Saudi king reaffirms support for Palestine

In this photo released by Al-Ekhbariya, Saudi King Salman, right, receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (Al-Ekhbariya via AP)
Updated 21 December 2017

Saudi king reaffirms support for Palestine

JEDDAH: King Salman met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the king reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s longstanding support for the Palestinian cause, and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. The two leaders also explored the latest developments in the Palestinian territories.
On Thursday, the 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency session, at the request of Arab and Muslim countries, to vote on a draft resolution that was vetoed by the US on Monday in the 15-member Security Council.
The other 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.” 
Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said he expected “overwhelming support” for the measure stating that Jerusalem is an issue “to be resolved through negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians.
“On self-determination I expect we’ll get the support of around 180 countries, on sovereignty the vote will be in the 160 area, and on Jerusalem I expect 170 countries will vote with us in opposition to the US veto,” he told Arab News.


Operation to separate Libyan Siamese twins begins in Saudi Arabia

A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate Siamese twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
Updated 38 min 54 sec ago

Operation to separate Libyan Siamese twins begins in Saudi Arabia

  • The success rate of the operation is estimated at 70 percent

RIYDAH: An operation headed by a Saudi medical team to separate Libyan Siamese twins began on Thursday at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.

A 35-member medical and surgical team – led by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah – began the operation to separate Siamese twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning.

The success rate of the operation, which takes up to 15 hours and is performed through 11 stages, is estimated at 70 percent.