two countries and thanked Saied for receiving the SFD delegation. 
The ambassador was also present at a meeting between Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden and Al-Murshed at government headquarters in Tunis. 
The two sides looked at ways to strengthen economic partnerships, and discussed a number of current and future projects developed through the SFD. 
Bouden also expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Saudi king and the crown prince for their continued support for Tunisia. 
Al-Saqr further stressed that this support from the Saudi wise leadership is proof of the depth of the relationship between the two brotherly countries.
The two parties explored ways to strengthen economic partnerships and discussed several current and future development projects between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia through the SFD.
 

 


Saudi Shoura Council delegation arrives in Bahrain for official visit

Updated 15 July 2024
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Saudi Shoura Council delegation arrives in Bahrain for official visit

  • Visit will include the signing of a MoU aimed at developing parliamentary cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh is leading a delegation on an official visit to Bahrain, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

During the visit, Sheikh Abdullah will hold a meeting with Ahmed bin Salman Al-Musallam, speaker of Bahrain’s Council of Representatives.

He will also meet Ali Bin Saleh Al-Saleh, chairman of the Bahraini Shoura Council, as well as other senior officials from the country.

It is believed that Sheikh Abdullah’s visit will include the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Shoura Council and the Bahraini House of Representatives aimed at developing parliamentary cooperation.

Sheikh Abdullah said the visit is driven by the Kingdom’s commitment, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to foster cooperation and coordination for the benefit and prosperity of both nations and their peoples, and to strengthen and unify Gulf ties.

Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the deep-rooted fraternal relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, adding that the close ties between the two countries in local, regional and international areas served as an example to be followed.

He pointed to the importance of the visit in activating parliamentary friendship committees, which significantly enhance coordination between the councils.
 


SFDA fines facility for changing expiration dates

Updated 15 July 2024
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SFDA fines facility for changing expiration dates

  • SFDA visited a warehouse and found the violating food items, in addition to the tools and labels used to change the expiration dates
  • All poultry and meat items were seized and destroyed and the facility was fined SR500,000

RIYADH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority has seized around 4 tonnes of expired poultry with tampered expiration dates. It also seized poultry and meat from an unknown source in a warehouse in Riyadh, kept to sell and circulate through food stores and markets.

The authority said that while carrying out its inspection tours on food products and facilities, it visited a warehouse and found the violating food items, in addition to the tools and labels used to change the expiration dates.

All poultry and meat items were seized and destroyed and the facility was fined SR500,000 ($133,000) for violating Article 16 of the Food Law, which stipulates that food shall not be handled if “it is adulterated, involves deceptive methods, means or otherwise practices that may mislead the consumers.”

The Saudi aurhotities have called on consumers to report violations of the facilities under its supervision, by calling the unified number (19999), or through its “Tameni” application.


Harvesting season fuels Madinah Date Market

Updated 15 July 2024
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Harvesting season fuels Madinah Date Market

  • Harvesting of date palms begins in the first quarter of June every year across 29,000 farms in the region
  • Market is characterized by the variety of types of fresh dates on offer, which are famous in Madinah and its governorates

MADINAH: The central Madinah Date Market is witnessing an uptick in activity as the fruit’s harvesting season in Saudi Arabia continues apace.

The harvesting of date palms begins in the first quarter of June every year across 29,000 farms in the region.

The market is characterized by the variety of types of fresh dates on offer, which are famous in Madinah and its governorates, including Routhana, Rabia, Halia, Suwaidaa, Halwa, Lona Musaid and others.

High temperatures affect the speed of ripening at the first stage of the harvesting process, which continues until the end of July. Following that, the date harvesting process begins, lasting until the end of August, when farmers start displaying their dates in the market. Varieties include Ajwa, Safawi, Amber, Medjool, Barhi, and others.

The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture has intensified inspection activities to monitor the operational status of the central date market, to ensure technical and health requirements are met and to verify the quality of produce.

This contributes to exports of dates and their products, and highlights the palm and date sector as one of the main agricultural production sectors in the Kingdom, in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.


Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack on cafe in Mogadishu

People look at the destruction at a cafe in Mogadishu on July 15, 2024 following a car bomb blast.
Updated 15 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack on cafe in Mogadishu

  • Car bomb exploded outside cafe in Mogadishu on Sunday night, killing nine and injuring 20 as patrons were watching the final of the Euro 2024 football tournament

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned and denounced on Monday a terrorist attack targeting a cafe in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday that killed nine people.

A car bomb exploded outside the cafe in Mogadishu on Sunday night, killing nine and injuring 20 as patrons were watching the final of the Euro 2024 football tournament on TV.

The Kingdom affirmed its support for the government and people of Somalia, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Kingdom also expressed its sincere condolences to the families of victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.


Saudi Arabia invests $46m on cutting-edge veterinary lab

Updated 15 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia invests $46m on cutting-edge veterinary lab

  • Laboratory will conduct disease diagnosis as well as vaccine development and localization in the Middle East
  • Lab is part of the Kingdom’s initiative to develop and produce veterinary vaccines for local disease strains

RIYADH: A state-of-the-art veterinary laboratory will be built in Riyadh to develop local vaccines against animal diseases.

A contract worth more than SR175 million ($46.6 million) was signed by Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli to establish the site.

The laboratory will conduct disease diagnosis as well as vaccine development and localization in the Middle East, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The contract was awarded to a specialized national company. The lab is part of the Kingdom’s initiative to develop and produce veterinary vaccines for local disease strains.

It will serve as a hub for monitoring and controlling the spread of animal diseases, conducting specialized laboratory tests and identifying disease causes through DNA sequencing.

Scientists will develop Saudi-specific vaccines from local microbial strains, boosting the production of local vaccines and conducting applied research that benefits the Kingdom’s animal wealth and health sectors. This includes monitoring and updating standard methods for detecting animal diseases in line with the standards set by the International Organization for Animal Health.

According to the SPA, the facility will spearhead the development of cutting-edge vaccines derived from local disease strains, offering higher immune responses compared to global strains. The move toward localizing veterinary vaccine production will enhance the Kingdom’s ability to control and eliminate local diseases, thereby safeguarding its livestock wealth.

The ministry said that the project aligns with its efforts to develop the animal wealth sector and protect public health by combating zoonotic diseases and cross-species pathogens.

The laboratory will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by highly qualified specialists, the SPA reported.