KSA strives to protect Yemeni children: Envoy

Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the United Nations Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. (SPA)
Updated 05 August 2019

KSA strives to protect Yemeni children: Envoy

  • Al-Mouallimi said Iran’s support for sectarian militias in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen is an example of the deliberate abuse of children

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN has affirmed the Kingdom’s determination to take all measures to protect children in the Yemeni conflict.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said Saudi Arabia is working with the coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government to form a child protection unit in coordination with the UN.
He expressed Saudi support for the UN’s mission to protect children in armed conflicts, and condemned the deliberate killing, wounding, arbitrary detention and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces.
Al-Mouallimi said Iran’s support for sectarian militias in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen is an example of the deliberate abuse of children. He added that Tehran indoctrinates and arms children.
He affirmed the coalition’s commitment to cooperate fully with the UN and Yemeni authorities in order to rehabilitate Yemeni children recruited by the Iran-backed Houthi militias. 


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.