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36th GCC Summit concludes in Riyadh

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(Riyadh) - The 36th Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States (GCC) Leaders' Summit, held at the Al Diriyah Palace in Riyadh, ended with the issuance of a communiqué. The GCC leaders reviewed the joint action, political, social and economic…

Saudi Women Sit in Shura Council for 1st Time

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(Riyadh) - Thirty Saudi women took seats in Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, for the first time in kingdom's history, as they were sworn in before King Abdullah at his palace in Riyadh. The women were sworn in along with 130 male colleagues…

3rd Arab Economic Summit Begins

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(Riyadh) - The third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit has commenced at Riyadh, aimed at boosting economic integration and development in the Arab countries. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and…
GCC shielded World Economy from ‘Serious Damage’: Lagarde

GCC shielded World Economy from ‘Serious Damage’: Lagarde

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(Riyadh) - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has issued a statement lauding the Gulf nations’ pragmatic oil stabilization policies for safeguarding the global economy from falling into an inflationary…
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef passes away

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef passes away

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdul Aziz has died the royal court said. His funeral would be held on Sunday after sunset prayers in Makkah in western Saudi Arabia. The 79-year-old’s death, just eight months after he replaced his…
GCC ministers of commerce hold 45th meeting

GCC Ministers of Commerce hold 45th Meeting

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(Riyadh) - UAE Minister of Economy, H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri is participating in the 45th GCC ministers of commerce meeting being held in Riyadh within the framework of the committee of trade cooperation. Dr. Toufic Al-Rabi’ah, the…
Saudi King orders reopening of mission in Egypt

Saudi King orders reopening of mission in Egypt

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(Riyadh) - Saudi King, Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has "instructed the Kingdom's Ambassador to Cairo to resume his post, and ordered the reopening of the embassy and the consulates in Alexandria and Suez", state agency SPA reported. The decision…
Turkish PM meets Saudi King Abdullah

Turkish PM meets Saudi King Abdullah

(Riyadh) - Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi King, Abdullah in Riyadh for talks on the Syrian conflict, amid Gulf Arab calls to arm rebels despite a tenuous truce going into effect. Commenting on the meeting, Turkish ambassador…
Sheikh Abdullah takes part in GCC- US Strategic Cooperation Forum

Sheikh Abdullah attends GCC-US Strategic Cooperation Forum

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(Riyadh) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister is taking part in the First Ministerial meeting of the GCC-US Strategic Cooperation Forum that has commenced at the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The…
Clinton discusses Syria crisis with King Abdullah

Clinton discusses Syria crisis with King Abdullah

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(Riyadh) - US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton met Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and Foreign Minister to discuss the Syria conflict against a backdrop of tension with Iran and oil policy differences. “Both sides have recognised that their…
Gulf states to close embassies in Syria

Gulf states to close embassies in Syria

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(Riyadh) - All six Arab Gulf states will close their embassies in Syria to protest year-long crackdown in the country, said Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) head Abdullatif al-Zayani. Zayani asked the international community to "act urgently…
Prince Turki Calls for Bigger Role in IMF after Euro Rescue

Gulf Calls for Bigger Role in IMF after Euro Rescue

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al-Faisal speaking at Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh urged the IMF to give Gulf States a bigger say in the global economic order in return for billions of dollars in financial aid to the distressed…
Wen Jiabao with Saudi Arabian King

Chinese Premier meets Saudi King

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah welcomed visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Royal Palace in Riyadh. During the meeting, both the leaders discussed the ways to promote Saudi Arabia-China bilateral ties under the strategic framework…
King Abdullah & David Cameron

Cameron Meets King Abdullah

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(Riyadh) - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received the visiting British delegation headed by Prime Minister David Cameron at his palace in the Kingdom's capital. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud…