King Salman receives grand mufti, governors and scholars

King Salman receives grand mufti, senior scholars, governors of different regions and citizens at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 03 December 2018
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King Salman receives grand mufti, governors and scholars

  • Pakistani envoy calls on king to bid farewell

RIYADH: King Salman received governors of different regions, grand mufti of the Kingdom, scholars and citizens at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. 

The reception began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an.  A number of senior ministers and top officials attended the meeting.

Separately, the outgoing Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Khan Hasham bin Siddique, called on the king to bid farewell. 

Abdulrahman Al-Issa, chief of the royal court and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani were also present during the meeting.

Saudi Arabia’s long-standing and comprehensive relationship with Pakistan operates at many levels and in many areas, including trade, governance and values, health, education and culture besides politics and security. The two countries also work together extensively at the international level, within the framework of several bilateral, regional and global organizations including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The bilateral relationship has grown further since Pakistan joined the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT). The IMAFT, created by Saudi Arabia in December 2015 to combat Daesh and other terror groups, has 39 members.

 

 


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.