Saudi FM meets foreign ambassadors in Riyadh

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf meets Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 03 August 2019

Saudi FM meets foreign ambassadors in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf has held a series of meetings in Riyadh with foreign ambassadors designated to the Kingdom.

He met Sudanese Ambassador Abdelazim Mohammed Al-Sadiq, and also Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy and Swedish Ambassador Jan Knutsson, who came to bid farewell to the Saudi minister on the occasion of the end of their tenures as ambassadors of their countries in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Assaf expressed appreciation for the efforts by the ambassadors in strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between the Kingdom and their countries.

Al-Assaf also received Guinea-Bissau Ambassador-Designate to the Kingdom Mamadou Sano.

During the meeting, he received from the ambassador a copy of his credentials as a nonresident ambassador of Guinea-Bissau to the Kingdom in preparation for submitting it to King Salman.


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.