Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Eritrean President

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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 23 July 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Eritrean President

JEDDAH: King Salman on Monday received the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Jeddah.
King Salman and the Eritrean leader discussed issues of mutual interest and ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields. The two leaders also reviewed recent regional developments.
The meeting was followed by a banquet held in the honor of the visiting dignitary. The reception and banquet were attended by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Mohammed, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdul Aziz, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz and other senior princes.
Later, Afwerki also met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. They discussed bilateral ties and regional and global developments.
Earlier this month, Eritrean President visited the UAE where he held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shiekh Mohammed bin Zayed.


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.

FASTFACTS

• 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.