Prince Saud Al-Faisal attends 3rd Arab-African Summit in Kuwait
November 20, 2013
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 3rd Arab-African Summit, held under the theme “Partners in Development and Investment,” which concluded after two days of deliberations in Kuwait today. He was accompanied by Minister of State Dr. Musaad bin Mohammad Al-Ayban and Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf. More than 71 countries and international organizations participated in the summit.
Before the proceedings began, Prince Saud met with several foreign dignitaries, including Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah; Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah; Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jabir Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah; Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah; Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa; Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi; and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
The Saudi Foreign Minister delivered a speech on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. He called for greater solidarity and cooperation between Arab and African countries, especially in the areas of development, investment and security. Prince Saud noted that over the past four decades the Kingdom has provided $30 billion in non-refundable aid to African countries. Furthermore, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has provided $6 billion in soft development loans to finance 345 projects in 44 African countries in the health, education, housing, social, and infrastructure sectors.
At the conclusion of the summit, the delegates issued the Kuwait Declaration, which expressed the desire of all the countries to promote Arab-African cooperation in the political, economic, security and socio-cultural fields.