Saudi initiative exempts less-developed countries from $6bn debt

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the council of ministers’ weekly session. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the council of ministers’ weekly session. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the council of ministers’ weekly session. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the council of ministers’ weekly session. (SPA)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Saudi initiative exempts less-developed countries from $6bn debt

  • The figure was revealed during a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday chaired by King Salman

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has canceled $6 billion of debt owed to the Kingdom from the least developed countries.
The figure was revealed during a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday chaired by King Salman.
The Cabinet discussed the Kingdom’s cooperation with the international community to achieve stability and development and the humanitarian and economic role played by Saudi Arabia, particularly with its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The ministers referred to the “Kingdom’s debt pardoning initiative,” which had “exempted least developed countries from a total $ 6 billion debt.”
The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the attack in the town of Jafra in southern Libya, and the two suicide bombings in the capital of Tunisia and the Afghan capital. 
The Cabinet also reiterated the Kingdom’s condemnation of the terrorist massacres, brutal attacks and genocide being committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine State and other minorities in Kachin Shan province and other areas in northern Myanmar, which constitute one of the worst forms of terrorism against Muslim and other minorities. It reaffirmed the Kingdom’s call for urgent action to stop the violence and to offer the Rohingya in Myanmar their rights without segregation or apartheid.
The Cabinet praised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for assuring at the Future Investment Initiative 2018 last week that Saudi Arabia had made huge steps in enhancing and developing its economy during the past three years.
The ministers also commended the status that the Kingdom’s economy has reached, pointing to the growth of non-oil revenues by 48 percent at the end of the third quarter compared to the same period last year, and the growth of government spending by 25 percent at the end of the third quarter, compared to the same period last year.
The Cabinet praised the completion of the specialized judiciary system following the launching of general, specialized and labor courts to develop the judiciary sector.
The Cabinet welcomed the measures taken by the member states of Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, which designated nine individuals linked to the Taliban Movement, including Iranians, in addition to the designation made by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for four persons who provided sponsorship and financial and material support for Iran’s terrorist sabotage activities.


Three historical mosques in Hail to be restored under Saudi crown prince project

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Three historical mosques in Hail to be restored under Saudi crown prince project

  • The first phase of the Hail mosques started with Al-Jarad Mosque, Qafar Mosque and Al-Jal’ud Mosque
  • The project is supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

RIYADH: Three mosques in the region of Hail have joined the first phase of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Project for Developing Historical Mosques in the Kingdom, joining 30 historic mosques in 10 regions at a total cost of the first phase of more than SAR50 million ($13.3 million).
The project is supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) represented by “Restoration of Historic Mosques” in partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
The first phase of the Hail mosques started with Al-Jarad Mosque, Qafar Mosque and Al-Jal’ud Mosque at a total cost of SAR6,211,000.
Al-Jarad Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the historic town of Maghaydah and dates back to 1862 and was restored in 1962.
Prayer services continued in the mosque until 1991.
Prominent imams of the mosque include Abdul Aziz Rashid Al-Jamil, Salem Nasser Al-Jamil and Abdullah Hilal Al-Jamil.
Al-Jarad Mosque is built with mud and stone with a wooden roof. It covers 450 square meters and can accommodate 192 worshipers. It consists of the prayer area which is located in the central part of the mosque with an area of 90 square meters.
Al-Khalwah is an underground prayer area located in the southern part of the mosque with an area of 90 square meters. Al-Sarhah is the open area that lies north of the mosque with an area of 212 square meters, in addition to two entrances located in the northern and southern façades.
Qafar Mosque is located in the village of Qafar, which dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century.
The mosque was founded by Ruqayyah Bint Abdullah after the death of her husband. The mosque was renovated in 1965, where Friday prayers were held and people would come from nearby villages to pray in it.
Qafar Mosque is also built with mud and stone with a wooden roof. The total area of the mosque is 638 square meters and can accommodate 500 worshipers. The prayer area is located in the south of the mosque with an area of 175 square meters. Al-Sarha, which is the open courtyard, is located on the north side of the mosque. It is located on the north side of the mosque with an area of 300 square meters and a modern prayer area with an area of 178 square meters.
The mosque has a rectangular 8-meter-minaret as well as two depots southeast of the mosque.
A modern prayer area was built inside Al-Sarha in 1991, where prayer is held at the present time. Prominent imams of the mosque include Rashid Al-Salami, Sulaiman Rashid Al-Salami, Mohammad Iss+a Al-Khurais and Abdullah Nasser Al-Ghaithi. The present imam is Abdulmuhsin Al-Khwair.
Al-Jal’ud Mosque is located in the province of Samira, south-east of Hail. It dates back to the year eighteenth century and is a station on the pilgrimage route.
Al-Jal’ud Mosque is also built with mud and stone with a wooden roof with a total area of 227 square meters and accommodates up to 120 worshipers. The prayer area is in the middle of the mosque and is about 80 square meters. The mosque was rebuilt in 1928.
Ahmed bin Rajaa Al-Shammari, of SCTH, stressed that the directives approved the implementation of the first phase of the project on time and that the implementation should be of the highest quality.