Labor, Islamic Affairs ministries discuss ways to further develop Saudi nonprofit sector

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh receives Dr. Tamader bint Youssef Al-Rammah, deputy minister of labor and social development, at his office in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 18 June 2019

Labor, Islamic Affairs ministries discuss ways to further develop Saudi nonprofit sector

RIYADH: Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh held a meeting with Dr. Tamader bint Youssef Al-Rammah, deputy minister of labor and social development at his office in Riyadh during which they discussed aspects of joint cooperation between their respective ministries to further develop the nonprofit sector in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Al-Rammah said that the two ministries could jointly work to promote moderate values in society. 

Recently, the Islamic Affairs Ministry successfully carried out a project in 35 countries around the world to promote Islamic values of moderation and tolerance. 

The program included scientific activities, preaching, advocacy, awareness lectures and training sessions.

The Saudi Labor Ministry is also taking steps for the empowerment of all citizens, including women and those with disabilities, to ensure a prosperous future for the country and achieve sustainable development.

It also aims to increase the nonprofit sector’s sustainable economic contribution to the gross domestic product from 0.3 to 0.6 percent, and the percentage of workers in the sector from 0.13 to 0.32 percent of the total workforce. 

 

 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.