Saudi Cabinet backs coalition’s call for dialogue between Yemeni parties

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 31 January 2018
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Saudi Cabinet backs coalition’s call for dialogue between Yemeni parties

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed statements from the Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen calling for restraint and to open a dialogue over the developments in the temporary capital of Yemen in Aden.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Cabinet also praised the coalition’s call on the Yemenis to work jointly with the coalition to complete liberation of Yemeni lands from the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and to avoid partition, discord and the undermining of state institutions in the conflict.
The Cabinet further welcomed the coalition’s demand to all Yemeni parties to stop fighting immediately and to focus on the key objectives, notably restoration of legitimacy, security and stability, and to resolve all issues through available political mechanisms.
At the local level, the Cabinet dealt with the Kingdom’s participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where the Saudi delegation highlighted the economic reforms undertaken by the Kingdom to build an economy depending on innovation in order to set an example at Arab and global levels.
On the Kingdom’s speech during an open dialogue at the UN Security Council last Thursday on “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question,” the Cabinet stressed that Al-Quds is the permanent and historic capital of Palestine in accordance with international resolutions. Any procedures taken by the Israeli occupation authorities are void and will only increase tension in the Middle East and weaken hopes of reaching a comprehensive and lasting two-state solution, the Cabinet said.
On terrorism, the Cabinet renewed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in tens of deaths and injuries. The Cabinet voiced the Kingdom’s condolences to the victims’ families and its solidarity with the Afghan government in the face of all forms of terrorism.
Later, the Cabinet approved a series of decisions including the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom and Rwanda and a cooperation agreement in agriculture between the Kingdom and Russia. The Cabinet also authorized the Minister of Housing to discuss and sign a draft memo of understanding on housing and construction between the Kingdom and Tunisia.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.