Israeli law will hinder peace efforts, says Saudi Shoura council speaker

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Abdullah Al-Asheikh attends the 28th session of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union. (SPA)
Updated 22 July 2018
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Israeli law will hinder peace efforts, says Saudi Shoura council speaker

  • Saudi Arabia has provided the Palestinian people with more than $6 billion in aid since 2000
  • Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and the inevitability of the withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied Arab territories

JEDDAH: The Israeli Knesset’s approval of the so-called “Jewish nation-state law” will disrupt international efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abdullah Al-Asheikh, speaker of the Shoura Council, said.

Al-Asheikh called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and “reject this law or any other Israeli attempts aimed at devoting racial discrimination against the Palestinian people and the attempt to obliterate their national identity and their legitimate rights.”
In a speech during the opening session of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union at its 28th special session — held at the House of Representatives in Egypt — Al-Asheikh said that the emergency meeting was convened because of recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
The conference reflects the sense of gravity of the situation and its importance to the Palestinian cause, he said.
“Arabic, Islamic and peace-loving peoples hope that the solidarity with the Palestinian people translates into reality, providing Palestinians in general and Jerusalemites in particular safety, freedom and peace,” he said.
Al-Asheikh said that Saudi Arabia reaffirms the centrality of the Palestinian cause, the Arab identity of Jerusalem, the right of the state of Palestine to sovereignty over all the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and the inevitability of the withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied Arab territories, including the occupied Syrian Arab Golan.
He stressed the adherence to peace as a strategic option to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict in accordance with the Arab peace initiative adopted by the Beirut Arab Summit in 2002 as a unified Arab project that guarantees the legitimate rights of Palestinians.
Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom ranks first in the list of countries supporting Palestine, including humanitarian and development support. The Kingdom has provided the Palestinian people with more than $6 billion in aid since 2000.
The Jewish nation-state law “represents a serious turning point, a major decline in the efforts to push the peace process, and a violation of the US historical neutrality on the issue of Jerusalem, which will add to the complexity of the situation in the Palestinian territories.”
Heads of the Arab parliaments and councils lauded the role played by Saudi Arabia in the Palestinian cause as the current president of the Arab Summit, the outcome of the Jerusalem conference, the Dhahran Declaration, and the financial support for Jerusalem and the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees.


King Salman receives Saudi Grand Mufti, princes, and military leaders

Updated 21 August 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi Grand Mufti, princes, and military leaders

  • King Salman extends Eid Al-Adha greetings to Saudi citizens, pilgrims and senior officials
  • King Salman arrived in Mina on Monday to supervise services being provided to pilgrims

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday said it was an honor to serve fellow Muslims undertaking this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
The King made the comments as he and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the Kingdom’s princes, Grand Mufti, scholars, sheikhs, ministers, and military leaders participating in Hajj at the Royal Court in Mina Palace.
King Salman arrived in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah, on Monday, to supervise services being provided to almost 2.4 million pilgrims.
He greeted his visitors and all the Saudi citizens, as well as the pilgrims, on Eid Al-Adha.
“Dear brothers, Allah has honored our blessed country with the duty of serving pilgrims and providing them with the necessities to ensure they perform their rites safely and smoothly.
“Great lengths to serve them and ensure their comfort continues to be a source of pride for our country, since it was founded by the late King Abdul Aziz, and we will continue to perform this duty with the help and support of Allah.”
The King added: “My brothers and sons in the military, the pilgrims who have come to perform Hajj and Umrah, and the whole world, are seeing and experiencing your efforts in serving pilgrims, which is your duty and honor.
“These great sacrifices made by the Kingdom’s military sectors to defend the country and to protect its sanctities and capabilities are our pride.
“On this blessed day, we remember our martyrs and heroes, who sacrificed their lives for their religion and their country, and we ask Allah to bestow his mercy upon them and grant the wounded a fast recovery.
“We ask Allah to keep our country safe and secure, and to help us serve our religion and country.”
The gathering included senior guests from GCC countries and officials form the Saudi scouts officials who have come extend their greetings to the King on Eid Al-Adha,
Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, Assistant Minister of Interior for Operations Affairs and General Supervisor of Public Security, congratulated King Salman, the commander-in-chief of all the armed forces, on Eid Al-Adha on behalf of those who had provided security services during Hajj.
“The Hajj security forces have begun carrying out their tasks, which are focused on maintaining the security and safety of pilgrims, enabling them to perform the Hajj rituals, and providing them with the humanitarian assistance they need,” he said.
Earlier, King Salman said that serving Hajj pilgrims was: “The greatest honor that God has honored our country.”
“I call upon him to complement the pilgrims and to perpetuate good and peace for our nation and the rest of the country,” the Kingdom’s ruler posted in Arabic on his Twitter account.
Government data show that 2.371 million pilgrims are participating in this year’s Hajj, with 1.758 million of them coming from abroad.