Every Thursday, we bring you the latest GCC updates. Here's what happened in Week 197.
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the first meeting of the Qatari-Saudi Follow-up Committee. On the Qatari side, the meeting was chaired by Ambassador Ali bin Fahd Al-Hajri, Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Regional Affairs, while on the Saudi side it was chaired by H.E. Eid Al-Thaqafi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political and Economic Affairs, based on a report by Al-Raya.
The committee's meetings are taking place in accordance with the will of the leadership of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and the Al-Ula statement signed on 5 January 2021, reflecting the fraternal ties between the two brotherly countries.
H.E. Secretary-General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain met with H.H. Vice President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, who is visiting Doha to attend the Purebred Arabian Camel Festival for the Sword of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, according to QNA.
During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of Olympic cooperation and ways of enhancing and promoting it. H.H. Prince Fahd expressed thanks to the officials of the Olympic Movement in Qatar, stressing the strength of the relationship between the Saudi and Qatari Olympic committees.
H.H. Prince Fahd also visited the Qatar Olympic Academy headquarters in Al-Gharrafa where he was briefed about the different aspects and features of the Academy. He was also given a detailed explanation of the Qatar Olympic Academy's logo, identity and the vision it carries.
H.H. The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received a phone call from His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia. During the call, they reviewed brotherly relations between the two countries and ways to support and enhance them, according to Al-Raya.
The 'Green Saudi' initiative and the 'Green Middle East' initiative were announced by the Saudi Crown Prince. The importance of these initiatives to face the environmental challenges that the GCC region is going through was reviewed. H.H. Sheikh Tamim expressed Qatar's support for this initiative.
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