Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

Prince Sultan bin Salman patronized the event to mark 10 years since the founding of the society. (SPA)
Updated 30 May 2018

Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

  • Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Monday, patronized a celebration to mark 10 years since the founding of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia).

The ceremony, attended by board members, dignitaries, supporters and guests, began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. 

This was followed by a speech from Harakia Chairman Nasser bin Mohamed Al-Mutawa, who thanked Prince Sultan for patronizing the ceremony.

Al-Mutawa highlighted Prince Sultan’s support for people with special needs, and said Harakia has over the last 10 years carried out programs and services benefiting more than 120,000 physically disabled people nationwide, at a cost of more than SR90 million ($24 million). 

Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards, he added.

In his speech, Prince Sultan hailed King Salman for his support of people with special needs, following in the footsteps of the Kingdom’s founders. 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 58 min 4 sec ago

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.