OIC supports military action in Yemen

Updated 27 March 2015

OIC supports military action in Yemen

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed the military action in Yemen and slammed the Houthis for undermining the country’s legitimate government.
Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary general of the OIC, said here Thursday that military action was inevitable to save the country from “the chaos unleashed on it by the Houthi group and its repercussions for the entire region.” He said the OIC was following events with great concern.
Madani said the coalition forces would have to ensure that the country’s constitutionally mandated institutions are allowed to operate unfettered.
He said the OIC had warned repeatedly that the excesses of the Houthis would plunge the country into civil war, which would force certain groups to seek help from external forces and thus violate the nation’s constitution.
Madani said the Houthis had scuttled the national dialogue, the peace agreement and national partnership, and rejected the Gulf initiative on the peaceful transfer of power, which was sponsored by the United Nations and supported by the OIC and several international and regional organizations.
Madani reiterated that the OIC rejects interference in Yemen’s internal affairs as stipulated in its charter. He hoped that the operations now under way would restore stability and peace in the country, so that it takes its rightful place in the Islamic world.


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.