April 24, 2012 - Saudi Arabia

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April 24, 2012 - Saudi Arabia

APRIL 24, 2012

FOREIGN RELATIONS

King Abdullah receives UNESCO Gold Medal

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received the

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Director General Irina Bokova in Riyadh on April 23. Bokova awarded King

Abdullah with the UNESCO Gold Medal, the organization’s most prestigious

award, in recognition of his efforts in enhancing the culture of dialogue and

peace. In particular, she noted his sponsorship of several international

conferences, as well as the establishment of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

International Program for Enhancing the Culture of Dialogue and Peace. She also

expressed appreciation for the Saudi monarch’s support of UNESCO’s activities.

Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for abduction of Saudi deputy consul

The Ministry of Interior released a statement on April 17 about the case of

Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Khalidi, the Saudi deputy consul in Aden, Yemen, who

was kidnapped by armed assailants in front of his residence on March 28.

According to the statement, the Saudi Embassy in Yemen received a phone call

from Mishaal Mohammed Rasheed Al-Shadoukhi, whose name appears on a list of

85 individuals wanted by Saudi authorities. During a conversation with the Saudi

ambassador, Al-Shadoukhi claimed to be conveying a message from Al-Qaeda in

Yemen. In exchange for the release of Al-Khalidi, Al-Shadoukhi demanded the

release of a large number of prisoners, along with a ransom. Al-Shadoukhi claimed

that the Saudi prisoner is in good health, but warned that Al-Khalidi is in a

precarious situation. He said, if Al-Qaeda’s demands are not met, “Today, a consul

is kidnapped. Tomorrow, an embassy will be bombed and a prince will e killed.”

Demanding the immediate release of the hostage, the spokesman noted that

Saudi Arabia is cooperating with Yemen to achieve this end.

SAUDI ARABIA-U.S. RELATIONS

U.S. delegation visits Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce

Abdullah Al-Majdoo’e, a member of the board of directors of the Eastern Province

Chamber of Commerce and Industry, received a U.S. commercial delegation in

Dammam on April 17. The delegation was led by Assistant U.S. Secretary for

Manufacturing and Services Nichole Lamb-Hale, from the Commerce Department,

and included representatives from 13 companies. During the meeting, U.S.


usinesses were encouraged to invest in green energy sources in the Kingdom,

especially solar energy.

Saudi university signs cooperation agreements with U.S. institutions

University of Taibah and Purdue University signed an academic cooperation

agreement, involving joint research, student exchanges, and the holding of joint

training courses on computer sciences and engineering. The agreement was

signed during the 3 rd International Higher Education Exhibition and Conference,

which concluded in Riyadh on April 20. Also during the Conference, the Faculty of

Medicine of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University signed a contract with

the George Washington University to conduct research on breast cancer, heart

diseases, obesity, depression and addiction for one year, as well as a contract

with the University of Pennsylvania to carry out research on cancer diseases,

genetics, and immunology for one year.

FOREIGN AID

Campaign for the Relief of Palestinian People provides medical supplies

In implementation of the directives of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the

general supervisor of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for Relief

of the Palestinian People in Gaza, medical supplies worth $3 million are being

provided to Palestinian hospitals. The aid is being provided in partnership with

the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). According to the president of the

Campaign, Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, the aid is part of an integrated program

for the rehabilitation of the Palestinians’ health infrastructure. He noted that the

Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People and the Campaign have

already provided medical assistance worth $53.34 million.

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