Saudi UN envoy stresses need to eliminate nuclear weapons

It is clear to everyone that nuclear reactors pose a threat even if they are used for peaceful purposes. (AP)
Updated 28 September 2018
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Saudi UN envoy stresses need to eliminate nuclear weapons

  • Iran used revenues from the lifting of sanctions to continue destabilizing the region

JEDDAH: The Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, has stressed the importance of efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.
The international community needs to adopt existing treaties, as well as legal and ethical frameworks, aimed at achieving a world free of nuclear weapons, he said.
“It is clear to everyone that nuclear reactors pose a threat even if they are used for peaceful purposes, especially if these reactors lack nuclear safety and security standards,” he added.
He expressed Saudi concern over Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor, located no more than 200 km from the Arabian Gulf coast, “especially as it is located on an active seismic line.”
Al-Mouallimi said: “Any radiation leakage will expose the region to serious danger to the air, desalination plants and food.”
He called on the international community, the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to urge Iran to comply with international law and nuclear safety standards.
He also urged the IAEA to issue periodic reports of countries’ readiness to cope with possible disasters caused by leakages in nuclear reactors, so as not to repeat the Chernobyl disaster.
Saudi support for the Iran nuclear deal was based on the Kingdom’s belief in the need to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and worldwide, he said.
But Iran used revenues from the lifting of sanctions to continue destabilizing the region, especially by developing ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist groups, including Hezbollah and the Houthis, who target civilians in the Kingdom and Yemen and repeatedly threaten international shipping lanes, he added.
Al-Mouallimi urged the international community to adopt a firm and united stance toward Iran and its destabilization of the region.
He called on Tehran to stop supporting terrorism, abide by UN Security Council resolutions on ballistic missiles, and stop interfering in the affairs of other countries in the region.


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.