King Salman receives African leaders in Makkah

King Salman received the presidents of Comoro Islands, Sudan and Gabon, and the UAE foreign minister at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2018

King Salman receives African leaders in Makkah

MAKKAH: King Salman received President Othman Ghazali of the United Comoro Republic, President Omar Hasan Al-Basheer of the Republic of Sudan, President Ali Bongo Ondimba of the Republic of Gabon and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the UAE, at Al-Safa Place in Makkah on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal and other senior officials.

On Wednesday, King Salman issued a directive to pay more than SR1.7 billion ($0.45 billion) to the beneficiaries of social security on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.

This was announced by Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, who thanked the king for his directive, which will help beneficiaries in meeting their needs during Eid Al-Fitr, and said that the directive reflects the care given by the king to the beneficiaries of social security.

Eligible beneficiaries of the social security program include widows, orphans, deserted family members, and people with temporary or permanent debilitating health conditions and disabilities.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.