Saudi crown prince meets Yemeni MPs including new speaker in Riyadh

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the newly elected speaker of the Yemeni parliament in Al-Yamama Palace, Riyadh. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met MPs from the Yemeni parliament, which convened in April in eastern Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 30 April 2019
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Saudi crown prince meets Yemeni MPs including new speaker in Riyadh

  • Yemeni delegation included Sultan Al-Burkani, who was recently elected speaker of the parliament
  • Yemen's House of Representatives met for the first time in more than four years in April in the east of the country

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday with members of the Yemeni parliament.

The reception came just weeks after a rare convening of the House of Representatives on Yemeni soil attended by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Prince Mohammed shook hands with several members at Al-Yamama Palace including Sultan Al-Burkani, who was elected speaker during the session on 13 April held in Sayun, Hadramout province.

The crown prince welcomed the delegation and wished for their success in serving Yemen and its people. 

Al-Burkani thanked King Salman, the crown prince, and the Saudi government and people for their “sincere brotherly support.”

He also thanked the countries participating in the Arab Coalition in support of Hadi’s internationally recognized government, which has fought a more than four year war against the Houthi militia after they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.

Al-Burkani is a member of the General People’s Congress, the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed by the Iran-backed Houthis in December 2017. The General People’s Congress holds the most seats in the parliament.

The session this month was the first since the conflict started when Hadi was forced to flee Sanaa, and base the government in Aden in the south.

More than 130 members of the 301-seat assembly attended.


Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

Updated 17 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow its citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.