MILAN | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it was ‘gravely concerned’ over Israel’s decision to push ahead with building hundreds of settlement homes near occupied East Jerusalem.
Israel on Sunday invited contractor bids for 1,257 units in Givat Hamatos as part of a settlement scheme revived in February.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs condemned and rejected the move, ‘which contravenes international resolutions, and that would undermine the two-state solution and affect peace efforts in the region.
The Israeli announcement was condemned by Palestinian, the European Union and other Arab countries.
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PARIS, France – Petrochemicals firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter net profit slumped 94% on lower average sales prices. SABIC posted a net income of 0.29 billion riyals ($77.28 million) in the three – month period ended Dec. 31, down from 4.97 billion riyals in the year-ago period. Princes across…
Ukraine Gets Support From Saudis With $400 Million Aid Deal
PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia signed agreements worth $400 million with Ukraine on Sunday after the kingdom’s foreign minister made a surprise visit to Kyiv, a movie praised by Washington. Prince Faisal bin Farhan met President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, his chief of staff Andriy Yermak, his Ukrainian counterpart Dymytro Kuleba, and others. He was the highest-ranking…
Saudi Arabia Pauses Wealth Fund Plan To Acquire Egyptian Bank – Sources
PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has put a plan by its sovereign wealth fund to acquire the United Bank of Egypt on hold because of a disagreement with the Egyptian authorities over its valuation, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The pause is the most recent stumble in the vast investment programme promised…
Still Filming, Spielberg, 76, Wins Berlin Lifetime Awards
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UAE Names ADNOC Chief Jaber As COP28 Climate Conference President
PARIS, France – The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday that Sultan al – Jaber, the head of state oil giant ADNOC, would act as president of the COP28 climate conference it is hosting this year. Jaber, also UAE’s minister of industry and technology and its climate envoy, will help develop the COP28 agenda and…
Saudi Arabia To Host Pre-Pandemic Numbers For 2023 Haj Pilgrimage Season
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UAE President Congratulates Netanyahu On Inauguration
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Former Pope Benedict Dies Aged 95
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Ronaldo Joins Saudi Arabian Club Al Nassr Until 2025
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Pele, Who Died At 82, Was A Sports Star And Cultural Icon
PARIS, France – The Brazilian soccer star said Andy Warhol told him that. It was a twist on something else the American artist is widely credited with saying, that ”in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. Warhol made the soccer star’s portrait in 1977, and Pele took great pride in turning his…
Unemployment Among Saudi Citizens Increase To 9.9 In Q3/22
PARIS, France – Unemployment in Saudi Arabia among citizens increased to 9.9% in the third quarter, up 0.2. percentage points from the previous quarter but the overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.9 percent, data released on Thursday showed. The rate of joblessness among citizens fell from 11.3% in the same period last year, however,…
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