Danube Group to build on Saudi construction demand

RIYADH: As the billionaire founder and chairman of Danube Group, one of the Gulf’s most successful business conglomerates, Rizwan Sajan is a well-known name in the business circles of the Gulf countries, especially in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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King, Bashir discuss cooperation

RIYADH: Prospects for future Saudi-Sudan cooperation with special reference to key regional issues including Yemen were discussed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Sudanese President Omar Bashir here Wednesday.

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SR525bn investment to boost transport sector

RIYADH: As part of a comprehensive plan to expand its infrastructure, Saudi Arabia has decided to invest SR525 billion in the transport sector alone within the next 10 years, said Abdullatif Al-Othman, governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) on Tuesday.

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Yemen dialogue stresses Hadi’s legitimacy

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has lent all possible support to restore peace and security in war-torn Yemen and to reinstate the legitimate government in Sanaa, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said here on Sunday.

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King lauded for Yemen relief center

Saudi officials, scholars and Yemenis including President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi have praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for opening a relief center that would provide aid for the Yemeni people.

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Hollande first foreign leader to attend GCC summit

French President Francois Hollande will become the first foreign head of state to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Riyadh on Tuesday.

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King, Romanian PM discuss regional security, terrorism

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman met with Romanian Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta in Ryadh on Thursday to discuss regional security and terrorism issues, and aspects of bilateral cooperation in various fields. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for closer cooperation in education between the Kingdom and Romania was also signed during the meeting.

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Riyadh-Wellington trade, security ties see new zeal

Comprehensive talks focusing on bilateral ties with special reference to the GCC-New Zealand free trade agreement and regional conflicts such as in Yemen took place during a meeting between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday.

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Outgoing envoy lauds Saudi-India ties

Crown Prince Muqrin, deputy premier, bade farewell to the outgoing Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao on Monday, affirming the keen desire of the Kingdom and India to further accelerate cooperation in the fields of politics, trade, economy and culture.

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Romanian premier to discuss bilateral cooperation, Yemen

Romanian Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta will arrive here on Wednesday to hold talks with top officials in which he will outline the framework of a comprehensive political and economic cooperation.

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Bank AlJazira to open 60 world-class ‘Fawri’ money transfer centers

Fawri, a popular remittance wing of the leading bank of Saudi Arabia, Bank AlJazira (BAJ), has announced plans to open 60 model money transfer centers within next three years in an effort to maximize its reach among customers and to add new services to its portfolio.

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Expo Milan: Italian envoy seeks Saudi participation

The Italian Embassy held a reception here to promote ‘Expo Milan 2015,’ a high-profile international exhibition that the Italian city of Milan will host from May 1 to Oct. 31 this year.

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Education expo ‘to promote sustainable development’

Here is an opportunity for Saudi students and parents to interact directly with foreign universities and educational institutions, said Education Minister Dr Azzam Al-Dakhil on Wednesday.

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Prompt clearance for medical aid to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition has responded to the appeal of the International Committee of the Red Cross by giving prompt clearance to deliver life-saving medical aid into Yemen.

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Decisive Storm: US stepping up logistics support

Saudi Arabia and the US are working to broaden military cooperation as the Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm against Houthi militants in Yemen enters a second week, said reports from Washington on Wednesday.

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Land offensive cannot be ruled out: Al-Assiri

Saudi Arabia is ready to send reinforcements to its border if it perceives any threat from Houthis and ground offensive in Yemen cannot be ruled out, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at minister of defense’s office, said on Tuesday.

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Coalition: There will be no safe place for Houthis

Saudi-led coalition, that intensified aerial attacks on Houthis’ hideouts Sunday, has taken complete control of the Yemeni airspace after four days of airstrikes, said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, a consultant at the office of defense minister.

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World leaders reiterate support

American and European leaders reiterated their support for the Saudi-led coalition, and agreed to extend all technical and logistical help to contain the Houthis’ growing influence, and reinstate the legitimate government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Yemen. Similar sentiments of support were also echoed by Riyadh-based foreign diplomats on Saturday.

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Riyadh, Khartoum take stock of regional crises

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held wide-ranging talks with Sudanese President Omar Bashir to assess the progress of bilateral relations and to take stock of the crisis situations in the region, especially the conflict in Yemen.

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US missions resume consular services

The US diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia will resume full consular services on Sunday, following a weeklong closure amid reports of “heightened security concerns” against Western targets.

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Indonesia to boost trade, tourism links with Kingdom

Indonesia opened a trade and tourism center in Riyadh last week, as part of a plan to boost links in the commercial and tourism sectors. The move to open the center on the part of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, will advance its interests and bolster ties with Saudi Arabia in the fields of economy and tourism.

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Security fears: US shuts diplomatic missions

Operations at the US Embassy in Riyadh and its consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran have been halted in the wake of "heightened security concerns," it was announced on Sunday.

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Iran promoting terrorism, taking over Iraq: KSA

Iran’s belligerent policies, which are hampering all plans for restoring peace and security in the Middle East, came under fire during talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of the GCC states on Thursday.

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US to relocate staff in Yemen to Jeddah

The United States government has decided to temporarily relocate its Yemeni-based diplomatic staff to Jeddah.

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Riyadh, Seoul eye trade expansion

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called on Saudi and Korean businesspeople to diversify commercial cooperation with an emphasis on nuclear energy, renewable energy, education and health care.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan