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Saudi Arabia and UAE Join Forces to Support Flood-hit Iranians

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Humanitarian aid organizations in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE decided to join forces together; in order to help thousands of Iranians who were affected by the devastating floods that happened in Iran.

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) and Emirates Red Crescent (RCUAE) had launched on Friday a major relief initiative, after recent deluges caused the death of around 80 people and forced over the 80,000 residents to leave their homes behind.

In a joint statement released by both countries, the two agencies declared that they are coming up with plans to help aid the worst-affected areas, and that is to help the suffering of “Iranian brothers.”

Also that this joint initiative is a result of “the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and asserts humanitarian solidarity” with the Iranian people.

Last Wednesday, Floodwaters poured into the southwest city of Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province, which thus forced the Iranian authorities to order thousands of people to flee their houses.

Gholamreza Shariati, provincial governor, urged young men to step up and volunteer in order to “help us in building dykes and to assist in the evacuation of women, children and the elderly.”

Around 80 people have died in the past three weeks in torrents, which is no seen to be the worst since 1940, after the floods swamped around 1,900 cities and villages in 20 of Iran’s 31 provinces.

Now, the huge inflows is forcing authorities to release a large volumes of water from Khuzestan’s largest dams, and in doing so, some of the cities downstream will be threatened, including the Ahvaz region, with a population of 1.3 million people.

 

 

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The Kingdom Ranked Among ’10 Global Business Climate Improvers’

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The Kingdom has been ranked among other countries in this year’s top 10 global business climate improvers, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2020 study

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in landing a spot thanks to the several reforms that have been implemented in eight Doing Business areas, the country has been ranked the 62nd globally with an overall score of 71.6 out of 100, it has successfully climbed 30 places.

“Saudi Arabia’s impressive reforms in doing business this year show its commitment to fulfilling a main pillar of its National Vision 2030: A thriving economy,” said Issam Abousleiman, World Bank regional director of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

“Easing the business climate for local entrepreneurs to thrive as well as foreign investors to work in the Kingdom shows a forward path to creating more jobs for Saudi youth and women, and creating sustainable, inclusive growth.” He added.

Saudi Arabia has indeed thrived this year in the field of starting a business, it now only costs 5.4% of income per capital for an entrepreneur to start their own business, which is lower than the cost in other North African and Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

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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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