Israel, UAE, Egypt Complete Trade Agreements

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm Sheikh (Egyptian Presidency)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm Sheikh (Egyptian Presidency)
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Israel, UAE, Egypt Complete Trade Agreements

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm Sheikh (Egyptian Presidency)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm Sheikh (Egyptian Presidency)

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have completed negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement, describing them as a "historic milestone."

The comprehensive agreement came after five months of deliberations and included issues regarding trade in goods such as regulation and standards, customs, trade in services, cooperation, government procurement, e-commerce, and the preservation of intellectual property rights.

The agreement includes 95 percent of the products traded between Israel and the UAE, which will be exempted from customs immediately or gradually, including food and agricultural products, cosmetics, medical equipment, and drugs.

The agreement is expected to enter into effect after legal advisors issue the formal legal documentation.

It will be signed by the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Thani bin Ahmed al- Zeyoudi and the Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry, Orna Barbivay.

Bennett said the issue was discussed during his last meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and they agreed to accelerate discussions to conclude the agreement.

The Prime Minister asserted that it is an important moment in Israel and UAE relations.

"Today, the good relations that have already been forged between the two countries are being strengthened in the form of a free trade agreement that will significantly upgrade economic cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. There will be more trade, more jobs, and good products at lower prices," he added.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid welcomed the agreement, which is conducive to the Negev Summit spirit that called for continuous cooperation and continuity in contacts and led to tangible achievements.

Barbivay said that since the conclusion of the Abraham Accords, the Ministry of Economy and Industry has been working on expanding the scope of economic relations between Israel and the UAE and fully utilizing the economic potential.

"The conclusion of the negotiations is a significant and historic milestone in bilateral relations."

Relations between Israel and the UAE began in September 2020, when they concluded the Abraham Accords, which established their diplomatic ties. But the new agreements are the first complete free trade agreement between Israel and an Arab country.

Egypt and Israel completed negotiations Thursday to enhance their trade and economic cooperation within the framework of the joint protocol on the Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ).

They aim to increase export capabilities during the next stage, especially in light of the quest to overcome the repercussions of the current global conditions.

Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala al-Saeed and Minister of Trade and Industry Nevin Jameh met with Barbivay at the QIZ headquarters.

In December 2004, Egypt signed the QIZ protocol with Israel and the US to export Egyptian products to the US market without customs or tariffs, provided that Israeli components represent 11.7 percent of the products.

The economic relations between Egypt and Israel have witnessed a significant development in the recent period, and they agreed last month to launch direct flights between Tel Aviv and Sharm el-Sheikh.

Israel agreed to export natural gas to Egypt via Jordan, which is the second gas export pipeline from Israel to Egypt that has been approved due to the increasing demand for Israeli natural gas.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Energy estimates, the export of Israeli gas through the new pipeline is expected to reach from 2.5 to 3 billion cubic meters during 2022 and may rise to 4 billion cubic meters in the coming years.

Export of natural gas from Israel to Egypt began in 2020, amounting to 2.17 billion cubic meters.



Saudi King Issues Royal Order Naming 12 Judges as Members of Supreme Court

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
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Saudi King Issues Royal Order Naming 12 Judges as Members of Supreme Court

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has issued a royal order appointing 12 judges, holding the position of President of the Court of Appeal, as members of the Supreme Court.

The Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, appreciated the support from the Saudi King and the Crown Prince, for the judicial system.

He emphasized that the royal order will fortify the Supreme Court's capacity to fulfill its responsibilities outlined in the judicial system and the two legal proceedings and criminal procedures systems.

The President of the Supreme Court, Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Luhaidan, and other members expressed gratitude for the trust bestowed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince.

They affirmed their commitment to working diligently and contributing to realizing the aspirations of the Saudi leadership in their new roles.


Arab Interior Ministers Meet in Tunisia, Stress Boosting Joint Security Cooperation 

Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz is seen at the meeting in Tunis. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz is seen at the meeting in Tunis. (SPA)
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Arab Interior Ministers Meet in Tunisia, Stress Boosting Joint Security Cooperation 

Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz is seen at the meeting in Tunis. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz is seen at the meeting in Tunis. (SPA)

The 41st session of the Arab Interior Ministers' Council underscored on Monday the need to bolster joint security cooperation between their countries to consolidate stability and boost opportunities for development and prosperity and protect people from terrorism.

The session was chaired by Qatar and held in Tunisia.

Improved security will also help combat drug dealing and abuse and various other crimes, they added.

Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz chaired the Kingdom’s delegation at the meeting.

The council granted the Naif Prize Medal for Arab Security (Excellent Grade) to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in recognition of his great services to the security of the Arab community. The honor was accepted by Prince Abdulaziz.

Addressing the meeting, the Saudi minister conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the ministers.

He said the Saudi leadership hopes the outcomes of the meeting will help bolster joint Arab security in the present and for the future.

Prince Abdulaziz noted that the meeting was being held amid “painful humanitarian circumstances,” citing the war in Gaza, which he said has caused suffering to thousands of women, children and the elderly.

Since its inception, the Arab Interior Ministers' Council has sought security of the Arab people, while pursuing stability and growth aspired for by people around the globe, he added.

Prince Abdulaziz praised the council’s efforts and constructive cooperation in coming up with strategies and executive plans that have helped boost joint Arab security that have successfully tackled challenges confronted by security agencies.

This has helped achieve the goals of the wise leaderships of Arab countries and consolidated security and stability, he stated.

Moreover, the minister warned of cybersecurity threats, the abuse of Artificial Intelligence and the development of innovative methods to promote drug abuse.

This had led to the rise in organized crimes and alliances with armed groups and terrorist organizations. Such challenges demand the development of national and Arab plans to confront them, he added, suggesting investing in improving infrastructure and backing development and education plans.

He also underlined the importance of Arab coordination to confront these threats.

He said Saudi Arabia has successfully implemented a comprehensive security campaign, at the orders of the leadership, to combat the drug trade.

Prince Naif held talks with Tunisian President Kais Saied, as well as several of his counterparts from across the Arab world on the sidelines of his visit to Tunis.


Saudi Crown Prince, Russia’s Duma Speaker Discuss Cooperation

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince, Russia’s Duma Speaker Discuss Cooperation

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, held talks in Riyadh on Monday with Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

The officials discussed bilateral relations between their countries and aspects of parliamentary cooperation.

They also reviewed issues of common interest.

Present at the meeting were Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Speaker of the Shura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of State, Cabinet Member and National Security Advisor Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Ahmad and Volodin’s accompanying delegation.


Saudi Source Denies Meeting Held between Minister of Commerce and Israeli Official 

Saudi Commerce Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi is seen at the13th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi. (Dr. al-Qasabi on  the X platform)
Saudi Commerce Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi is seen at the13th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi. (Dr. al-Qasabi on the X platform)
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Saudi Source Denies Meeting Held between Minister of Commerce and Israeli Official 

Saudi Commerce Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi is seen at the13th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi. (Dr. al-Qasabi on  the X platform)
Saudi Commerce Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi is seen at the13th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi. (Dr. al-Qasabi on the X platform)

A Saudi source denied on Monday social media posts about a meeting being held between Commerce Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi and an Israeli official.

In a statement, the source referred to a video showing Dr. al-Qasabi and an Israeli official at the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi. The source said the video was filmed as Dr. al-Qasabi was standing alongside his Nigerian counterpart ahead of the opening of the conference.

The source noted that an unknown individual approached the minister to offer greetings and later identified himself as the minister of economy in the Israeli occupation government.

Moreover, the source emphasized “the Kingdom's steadfast stance on the Palestinian cause and its support for the resilience of the Palestinian people against Israeli aggression.”


Saudi FM: People of Gaza Subject to Ugliest Human Rights Violations

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2024. (AFP)
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2024. (AFP)
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Saudi FM: People of Gaza Subject to Ugliest Human Rights Violations

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2024. (AFP)
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2024. (AFP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah said on Monday the people of Gaza are being subject to the ugliest human rights violations, while warning that an Israeli assault on Rafah would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Speaking at the 55th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, he rejected the double standards being adopted in handling the war on Gaza.

He underlined the importance of the council in achieving its goals, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and for the international community to assume its responsibilities.

Prince Faisal also took part in the Conference on Disarmament (CD) high-level segment (HLS) at the UN headquarters.

He expressed Riyadh’s appreciation for the support its members showed to it in joining the conference as an observer.  

He highlighted the international community's concern about the deadlock in the conference, which remains unable to adopt a clear and comprehensive program of work to fulfill its mandate.

The minister said it is important to address the reasons the conference has reached an impasse, urging the need to avoid unilateral positions that hinder the prospects of achieving collective security.  

Prince Faisal emphasized the need for all states to demonstrate flexibility and political determination to allow the conference to carry out its role and expand membership.  

Moreover, the FM expressed the Kingdom’s regret that the State of Palestine’s request to join the CD as an observer was turned down, saying there was no legal justification for the decision.  

He added that Saudi Arabia has shown great interest in joining the agreements resulting from the work of the conference, primarily the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention, reiterating the Kingdom's support for all regional and international efforts to ban all types of weapons of mass destruction.  

He further emphasized the need for all states to respect the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and to help make the Middle East a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction.  

This is a collective responsibility, not limited to the countries of the region, he declared.  

Furthermore, Prince Faisal underlined the Kingdom's support for ensuring the right of states to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with nuclear agreements and nuclear safety standards.  

He also stressed the Kingdom's position in support of the right to use outer space exclusively for peaceful purposes.

He welcomed increased cooperation to address current and future challenges in outer space and to reach decisions leading to reducing space threats by developing policies that comply with international law, the UN Charter, and relevant treaties and agreements.  

Prince Faisal called for continued efforts to achieve a balance between outer space security and its peaceful use, to ensure its safety, security, and sustainability, and the well-being of humanity.  

Prince Faisal met on the sidelines of the conference Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Murat Nurtleu, Swiss FM Ignazio Cassis and Colombian FM Luis Gilberto Murillo.  

The meetings focused on bilateral relations and regional and international developments of interest.


Tunisian President, Saudi Interior Minister Discuss Security Cooperation

Tunisian President Kais Saied receives Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz in Tunis on Monday. (SPA)
Tunisian President Kais Saied receives Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz in Tunis on Monday. (SPA)
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Tunisian President, Saudi Interior Minister Discuss Security Cooperation

Tunisian President Kais Saied receives Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz in Tunis on Monday. (SPA)
Tunisian President Kais Saied receives Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz in Tunis on Monday. (SPA)

Tunisian President Kais Saied received in Tunis on Monday Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, to Saied, wishing to the government and people of Tunisia steady progress and prosperity.

They also reviewed relations and security cooperation between their countries.


Saudi Interior Minister Discusses Boosting Cooperation with Arab Counterparts 

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz meets with his Iraqi counterpart Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari in Tunis on Sunday. (SPA)
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz meets with his Iraqi counterpart Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari in Tunis on Sunday. (SPA)
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Saudi Interior Minister Discusses Boosting Cooperation with Arab Counterparts 

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz meets with his Iraqi counterpart Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari in Tunis on Sunday. (SPA)
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz meets with his Iraqi counterpart Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari in Tunis on Sunday. (SPA)

Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, held on Sunday a series of meetings in Tunis with his counterparts from across the Arab world on boosting cooperation.

The officials were in Tunisia to take part in the 41st session of the Arab Interior Ministers' Council that will be chaired by Qatar and held on Monday.

Prince Abdulaziz held talks with his counterpart from Iraq, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, Palestine, Ziad Hab Al-Reeh, Jordan, Mazen Abdullah Al-Faraya, Egypt, Major General Mahmoud Tawfiq, and Djibouti, Saeed Noah Hassan


KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 727 Mines within a Week in Yemen

Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, seeks through the project to clear Yemeni lands of the mines that were randomly planted by the Houthis. SPA
Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, seeks through the project to clear Yemeni lands of the mines that were randomly planted by the Houthis. SPA
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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 727 Mines within a Week in Yemen

Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, seeks through the project to clear Yemeni lands of the mines that were randomly planted by the Houthis. SPA
Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, seeks through the project to clear Yemeni lands of the mines that were randomly planted by the Houthis. SPA

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the third week of February, a total of 727 mines across Yemen, including 134 anti-tanks and 587 unexploded ordnance.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 433,333 mines have been dismantled.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, seeks through the project to clear Yemeni lands of the mines that were randomly planted by the Houthi militia, causing death and injury of innocent children, women, and the elderly.


Ninth Saudi Relief Plane Carrying Aid to Ukrainian People Arrives in Poland

The 80 tons of goods include generators and electrical appliances. SPA
The 80 tons of goods include generators and electrical appliances. SPA
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Ninth Saudi Relief Plane Carrying Aid to Ukrainian People Arrives in Poland

The 80 tons of goods include generators and electrical appliances. SPA
The 80 tons of goods include generators and electrical appliances. SPA

The ninth Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has arrived at the Polish airport of Rzeszów, located near the Ukrainian border, from where its payload will be transported across the Polish border into Ukraine.
The 80 tons of goods include generators and electrical appliances.
This assistance is in keeping with the Kingdom’s historic role in helping people around the world in times of crises.


Two Saudi Relief Planes Deliver Trucks, Forklifts to Aid Palestinian Relief Efforts in Egypt

The two aircraft carry on board two trucks and two forklifts. SPA
The two aircraft carry on board two trucks and two forklifts. SPA
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Two Saudi Relief Planes Deliver Trucks, Forklifts to Aid Palestinian Relief Efforts in Egypt

The two aircraft carry on board two trucks and two forklifts. SPA
The two aircraft carry on board two trucks and two forklifts. SPA

The 39th and 40th Saudi relief planes, dispatched by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived on Thursday at Egypt’s El-Arish International Airport.
The two aircraft carry on board two trucks and two forklifts, which were delivered to the Egyptian Red Crescent to facilitate the loading and transportation of relief aid arriving at El-Arish Airport destined for the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip
This comes within the framework of the historical role of the Kingdom, known for its longstanding commitment to standing by needy countries and peoples around the world in various crises they face.