Prince Mohammed bin Naif leads Saudis into pledging allegiance to new crown prince

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, kisses the hand of Prince Mohammed bin Naif at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 22 June 2017
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Prince Mohammed bin Naif leads Saudis into pledging allegiance to new crown prince

JEDDAH: Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif led Saudis into pledging allegiance to the new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday.
Prince Mohammed bin Naif pledged allegiance to the new crown prince at Al-Safa Palace.
In a viral video that has been circulated widely on social media, Prince Mohammed bin Naif is seen pledging allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen expressed his congratulations to King Salman over this choice, given Prince Mohammed’s experience, wisdom and vision in the management of the affairs of the Kingdom, his dedication to the service of his religion, nation and Ummah, and his commitment to taking far-reaching steps on joint actions in the interest of the Islamic world.
Sheikh Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), described the appointment of the new crown prince as successful and promising given the national and international prestige Mohammed bin Salman enjoys.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Al-Issa said Prince Mohammed bin Salman had always served his religion first, and his country, king and nation second.
Head of the Council of Pakistanis Scholars Sheikh Al-Hafiz Mohammad Taher Mahmoud Ashrafi, backed the royal decree and said that the appointment is a wise step taken by King Salman and Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Council, as Prince Mohammed is known for his ethics and leadership, as seen in Vision 2030.


Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

Updated 59 min 35 sec ago
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Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

  • The sailor was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea
  • Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort

JEDDAH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards rescued a 72-year-old French sailor after he fell ill while on a yacht in international waters.
A Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Musfer Al-Quraini, said the search and rescue coordination center in Jeddah (JMRCC) had been contacted by the French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to report that a crew member on the yacht had experienced a severe medical condition requiring evacuation.
He was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea.
The JMRCC located the boat, contacted its captain and liaised with a doctor at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital to provide medical guidance until the evacuation could be carried out.
Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort.
The patient was evacuated by helicopter and moved to Prince Mohammed bin Nasser Hospital in the southwestern port city of Jazan, where he received medical treatment. He is in a stable condition.
The yacht was accompanied to Jazan, following coordination with the port’s administration.
The French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center thanked the JMRCC for rescuing the sailor.