Israeli Knesset Receives Emirati Delegation

Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
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Israeli Knesset Receives Emirati Delegation

Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)

The Israeli Knesset hosted on Monday an Emirati parliamentary delegation for the first time in its history.

The delegation was chaired by head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Ali al-Nuaimi and included lawmakers Sara Falaknaz and Marwan al-Muhairi, and UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed al-Khaja.

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy received the delegation and extended an invitation to his Emirati counterpart to visit Israel.

"Welcome to Jerusalem, the city that is sacred to all sons of Abraham. It is a great honor to host you," Levy said.

Levy discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he supports the two-state solution, adding: "I lost two of my brothers. No more."

"Both sides must understand that none of us are going anywhere," noted the Speaker, calling for the unification of all moderates of the region in the face of extremists.

During a meeting with the UAE lawmakers at his office, Levy addressed the Iranian threat saying: "I doubt Iran would be willing to sign any sort of agreement" - a reference to the peace accord signed between Israel and the UAE.

During their visit to the Knesset, the members of the UAE delegation also met with the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, chaired by MP Ram Ben Barak, and with the Israel-United Arab Emirates Parliamentary Friendship Group, chaired by MPs Merav Ben Ari and Eli Cohen.

The meeting with the Emirati delegation was held behind closed doors, but the media was allowed to cover the opening speeches.

Ben Barak described the Abraham Accords as a "significant milestone in advancing peace, tolerance, and cooperation between Israel and the United Arab Emirates."

He stated that there is a misconception that the normalization accords are based solely on one dimension of shared challenges and threats, but that is the smallest part of the agreement.

"Israel is committed to the agreement and intends to intensify and broaden it in all fields: economy, trade, science, innovation, agriculture, water, energy, education, and tourism."

He warned that extremism is the source of evil in the world, and "we must work to support the moderates and the dialogue between peoples through peace and tolerance."

Ben Barak concluded by saying there are many areas of shared interest in which Israel and UAE can work together, and "we must deepen our security and intelligence ties to benefit peace and success for both our peoples. You are our neighbors; you are our brothers and sisters. We are pleased by your visit."

For his part, Nuaimi said it is imperative to view the relationship between the UAE and Israel and the Abraham Accords with an inclusive perspective.

"We want you to look at the big picture. It's not only a political agreement; it's not an issue related to security and defense; it is an agent of change for the whole region."

The official asserted that the UAE wants full engagement with Israel in all sectors, with all stakeholders, to promote peace, security, stability, and prosperity in the region.

"We believe that our region has suffered a lot, and it's time that we take the lead ourselves in creating a better future for the new generation."

Nuaimi warned that nothing would happen if "we keep doing things as we used to do in the last thirty or forty years... This is why our leadership had the courage to make such a decision."

He recalled the conference in Dubai about investment between Israeli and Emirati businessmen, which was held last June when he was asked to give a speech at the meeting.

Nuaimi stated that the conference took place after the Gaza war, and people were questioning what would happen with the Abraham Accords.

The Emirati official asserted that there is no way back, adding: "We are not repeating history, we are writing history. We want not only to change the relations between the UAE and Israel; we want to change the whole region, and we also want the world to look at us from a different angle."

Nuaimi stated that Emirati leadership is a very dynamic leadership.

"We walk the talk; we think outside the box; we always push the boundaries. In many countries, it takes a month or a year to do things, but our leadership gives you an instruction today, and tomorrow they ask you, what have you done?"



Saudi Arabia: Attack on Gaza Greatly Damaged Credibility of Int’l Community 

Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)
Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Attack on Gaza Greatly Damaged Credibility of Int’l Community 

Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)
Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)

Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya underlined on Tuesday the Kingdom’s firm position for the need to bolster international cooperation to ban all forms of weapons of mass destruction and prevent their proliferation.

He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s call to transform the Middle East into a region free of these weapons.

He made his remarks during his participation in the 28th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CSP-28) in The Hague.

He underlined Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation of Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip and its violation of the very essence of the international system and its legal foundations.

He said the attack greatly damaged the international community’s credibility and left a deep wound in humanity and its faith in an international community that is ruled by law.

This therefore demands an immediate ceasefire and the need to tackle the humanitarian catastrophe, Al-Atiya went on to say.

Moreover, he said no signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention should be allowed to shirk its responsibility towards its obligations. Israel is a signatory of the agreement, but it has not ratified it.

Israel doesn’t have the right to hide behind its signature. This does not exempt it from its responsibility in any violation, added the envoy.

He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of the calls for the forced displacement of the Palestinian people from Gaza. He renewed its condemnation of the continued attacks against innocent civilians there, stressing the need to open safe corridors immediately and deliver humanitarian aid to the people.


Saudi Crown Prince, Brazilian President Hold Talks, Witness Signing of Bilateral MoU

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince, Brazilian President Hold Talks, Witness Signing of Bilateral MoU

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace, SPA said on Tuesday.
An official welcome ceremony was held for the Brazilian president.
The Crown Prince extended a warm welcome to the Brazilian President at the beginning of their meeting and wished him and his accompanying delegation a pleasant stay.
The Brazilian president expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the warm hospitality and gracious reception received.
The two men reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federative Republic of Brazil and discussed joint coordination to enhance cooperation in various fields.
They explored promising investment opportunities in both nations to serve mutual interests. They also addressed the regional and international developments, as well as issues of common interest and the efforts directed towards them.
Attending the talks were Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy; Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Cabinet Member; Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Sports; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard; and Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense.
The meeting was also attended by the Saudi Minister of State, Cabinet's Member and National Security Advisor, Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of Commerce, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi; Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli; Minister of Investment, Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih; Minister of Finance, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan; and the Saudi Ambassador to Brazil, Faisal bin Ibrahim Ghulam.
From the Brazilian side, the attendees included President of the National Congress Rodrigo Otavio Soares Pacheco; Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office Rui Costa; Minister of Finance Fernando Haddad; Minister of Ports and Airports Silvio Costa Filho; Minister of Agriculture Carlos Favaro; Minister of Mines and Energy Alexandre Silveira; and various other senior Brazilian officials.
Afterwards, the Crown Prince and the Brazilian President witnessed the signing ceremony of a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of energy between the Saudi Ministry of Energy and the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy.
Prince Abdulaziz signed the MoU from the Saudi side while Silveira signed from the Brazilian side.


Saudi Arabia Stresses Need for Comprehensive End to All Military Operations in Gaza 

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Stresses Need for Comprehensive End to All Military Operations in Gaza 

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

The Saudi government underlined on Tuesday the remarks by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, at the Extraordinary Joint Meeting of BRICS Leaders and leaders of invited BRICS members on the situation in the Middle East, with particular focus on Gaza.

Crown Prince Mohammed had called for a complete halt of military operations in Gaza and stressed the need to protect civilians.

He also reiterated the Kingdom's unyielding stance that the only way to achieve security and stability was through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Riyadh.

The ministers were briefed on the telephone call Crown Prince Mohammed received from the Ukrainian president earlier this week. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between their countries. Saudi Arabia underscored its keenness on and support to international efforts aimed at reaching a political solution to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

The cabinet reviewed the outcomes of the Kingdom’s participation in several international meetings and events as part of its efforts to “bolster solidarity between brothers and cooperation between friends,” reported the Saudi Press Agency.

After the meeting, Media Minister Salman Al-Dosary said the cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment, made during the G20 virtual meeting under India's presidency, to continue its comprehensive efforts to address climate change.

It reiterated its commitment to prioritize implementing the joint framework for addressing debts in a way that highlights interest in deepening international cooperation in various fields and reaching tangible solutions to support the global economy.

The cabinet reviewed the outcomes of the Fifth Arab Water Conference held in Riyadh, highlighting the Kingdom's proactive role in addressing water challenges at both the regional and international levels. This includes the initiative to establish the Global Water Organization and the development of technological solutions to achieve sustainable water security.


Saudi Arabia and US Strengthen Partnership in Research, Development and Innovation

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.
The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.
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Saudi Arabia and US Strengthen Partnership in Research, Development and Innovation

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.
The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha , met with the Director of the US National Science Foundation, to discuss the partnership between the two sides and empowering innovative scientists and researchers in priority fields, SPA said on Wednesday.
This came during Eng. Al-Swaha's current visit to the United States of America.
Al-Swaha also met with the Director of the National Institute of Health, to discuss research projects and innovative solutions in the field of health.
Discussions also focused on the promotion of innovations to serve humanity by finding urgent solutions for the global health challenges in line with the national priorities for research, development and innovation announced by Saudi Arabia.


Gulf Countries Congratulate King Salman on Saudi Arabia’s Winning Bid to Host Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
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Gulf Countries Congratulate King Salman on Saudi Arabia’s Winning Bid to Host Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

Gulf countries and organizations congratulated on Tuesday Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saudi Arabia winning its bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh. 

Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a message of congratulations to King Salman on the occasion. 

Sheikh Mishal stressed that this distinguished achievement is a source of pride and honor for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries and the sisterly Arab countries.  

It symbolizes the great confidence of the international community in the competence of the Kingdom and its great capabilities in organizing international events and hosting the World Expo, he added.  

He wished for King Salman continued health, hoping he will achieve all progress and prosperity for the Kingdom and its honorable people under the wise leadership.  

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah also sent King Salman a similar cable on the occasion. 

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Deputy Emir Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani, and Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani also congratulated King Salman on the winning bid. 

In a cable to King Salman, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa described the success as an embodiment of the Kingdom’s significant international standing. 

It is the latest in the series of achievements it has accomplished in all fields, he added. 

King Hamad praised the close historical and fraternal relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and their brotherly peoples and the high level they have reached in all fields. 

He wished the Kingdom and its people continued progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. 

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa sent a similar cable to King Salman and another to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. 

Oman congratulated Saudi Arabia on its victory in hosting Expo 2030 in the city of Riyadh. 

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it expressed its full confidence in the capabilities of the Kingdom in organizing Expo 2030 in a way that will bring more benefits to the entire region and elevate the status of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and their attractiveness in hosting major international events. 

GCC Secretary General Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed on Riyadh’s successful bid. 

He stressed that the win is a great indication of the Kingdom's distinguished international standing, high ability and professionalism in organizing such global events. 

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Hussein Ibrahim Taha echoed Albudaiwi’s remarks, adding that the success was the result of relentless and intense efforts by the Saudi leadership. 

He wished Saudi Arabia further success, stating that selecting Riyadh to host the World Expo is a triumph not only for the Kingdom but the entire Islamic world. 

The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) congratulated the Kingdom on its successful bid. 

ICESCO Director-General Dr. Salim M. Al-Malik said the victory is the latest achievement by the Kingdom under the wise leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed. 

He added that the event embodies the success of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which includes among its ambitious goals transforming Riyadh into one of the top 10 cities in the world. 

Riyadh’s hosting of this global event is an opportunity to highlight Islamic culture and its contributions to human civilization throughout history, he remarked. 

Arab Parliament Speaker Adel Al-Asoomi congratulated Saudi Arabia on the winning bid. 

The achievement reflects the progress made under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed, which under their guidance, has steered the march of comprehensive development across various sectors, he noted. 

In a statement, the Arab Parliament described the hosting of Expo 2030 as a significant Arab achievement that enhances the Kingdom’s position as a leading global destination in the fields of trade, culture, and development. 


Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates King Salman on Riyadh’s Win to Host World Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
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Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates King Salman on Riyadh’s Win to Host World Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, extended on Tuesday congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Saudi Arabia winning the bid to host the World Expo 2030 in Riyadh.

This momentous announcement was made on Tuesday by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which designated the Kingdom as the host for this global event, scheduled to take place from October 2030 until March 2031.

Expressing gratitude to the nations that supported the Kingdom's bid, as well as to the two competing countries, the Crown Prince said: "The Kingdom's selection as the host of the World Expo 2030 underlines its influential and leading role, and the international confidence it enjoys. Saudi Arabia has become an ideal destination for hosting major international events, including the esteemed World Expo."

Reaffirming the Kingdom's commitment to holding an extraordinary and unparalleled edition of the World Expo, Crown Prince Mohammed emphasized the importance of being an active and positive role model in the drive to shape a brighter future for humanity. The Expo is bound to provide a global platform that leverages cutting-edge technologies and brings together the brightest minds to capitalize on opportunities and address the challenges that the planet faces today.

"The World Expo 2030 coincides with a crucial year for the realization of the goals and plans outlined in Saudi Vision 2030," stated the Crown Prince.

"This Expo represents a remarkable opportunity to share with the world the lessons learned from our unprecedented journey of transformation."

Crown Prince Mohammed stressed Riyadh’s readiness to welcome the world at Expo 2030, and the fact that it will fulfill the obligations stipulated in the bid with the aim of achieving the main theme of the expo, “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”, and its sub-topics: “A Different Tomorrow”, “Climate Action” and “Prosperity for All”.

Riyadh is the capital of a country that enjoys a strategic and important geographical location. The country acts as an important bridge linking continents, which makes it an attractive destination for the most prominent international forums, global investments and visits, and a gateway to the world.

Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Riyadh has received great direct support from the Crown Prince ever since it announced on October 29, 2021 that it had submitted an official application to BIE, the organizing body for the World Expo.

BIE announced that the Kingdom will be hosting the exhibition after a secret ballot cast during the 173rd General Assembly of BIE in Paris.

The Kingdom’s bid received 119 votes from member states. Two other cities competed alongside Riyadh: Busan, in South Korea, and Rome, in Italy.

Held since 1851, World Expos is the largest global platform for presenting the latest achievements and technologies, promoting international cooperation in economic development, trade, arts and culture, and disseminating science and technology.


Saudi Arabia to Host Expo 2030 in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)
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Saudi Arabia to Host Expo 2030 in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair, the vote results from 182 members of the Bureau International des Expositions showed on Tuesday.

South Korea's Busan and Italy's Rome were also in the running to host the world fair, a five-yearly event that attracts millions of visitors and billions of dollars in investment.  

Riyadh was picked by a majority of 119 out of 165 votes. Busan won 29 and Rome 17.

During a presentation of the Riyadh file, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah underlined the Kingdom’s commitment to host the global event and offer an extraordinary edition of the world fair.

The expo, held under the theme “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”, will focus on sustainable development goals and launch a number of solutions for the advancement of mankind, he added.  

The Saudi delegation at the presentation said the expo will focus on achieving “a better tomorrow,” “climate work” and “prosperity for all,” to form a cohesive framework to tackle common global challenges in the economy, environment, geo-political, social and technological spheres.  

A budget of 7.8 billion dollars has been allocated to hold the expo.  

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, had underscored the Kingdom’s determination to offer an exceptional and unprecedented edition of the expo as it seeks to develop Riyadh into one of the world’s top ten cities - in line with Vision 2030 – in terms of its economy, quality of life and competitiveness along with other factors.

The Saudi capital has proposed to host the event between October 2030 and March 2031.

The World Expo has a storied history of bringing together nations to showcase technological innovations and cultural achievements. Since the inaugural event in 1851, Expos have been platforms for introducing groundbreaking inventions such as the light bulb, the Ferris wheel and the Eiffel Tower itself, which was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.

These events have evolved to not only be celebrations of human ingenuity, but also opportunities for host cities to catalyze economic growth and global recognition.


Arab Parliament Welcomes Humanitarian Truce Extension in Gaza

Palestinians inspect the destruction caused by Israeli strikes in Wadi Gaza, in the central Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023, amid a truce in battles between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
Palestinians inspect the destruction caused by Israeli strikes in Wadi Gaza, in the central Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023, amid a truce in battles between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
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Arab Parliament Welcomes Humanitarian Truce Extension in Gaza

Palestinians inspect the destruction caused by Israeli strikes in Wadi Gaza, in the central Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023, amid a truce in battles between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
Palestinians inspect the destruction caused by Israeli strikes in Wadi Gaza, in the central Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023, amid a truce in battles between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)

The Arab Parliament welcomed the extension of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip for two additional days, allowing the entry of humanitarian aid and releasing more Palestinian prisoners.

In a statement on Tuesday, the parliament urged an increase in efforts towards reaching a permanent and final ceasefire to ensure the Palestinian people have access to humanitarian aid.

The parliament expressed gratitude to the successful mediation efforts exerted by Egypt and Qatar to reach the extension to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

It renewed the call on the international community to assume its political, legal and moral responsibilities, take all measures for a permanent ceasefire, hold Israel accountable for the crimes committed against Palestinian civilians, and pressure it to allow and provide humanitarian and relief aid to the civilians in Gaza.


Saudi FM Holds Talks on Gaza with French, Spanish Counterparts

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Barcelona on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Barcelona on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Holds Talks on Gaza with French, Spanish Counterparts

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Barcelona on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Barcelona on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Monday with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna on the sidelines of the Union for the Mediterranean Regional Forum in Barcelona.

They reviewed the situation in the Gaza Strip and its vicinity, emphasizing efforts toward a sustainable ceasefire to safeguard civilian protection and the imperative of solidifying the truce.

Additionally, they engaged in discussions on various mutual concerns aimed at bolstering security and stability in the Middle East and globally.

Prince Faisal stressed the importance of intensifying international efforts to fully commit to protecting civilians and ensuring the application of the international law and humanitarian international law rules, and returning to the peace path in a way that guarantees the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state according to relevant international resolutions.

Prince Fasial also met with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Albares for talks on Gaza.


22nd Saudi Relief Plane for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA
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22nd Saudi Relief Plane for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

The 22nd Saudi relief plane arrived Tuesday in Egypt carrying 39 tons of relief aid, including food and shelter materials, to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip, SPA reported.
The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people in times of crisis.