Prince Alwaleed receives New Zealand Ambassador
HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received HE Mr. Hamish MacMaster, New Zealand Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The meeting was also attended by Ms. Hassna Alturki, Executive Manager for International Relations to HRH the Chairman and Mr. Ahmed Altubaishi, 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 New Zealand’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, the two discussed various issues on the investment and economic fronts.
In 2013, Prince Alwaleed received at his office The Honourable Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand and an accompanying delegation. In 2011, His Highness received New Zealand Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and an accompanying delegation.
In the same year, HRH received the Hon Gerry Brownlee, Leader of the New Zealand House of Representatives and Minister of Economic Development, and Energy Resources.
During their meeting, HRH and Mr. Brownlee discussed a number of issues including investments as well as ways to further strengthen economic relations between their respective countries. In 2010, Prince Alwaleed received Hon Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade with an accompanying delegation at his office in Riyadh. The Prince’s investment in New Zealand through KHC is in the financial sector through Citigroup.
In 2011, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global, that is chaired by Prince Alwaleed has made a donation of $100,000 for much needed relief aid for the Christchurch earthquake victims. The allocation and distribution of the donation to those in need was in coordination with the New Zealand Red Cross that had launched the ‘New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal’.
The New Zealand Red Cross is part of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Movement is neutral and impartial, and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The Foundation’s donation helped alleviate the suffering of hundreds of victims affected by this disaster (135 families). The donation also helped people living in their homes without power, water or sewerage, and people forced to leave their home because of damage.