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Prince Alwaleed Receives Belgian Ambassador

November 11, 2014

 

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Chairman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation– Global, received HE Mr. Greet Criel, Belgian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by Dr. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman and Mr. Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafel, Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman.

 

The meeting began as the Ambassador thanked Prince Alwaleed for giving him the opportunity to meet with him, as it is the first meeting for His Excellency with Prince Alwaleed since he took up post as Belgian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, HRH and the Ambassador discussed a number of humanitarian, social, economic and investment issues.

 

Recently, Prince Alwaleed visited the Kingdom of Belgium. During the visit, HM King Philippe of Belgium welcomed Prince Alwaleed. During the meeting the two discussed social and philanthropic issues. Moreover, His Majesty commended Prince Alwaleed for his efforts on the social, humanitarian and investment fronts. In response, Prince Alwaleed expressed his gratitude for His Majesty’s honor of the highest medal.

 

In March 2014, Prince Alwaleed was honored “Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold” by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium on behalf of HM King Philippe. The honoring took place at the Council of Saudi Chambers in Riyadh. During the honoring ceremony Prince Alwaleed gave a speech. His Highness expressed his appreciation to King Philippe for the honor that was bestowed upon him. HRH also welcomed HRH Princess Astrid and the Belgian delegation. In addition, Prince Alwaleed referred to the bi-lateral economic relations between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Belgium, emphasizing on the exports that have grown by 50% since the last business delegation’s visited to Saudi Arabia in 2009. Furthermore, HRH expressed his pride at the collaboration between Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). 

 

Prince Alwaleed had attended the Charitable Gala dinner of the EORTC that was held in Monaco hosted by its Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. The dinner was also attended by Princess Astrid the former Honorary President of (EORTC).

 

In 2013, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global had signed a memorandum of understanding “MOU” with The EORTC Charitable Trust. The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation had partnered with EORTC and supported the initiation phase of the project “Towards the Improvement of the Outcome of Patients with Acute Leukemia”, a currently fatal disease, through high quality research that enables a better understanding of the disease at the molecular level. The EORTC was founded as an international organization under Belgian law in 1962 by eminent oncologists working in the main cancer research institutes of the EU countries and Switzerland. The aims of (EORTC) are to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate translational and clinical research in Europe to improve the management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival but also patient quality of life. 

 

In 2009, Prince Alwaleed received and hosted a dinner in honor of HRH Prince Philippe, Crown Prince of Belgium at the time and an accompanying delegation. The occasion was also attended by H.E Alaudeen Alaskary, Chief of Protocol for the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a delegation from KHC, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation and HRH Prince Alwaleed’s Private Office.

 

In the same year, Prince Alwaleed received Princess Astrid at his office and hosted a luncheon in honor of the Princess at Kingdom Tower.