Expats ‘feel safer’ in Kingdom than homeland

Updated 19 August 2015
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Expats ‘feel safer’ in Kingdom than homeland

RIYADH: Expatriates feel Saudi Arabia is a safer place than their home countries despite the fact that the Kingdom is leading a war against the Yemeni rebels and other terror organizations and a couple of suicide attacks in the recent past.
Mahmoud Talaat, an Egyptian IT manager, said that being in KSA is such a pleasure. “I came to Saudi Arabia after the uprising in 2011. There was chaos in Egypt at that time. When I arrived in the Kingdom, I found peace and safety.”
Elham M., a Yemeni woman, said that in view of the prevailing circumstances in her country, the Kingdom is definitely a much safer place than the home country. “Saudi Arabi is my land and the way (Saudi) soldiers are sacrificing their lives for the safety of another country (Yemen) is beyond description,” a visibly emotional Elham added.
A Sudanese, who requested anonymity, said he enjoys staying in the Kingdom. Asked about the new developments in KSA, he said if he did not read it in the news, he wouldn’t have thought that there was Saudi Arabia was in war with Yemen. “Despite all this, the Kingdom is the safest country in the region.”
Persad P. a Sri Lankan citizen, said that when he chose Saudi Arabia to be his first destination. “Although there is war on the borders, we feel very safe inside the country.”
Nagwa Mousa, an Egyptian doctor, said Operation Decisive Storm and the relief works in Yemen reflect the humanitarian gesture of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.


Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

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Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.