Security tightened at Saudi Embassy in Iraq

Updated 06 January 2016
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Security tightened at Saudi Embassy in Iraq

RIYADH: Security has been tightened at the Saudi Embassy in Iraq after the attacks on the country’s diplomatic mission in Tehran.

This is according to Thamir bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan, the Kingdom’s ambassador in Baghdad. “Security measures have been further enhanced with the help of the local authorities,” he was quoted as saying by a local publication on Monday.
Al-Sabhan said these were precautionary measures and refuted reports that there had been attacks on the country’s embassy in Baghdad. Work at the mission was continuing as normal. There are more than 50 people working at the embassy including Iraqis, he said.
He said that the Kingdom was working with the Iraqi people to restore peace and security to the region, and fight terrorist groups.
Al-Sabhan was the first ambassador appointed in Iraq after 24 years. The Kingdom closed its embassy in Baghdad in 1991 after Saddam Hussein’s regime invaded Kuwait. Al-Sabhan is a former Saudi military attaché to Lebanon.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq have improved markedly since Haider Al-Abadi took over as prime minister in September 2014.
There have also been reports of the Kingdom strengthening security at its embassy in Lebanon. The embassy’s staff were notified that they should remain indoors to prevent being targeted by supporters of Iran in the country.


OIC, MWL welcome Saudi support for Afghan peace

King Salman welcomes Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Riyadh in 2017. (SPA)
Updated 24 min 55 sec ago
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OIC, MWL welcome Saudi support for Afghan peace

  • The MWL also hailed the statement issued by King Salman in this regard
  • On Wednesday, King Salman expressed his hope that Afghanistan would extend the truce that was announced at the end of Ramadan

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has hailed the great interest paid by King Salman to the affairs of the Islamic world and Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen praised the statement issued by the royal court on the truce agreement reached between the Afghan government and the Taliban and stressed its importance.

The Muslim World League also hailed the wise decision through the signing of a truce between them.

The praise came in a statement issued by its secretary-general Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa. The MWL also hailed the statement issued by King Salman in this regard.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on his Twitter account: “KSA will continue to support peace and political reconciliation in Afghanistan, and to provide assistance for efforts to establish a cease-fire that serves the interests of the Afghani people.”

He added: “KSA’s leading role as a leading country in the Muslim world is crucial for achieving peace and stability in the region and the world; which is vital to succeed in efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and violence.”

On Wednesday, King Salman expressed his hope that Afghanistan would extend the truce that was announced at the end of Ramadan.

King Salman said that he followed closely the cease-fire that was agreed between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban and hoped that such a step would be built on by all parties to reach a lasting peace in the country.

“The Afghan people have suffered extensively from long wars and the people of Afghanistan, like all people across the Muslim world, hope that the country turns the page on past discords and opens a new chapter based on tolerance, peace, the renunciation of violence and the protection of civilian life — based on Islamic teachings that call for unity, cooperation, righteousness, piety, forgiveness and reform,” the king said.

King Salman concluded by wishing that Afghans would put aside their differences and embrace peace in the interest of security and stability.