Pakistan community in Riyadh raises issue of high family visa fee

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki and Pakistani Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique discussed matters of mutual interest. (Supplied photo)
Updated 31 August 2018
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Pakistan community in Riyadh raises issue of high family visa fee

  • Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki visits the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh
  • Pakistani Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique thanked him for the courtesy visit

RIYADH: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, visited the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh on Friday. Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique welcomed his guest and thanked him for the courtesy visit.

The ambassadors discussed matters of mutual interest and reiterated their commitment to play a role in further strengthening ties.

The ambassadors visited the newly constructed consular hall of the embassy and Al-Malki was briefed on details of consular services and facilities. The ambassador appreciated the standard of the services and the ambiance of the consular hall.

Applicants present in the consular hall, especially Pakistani expatriates, were happy to find the Saudi ambassador among themselves. They expressed their gratitude for the royal family and people of Saudi Arabia.

The Pakistani community also shared with the ambassadors some of the problems faced by them, most importantly high family visa fees charged by the Saudi Embassy in Pakistan.

Both ambassadors vowed to play an active role in addressing all community issues.

Al-Malki thanked people for their contribution in the development of the Kingdom over the years.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”