KSA becomes member of ACSAD’s executive council

The meetings discussed joint Arab work toward achieving sustainable agricultural development. (SPA)
Updated 02 July 2018

KSA becomes member of ACSAD’s executive council

  • The meetings discussed issues related to works and activities of the center, as well as the joint Arab work toward achieving sustainable agricultural development

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has been elected as a member of the executive council of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) for the next two years, at the 34th session of its general assembly held in Cairo.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Dr. Ezzeddin Abu Setit and it was attended by a number of Arab ministers of agriculture, the Arab League, and Saudi Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs Dr. Osama bin Ibrahim Faqiha on behalf of the minister of environment, water and agriculture.
The meetings discussed issues related to works and activities of the center, as well as the joint Arab work toward achieving sustainable agricultural development and maximizing the use of the center and its efforts in implementing important projects, activities and studies. During a meeting with the ACSAD chief Dr. Rafiq Saleh, the Saudi officials discussed ways to increase cooperation between the Kingdom and the center.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.