King Abdullah among most powerful people

Updated 08 November 2014

King Abdullah among most powerful people

Forbes magazine has ranked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as the most powerful person in the region, and 11th on its world list.
In a media statement, Forbes Magazine-Middle East said that King Abdullah was chosen several times over the years as one of the most influential people in the world because of his decisive decisions and contribution to global peace and security.
Forbes ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin as its most powerful person, followed by US President Barack Obama in second and Chinese President Xi Jinping third.
King Abdullah ascended the throne on Aug. 1, 2005, following the death of King Fahd. During his reign, King Abdullah has been responsible for significant social, economic, cultural and political reforms. This includes empowering women politically, granting foreign scholarships to thousands of students, building economic cities and constructing specialized hospitals.
Forbes magazine listed 17 outstanding heads of state, and 39 chief executive officers of companies that have generated SR13.5 trillion in annual revenues.
Pope Francis is fourth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel fifth, Billionaire Bill Gates sixth, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi seventh, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page in eighth and ninth, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron 10th.
Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked 15th. Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani came in at 36th, and President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at 37th place.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.