Saudis call on Myanmar to allow Rohingyas to return

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, former health minister and now leading the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. (AFP)
Updated 21 September 2017
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Saudis call on Myanmar to allow Rohingyas to return

WASHINGTON: A top Saudi relief official called Thursday for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and let them live in peace.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, former health minister and now leading the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, said major global powers need to press Myanmar to stop its violent expulsion of the Muslim ethnic minority into Bangladesh.
“What I want from our allies like the US and UK and the international community, I think it’s time to put pressure on the Burma or Myanmar government to allow those refugees to go back and live in peace and get their rights,” he said.
Rabeeah, on a stop in Washington before talks Friday at the United Nations on Yemen, said Saudi Arabia was already pumping aid in for the 422,000 Rohingyas who have been driven out of Myanmar’s westernmost Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25.
The aid is going mostly into Bangladesh but also through Indonesia and Malaysia, he said.
“We are working heavily to help the refugees in Bangladesh,” he said.
Bangladesh said earlier Thursday that it had treated more than 2,350 Rohingya refugees injured as they fled Myanmar, including bullet and machete wounds and trauma from land mines.


Madinah governor receives Omani Hajj Mission head

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman meets Sheikh Sultan bin Said Al-Hinai, head of the Omani Hajj Mission, and his accompanying delegation. (SPA)
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Madinah governor receives Omani Hajj Mission head

JEDDAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Wednesday received in his office Sheikh Sultan bin Said Al-Hinai, head of the Omani Hajj Mission, and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting discussed the services provided to pilgrims from all parties involved in the Hajj.

Prince Faisal stressed the important role the official Hajj missions play in leveraging the services offered by the Kingdom to allow the pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals with ease and tranquility.

Al-Hinai gave thanks and appreciation to the Madinah governor on the welcoming reception and the care and attention given to the Omani pilgrims during their stay in Madinah.