Syrians on Haj, Umrah visas can stay on

Updated 31 December 2014
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Syrians on Haj, Umrah visas can stay on

The Kingdom has decided to allow Syrians to stay in the country without iqamas as long as their visit, Haj, or Umrah visas are valid, but they would have to correct their status later.
According to the Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Issa, the ministry would allow Syrians holding these visas to live here legally. Sources indicate the ministry asked the General Directorate of Passports to inquire into the possibility of granting Syrians this concession.
“The Directorate General of Passports replied that this would be permissible as long as the visit visa granted to the individual is valid,” said sources, quoted by the local media.
The ministry issued a circular to all courts, ordering them to implement the decision for eligible Syrians.
The new decision comes after the Ministry of Interior exempted Syrian workers in violation of the residency or labor regulations from deportation during inspection campaigns.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, the security spokesman at the ministry, said the current circumstances in Syria do not allow for the deportation of Syrians in violation of regulations, and the ministry will allow violators an opportunity to correct their status.
Last week, Prince Mohammed bin Naif, minister of Interior, called on the general supervisor of the Saudi national campaign to support Syrians, to cover tuition expenses for children of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
A number of officials praised these humanitarian efforts, while many refugees in Lebanon sent letters and telegrams, in which they expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the support to allow their children to continue their education in Lebanese schools.


King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

Updated 37 min 56 sec ago
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King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with King Salman on Wednesday as part of his first state visit overseas.

During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between their two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Tuesday for a visit expected to focus on bilateral ties, regional security and Pakistan's economic situation.

Earlier, the prime minister was received by the King at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah before the a luncheon was held in his honor.

He then met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who congratulated him on his election as prime minister.

"They reviewed the historical relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to enhance them," SPA said.

 

In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan would always stand by Saudi Arabia, and that anyone who comes into power in the country would visit the Kingdom first.

“Saudi Arabia came to Pakistan's aid when it needed it," Khan said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Khan performed Umrah in Makkah.

He then held a series of meetings, including with the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih on Wednesday.

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Khan received Al-Falih at his residence in Jeddah to discuss ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen

Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the July elections, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior members of his cabinet.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer visited Madinah where he prayed at the Prophet's Mosque.