King Salman: Allah granted KSA the honor of serving pilgrims

King Salman
Updated 20 September 2017

King Salman: Allah granted KSA the honor of serving pilgrims

JEDDAH: King Salman on Tuesday thanked Almighty Allah for granting Saudi Arabia the honor of serving pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites.
Addressing a Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, he said since Saudi Arabia’s foundation, its kings have exerted maximum efforts to serve pilgrims and visitors, and will continue to do so as this is a source of pride for the country and its citizens.
The efforts of Hajj-related officials and agencies resulted in a successful, larger and epidemic-free pilgrimage this year, King Salman added.
The Cabinet congratulated the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoU) and cooperation projects between the Kingdom and China.
The Cabinet stressed the importance of King Salman’s speech at the Islamic Summit on Science and Technology in Kazakhstan, notably the need to overcome challenges facing Islamic nations by reviving knowledge based on developing education and encouraging scientific and technical research.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms, and of deadly terrorist attacks in friendly countries in recent days.
It condemned the brutal attacks and abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and urged the international community to take urgent action to stop the violence and uphold the rights of the Muslim minority.
The Cabinet said the Kingdom has supported the Rohingya at international forums, and has given $50 million for health and rehabilitation programs, as well as hosted them.
It lauded the arrest of a group of spies working for foreign parties to undermine Saudi security.
It also praised the foiling of a Daesh plot to target two Defense Ministry buildings in Riyadh. The suicide bombers were arrested before they reached the buildings.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with Russia a draft MoU on cooperation in mineral resources.
It approved two MoUs on cooperation between the Education Ministry and its counterparts in Malaysia and Afghanistan.
The Cabinet authorized the transport minister, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with Russia a draft cooperation agreement on sea transport.
It authorized the minister of culture and information, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with Ukraine a draft MoU on exchanging news between the two countries’ national news agencies.
The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah) and Portugal’s Council of Ministers in the area of archives and documents.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”