Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques telephones Palestinian President    Deputy Minister of Defense Receives Pakistani Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee    Saudi Taekwondo national team wins Arab gold    Yemeni Foreign Minister, Sweden's Special Envoy for Yemen, Discuss Latest Developments    GCC Secretary General Receives Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Kingdom    KSrelief Hands Over Medical Equipment to a Number of Yemeni Governorates    Saudi-French Business Forum in Council of Saudi Chambers Discusses Strengthening Investment Partnerships    SAMA launches The Investment Immersion Program (IIP)    OIC General Secretariat Condemns Terrorist Attack on Military Post in Central Mali    Asian Stocks Falls    Tunisian President receives UAE Foreign Minister    SAGO Completes Procedures to Import 900,000 Tons of Feed Barley    Council of Saudi Chambers to Organize Saudi-French Business Forum Tomorrow    Golfer Brooks Koepka: KSA proves its success in organizing various international sporting competitions    Details of Saudi Tour 2020 for bicycles announced    Saudi Arabia's Olympic Football Team Qualifies for Tokyo 2020    Red Sea International Film Festival Opens Accreditation    Saudi Arabia Creates the Future of Art with Artathon Competition that Merges Artistic Creativity with Artificial Intelligence    Red Sea International Film Festival Shows Rare Films of Late Saudi photographer Safouh Nomani    Saudi CDC Signs Agreement with Swedish Public Health Agency    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Addresses Citizens and Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr    Custodian of Two Holy Mosques addresses Citizens and Muslims on the Advent of Holy Month of Ramadan    Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Launches Awareness Message on Sacrifice Day    Custodian of Two Holy Mosques addresses the Saudi people and Islamic nation on the blessed Eid Al-Fitr    Newcastle Beat West Ham 3-0 for their first Win of the Season    Mourinho insists Ibrahimovic must be good enough for Manchester United    Reforms have saved the economy from possible recession, say analysts    The King and Crown Prince congratulates Moldova's President    More than 1,5 million pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia, so far    MWL allocates SR 7 million for Eid sacrifice project in 47 countries    Saudi Campaign provides educational and training services for Syrians in Al-Za'tari camp    Saudi student goes missing in Kentucky, US    Harvey lashes Texas US coast with high wind, torrential rain    North Korea tests short-range missiles as South Korea, US conduct drills    Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee given five-year jail sentence for bribery    Known days    "MODON" Signs MoU with Chinese Goldwind Company for wind-turbines manufacturing in the Kingdom    Flyadeal, Saudi Arabia's new low-cost airline, scheduled to launch on September 23, reports    Mastercard launches Masterpass in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia    Honda among 27 Japan players named for World Cup qualifiers    Joker, Harley Quinn movie in works with 'Crazy Stupid Love' filmmakers    Madhuri Dixit to venture into Marathi films as a producer    Consumers warned against using some brands of face powder, hair products    How 'GOT' makers made the frozen lake in 'Beyond the Wall'    Shraddha Kapoor wants people to help the needy    Neymar targets improvement after phenomenal home debut    Politicizing the pilgrimage    Rakhi 2017: "Bond of Love" between a brother and his sister    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Australian-Saudi social ties are growing
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 05 - 10 - 2016

World Cup qualifying matches are always fiercely fought. And the match this Thursday night at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah between the Saudi National team and the Australian national team (the Socceroos) will surely be no exception. In equal first place on the Group B table, both teams have shown courage and sportsmanship on the field to date: I expect to see that same determination on display this Thursday.
Sporting competitions – and the dedication they require - bring out the best in us. And the shared excitement and appreciation of the skills on display show us how much we have in common. Sport, in particular football, has now become an important vehicle in helping connect the global community of nations and increase understanding among peoples.
Australia values the warmth of its ties with Saudi Arabia and we share a commitment to the promotion of international peace and prosperity, including through the G20.
We are also committed to working with Saudi Arabia as it pursues implementation of its Vision 2030 for economic transformation.
Australia and Saudi Arabia share many environmental and climatic similarities. And the social ties between our countries are growing, not only because of the thousands of Saudi students and their families in Australia, but also because we are home to half a million Muslims – some 3,000 of whom visited the Kingdom for this year's Haj. Just as we Australians resident in Saudi Arabia appreciate the warmth and hospitality of the Saudi people, I know our players will appreciate the welcome they receive.
I would like to extend my thanks to the dedicated professionals in the Saudi Arabian Football Federation for the work they have put in.
Thursday's match will showcase the facilities at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, including to millions of Australians who are expected to tune in. It is hard to imagine a more impressive location for our teams to play.
This facility is symbolic of Saudi Arabia's aspirations as a sporting nation.
In Australia, sport plays a central part in society, in fostering good health in our youth, as well as the importance of doing one's best.
Football, or soccer as it is known in Australia, is a relatively new sport for many Australians. But its popularity has seen a massive upswing in recent years. Australia was pleased to host the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup earlier this year, an event that captured huge interest in Australia.
In 2014, Australian and Saudi soccer fans came together as two of our football teams played in the AFC Champions League final in Riyadh. This experience left our visitors with a fresh awareness of Saudi Arabia's fondness for football, and dedication as fans. We look forward to coming together once again on Thursday and to creating further memories to build the Saudi-Australian friendship.
This qualifier in Jeddah, whatever the outcome, is an opportunity to celebrate what binds us together.
— Dr. Ralph King is Australia's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Clic here to read the story from its source.