Coronavirus spread to Jeddah officially a rumor

A girl wearing a mask looks out a car window as rain drops are seen in Taif, in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 22 November 2017

Coronavirus spread to Jeddah officially a rumor

JEDDAH: The Directorate of Health Affairs in Jeddah declared, according to Al-Hayat, that the recent news circulating on social media about the spread of coronavirus to Jeddah and a number of victims in private hospitals are nothing but rumors.

The directorate rebuffed these allegations saying: “We would like to assure you, nobody is infected in Jeddah.”

The directorate added: “All information about the coronavirus infection will be announced on the official site of the Health Ministry, daily updated and providing the most recent statistics and information.”


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.