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In Pictures: Al-Jubeir attends Christchurch Memorial

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Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, has attended the national memorial service in Christchurch; to honor the 50 victims that were killed during the terrorist attack that happened on March 15th.

Around 20,00 people attended the event that was highly secured at the city’s Hagley Park, it included a dozen number of Islamic leaders, and government representatives. Australian prime minister Scott Morison had attended as well.

During the service, Al-Jubeir met some of the family members of the victims, in addition to two injured Saudi Nationals, Khalid Al-Shadukhi and Aseel Al-Ansari, who as well were affected by the horrific incident,

Al-Jubeir then met up with some of New Zealand’s officials, including Governor-General Patsy Reddy and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed a number of the attendees during the memorial, who then gave her a warm standing ovation.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, during her speech at the memorial

“Our challenge now is to make the very best of us a daily reality. Because we are not immune to the viruses of hate, of fear, of other. We never have been,” Ardern stated.

“But we can be the nation that discovers the cure. And so to each of us as we go from here, we have work to do,” she said, while also adding that it’s the world’s responsibility to put an end to the vicious cycle of extremism and that it needed a global effort.

“The answer to them lies in a simple concept that is not bound by domestic borders, that isn’t based on ethnicity, power-base or even forms of governance. The answer lies in our humanity,” she said.

 

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Princess Reema bint Bandar Meets With US Treasury Chief Steven Mnuchin

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Saudi ambassador Princess Reema bint Bandar met earlier with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin where the two of them got to discuss opportunities to further enhance the relationship between the two countries.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in the US said in a tweet that the two senior officials explored “ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as US support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms.”

Princess Reema assumed her new office earlier this month, and has since met with the political figures of the US in the attempt of strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

She presented her credentials in the presence of US President Donald Trump as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

 

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Princess Reema Bint Bandar Meets Donald Trump At The White House

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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, has met with President Donald Trump to present her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

“HRH stated that the Saudi-U.S. partnership is essential to the interests of both countries and expressed confidence that the two countries are capable of overcoming any challenges at the regional or global levels,” the embassy said.

The 44-year-old diplomat expressed her enthusiasm on social media, writing, “Looking forward to starting this chapter of my life in Washington DC.”

“Presented credentials today at the White House,” she wrote on Twitter. “Conveyed the well wishes of Kingdom’s Leadership. Looking forward to working on strengthening and solidifying the historic Saudi – U.S partnership.”

Princess Reema Bint Bandar became the 11th Saudi diplomatic representing the Kingdom to Washington since 1945, marking an opening for more women to participate and take roles in government positions.

 

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Main Road in Sharm El-Sheikh Gets Named After King Salman

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According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, the main road in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh has been named after King Salman. 

Governor of South Sinai, Khaled Fouda, announced the decision during a ceremony that was held to celebrate the 37th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.

Osama Nugali, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League, took part in the event where the announcement was made.

He thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and several senior officials, for such a kind gesture and for bestowing the honor on King Salman.

 

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