At Makkah summit, Palestinian right to statehood affirmed, Iranian aggression denounced

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Updated 01 June 2019

At Makkah summit, Palestinian right to statehood affirmed, Iranian aggression denounced

  • The OIC supported ‘an independent and sovereign Palestinian State’
  • The OIC rejected US decision to relocated its embassy to Jerusalem

MAKKAH: Heads of Islamic countries renewed their commitment to the Palestinian cause, early Saturday at a gathering at Islam’s holiest site, and reiterated the Palestinians’ right to statehood.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) supported the Palestinians to “attain their inalienable national rights, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” said a statement by the organization.

The OIC also rejected any solution that does not secure the Palestinian people’s rights and rejected Washington’s relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem.

“Palestine is our main issue until the Palestinians get their rights,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said opening the Islamic summit in Makkah, as throngs of worshippers crowded the Grand Mosque for a key date in the Ramadan calendar.

“We reaffirm our unequivocal rejection of any measures that would prejudice the historical and legal status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif,” the king said referring to the third holiest site in Islam.

We want an integral solution that would preserve the Palestinians’ rights in accordance with the borders of 67, said Jordan’s King Abdullah, in his remarks to the leaders. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also urged the creation of a Palestinian state within the 67 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. 

Arab and Islamic nations have been attending three summits in two days to discuss regional issues, including a growing threat to Middle East security by Iran.

King Salman also reiterated that efforts must be made to confront terrorism and those who sponsor it. 

The  king put the blame of recent attacks on oil tankers off the UAE coast squarely on Iranian-backed terrorist groups.

“During this holy month, commercial vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were subjected near the UAE's territorial waters to terrorist sabotage. This poses a serious threat to the security and safety of maritime traffic and regional and international security. Also, two oil pump stations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were attacked by drones launched by Iranian-backed terrorist militias,” said the king.

We emphasize that these subversive terrorist acts not only target the Kingdom and the Gulf region, but also the security of navigation and world energy supplies.”

“We hope that the Summit will achieve the aspirations of the Islamic countries for progress, development and prosperity,” the king told leaders and heads of states of 57 countries of the OIC.

 

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‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

Updated 20 February 2020

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability. 

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting http://wusool.sa.