Saudi wildlife center, ocean regeneration initiative deal aims to protect marine, coastal environment News

Riyadh: French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin undertook an official visit to Saudi Arabia from Feb. 14 to 16, following an invitation from his Saudi counterpart, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif. The two ministers addressed matters concerning the enhancement of security cooperation between Saudi Arabia and France. During his visit to Riyadh, Darmanin met several … Read more

Egypt says displacement is unacceptable, but will deal with civilians humanely News

Mediator says talks on Gaza not ‘progressing as expected’ after momentum in recent weeks RAFAH, Gaza Strip: Talks on a potential ceasefire deal in Gaza “have not been progressing as expected” in the past few days after good progress in recent weeks, key mediator Qatar said Saturday, as Israel’s prime minister accused the Hamas militant … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says security deal with France is ambitious, substantive News

LONDON: Concerns are mounting over the future of Britain’s Inter Faith Network, founded in 1997 to improve cohesion between religious communities, as the government considers scrapping its funding. The Guardian reported on Friday that Communities Secretary Michael Gove had written to the IFN saying he was “minded to withdraw” £155,000 ($194,599) of provisional funding over … Read more

Macron, Zelensky to sign security deal in Paris Friday News

PARIS: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travels to Berlin and Paris on Friday for talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and to sign a security agreement with Emmanuel Macron, Kyiv said. Zelensky is traveling to Germany and France as Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine enters a third year. Kyiv’s troops face an increasingly difficult situation on the … Read more

ITFC, Asia Alliance Bank ink $10m deal to boost private sector in Uzbekistan News

RIYADH: Saudi-based International Islamic Trade Finance Corp. has signed a $10 million agreement with the Asia Alliance Bank to bolster trade funds for Uzbekistan’s private sector. As part of the deal, the corporation will provide a $10 million financing arrangement to address trade budget needs, prioritizing small and medium-sized enterprises.

Saudi Arabia and France sign deal foster Olympic relations, expertise News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and France’s national Olympic committees on Wednesday signed an agreement to enhance bilateral relations, sports and Olympic cooperation between the two sides. Saudi Minister of Sport Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, who is also the president of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, signed the memorandum of understanding at Al-Janadriyah Square … Read more

Islamic Development Bank and Azerbaijan sign financing framework deal News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Development Bank is set to provide a financing framework for Azerbaijan through a new agreement.  The IsDB and the country’s Ministry of Economy signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a cooperative funding structure to potentially strengthen the bank’s support for Azerbaijan’s social and economic development, according to a release by … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief signs $10m deal with WHO to support Gaza News

Saudi ministry and UK National Archives team up to document Kingdom’s cultural heritage RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and the British National Archives have agreed to collaborate on an executive program for the digitization of cultural records in the Kingdom, in line with established international specifications and standards. The agreement was signed by Raed … Read more

Saudi Arabia inks deal to export hydroponic products to Netherlands and wider Europe News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s non-oil exports, including re-exports, rose by 2.5 percent to SR22.6 billion ($6.03 billion) in November 2023 compared to the previous month, official data showed.  According to a recent release from the General Authority for Statistics, the Kingdom’s overall merchandise exports experienced a 15.6 percent year-on-year decrease in November, amounting to SR95 billion.  … Read more

Flexing clout, Trump pressures Republicans to kill Ukraine aid deal News

WASHINGTON: It is a full nine months until the presidential election but Donald Trump is already wielding extraordinary influence as he seeks to bend US foreign policy to his ambitions of a return to the White House. The Republican has been a private citizen since leaving office in 2021 but is running for reelection and … Read more