King Salman and Tunisian President hold bilateral talks

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 31 March 2019

King Salman and Tunisian President hold bilateral talks

  • Two agreements were signed by Saudi Arabia and Tunisia
  • President Essebsi awarded King Salman the republic’s medal, the highest official award

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held bilateral talks at the Carthage Palace in Tunisia on Friday. 

During the meeting, King Salman and President Essebsi discussed bilateral cooperation and ways of enhancing and developing them. They also reviewed regional and international developments.

King Salman and President Essebsi witnessed the signing of two agreements between Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

An agreement was signed for a developmental loan to fund projects to protect cities and urban areas from flooding in Tunisia.

Another agreement was signed in relation to Saudi exports to The Tunisian Company of the Refining Industries (STIR).

The agreements were signed by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf and Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui. 

King Salman and President Essebsi also launched three projects in Tunis on Friday. They include the restoration of the Uqba bin Nafe mosque and the city of Utaiqah in Kairouan, the King Salman project to restore the Al-Zaytuna mosque, and the building of the King Salman bin Abdulaziz University hospital in Kairouan.

President Essebsi also awarded King Salman the republic’s medal, the highest official award.

King Salman presented President Essebsi with the King Abdulaziz Medal.

A luncheon was also held in honour of King Salman.

The king will head Saudi Arabia’s delegation at the 30th Arab League summit that will take place in Tunis on Sunday. 

His visit comes as a response to an invitation by President Essebsi. 

Essebsi said on Thursday that King Salman’s visit confirms that relations between Saudi Arabia and Tunisia are at the highest level. 


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.