New center for Iranian studies launched in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mohammad Alsulami announces the launch of Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian Studies.
Updated 14 March 2018

New center for Iranian studies launched in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies has launched an institute to conduct in-depth research and monitor the global media, said a statement issued here on Tuesday.
The new center Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian Studies will hold several intensive and intermediate courses approved by the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Education, observed by strategic and linguistic experts from inside and outside Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Mohammad Alsulami, who previously initiated the Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies, is the driving force behind this new initiative.
In addition to the continuation of previous research partnerships conducted by the Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies with different research institutions, the International Institute for Iranian Studies aspires to expand partnerships with government and private institutions interested in the Iranian affairs.


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

Updated 06 August 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.