1,300 volunteers helping pilgrims at Prophet’s Mosque

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35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams. (SPA)
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35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams. (SPA)
Updated 11 May 2019

1,300 volunteers helping pilgrims at Prophet’s Mosque

  • 35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams

MADINAH: More than 1,300 volunteers are providing assistance around the clock to pilgrims at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during Ramadan.
Their efforts are part of a volunteering plan designed to provide health and humanitarian services to visitors. It was adopted by the president of the Saudi Red Crescent.
Khalid Al-Sahli, the official spokesman of the Saudi Red Crescent in Madinah, said that the plan includes seven advanced medical posts at the mosque during peak times, and others on the roads leading to it and in Madinah. In addition, 35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.