King Salman denounces Israeli premier’s annexation threat

King Salman denounces Israeli  premier’s annexation threat
King Salman spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the telephone on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 13 September 2019

King Salman denounces Israeli premier’s annexation threat

King Salman denounces Israeli  premier’s annexation threat
  • It’s a very dangerous escalation against Palestinians, Saudi monarch tells Abbas in a call
  • Abbas expressed his appreciation of the Kingdom’s unwavering support for Palestine and its people

JEDDAH: King Salman reiterated on Thursday Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and categorical rejection of the Israeli prime minister’s stated intention to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected.

In a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Salman said Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration is a very dangerous escalation against the Palestinian people, and a flagrant violation of the UN charter and international norms.

The monarch added that Israel’s attempt to impose a fait accompli will not obscure the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

Abbas expressed his appreciation for the care and great importance that King Salman attaches to the Palestinian cause. 

The president also hailed the Kingdom’s consistent and firm stance toward Palestine and its people in regional and international summits and forums.

Abbas praised the Saudi call for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the level of foreign ministers to discuss and confront Netanyahu’s declaration.

Palestine’s Foreign Ministry urged the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel, the occupying power, to dissuade it from carrying out the annexation, and to hold it accountable for its grave breaches of international law.

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“The pillars of Israel’s ruling right-wing coalition … are doing their utmost in conspiring to speed up putting forward the issue of annexing the occupied West Bank or large parts of it as a hot topic in the public debate in Israel,” the ministry said in a statement.

It warned of the damage that Israel’s expansion of Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land is doing to prospects for peace based on a two-state solution.

“When will the (UN) Security Council and the states purporting to care for peace as per the principle of a two-state solution take practical measures to save the peace process and the two-state solution from the clutches of colonial settlement?” the ministry asked.

A spokesman for the UN secretary-general said Netanyahu’s vow would be a “serious violation of international law.” Stephane Dujarric also said the pledge would be “devastating” to the potential for peace with the Palestinians.

Russia warned that the move could sharply increase regional tensions. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had noted the Arab world’s “strongly negative reaction” to Netanyahu’s announcement.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry condemned Netanyahu’s plan as “contradicting international law and various UN resolutions, as well as threatening the continuation of the peace process.” The Indonesian government urged OIC countries to collectively respond to what it referred to as “dangerous announcement.”


Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases
Updated 51 min 23 sec ago

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 908 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 342

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,111.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,020 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 429,389 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 9,268 remain active and 1,352 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 342, followed by Makkah with 276, the Eastern Province with 133, Madinah recorded 56 and Asir confirmed 55 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 908 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 413,010.

The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions, especially during the Eid Al-FItr holiday, which starts on Thursday.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 160 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 3.33 million.


Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister
Updated 56 min 14 sec ago

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Wednesday telephoned his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Saudi Press Agency reported.
During the call, Prince Faisal affirmed the Kingdom stands in solidarity with India to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also discussed bilateral relations, aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries, and regional and international developments.


King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem
Updated 15 min 9 sec ago

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem
  • Speaking in a call with Pakistani PM Imran Khan, king says Saudi Arabia stands by the Palestinian people

RIYADH: King Salman said Saudi Arabia condemned Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and the acts of violence committed by Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque.
His comments came during a phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
King Salman said the Kingdom stands by the Palestinian people in order to obtain their legitimate rights.
During the call, Khan extended greetings to the king on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr, which starts on Thursday. The king thanked the premier and reciprocated the sentiments.
They also discussed the “distinguished relations between their two countries, and reviewed the latest regional and international developments.”


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq
Updated 12 May 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq
  • Saudi embassy in Baghdad said the gesture was a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people
  • At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured after a fire broke out on April 24

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered to rebuild a hospital in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, that was destroyed in a fire.
At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured after a fire broke out on April 24 at the Ibn Al-Khatib hospital that was designated for COVID-19 patients.
The Saudi embassy in Iraq made the announcement of the king’s directives “based on the ties of brotherhood, good neighborliness, and the historical relations between the two countries and peoples,” SPA said.
The embassy said the gesture was a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people and to stand by them following the hospital fire incident.
Saudi Arabia also said it will take on critical cases to provide them with medical care in the Kingdom’s hospitals at the king’s expense.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman greets Saudis, Muslims around the world on eve of Eid Al-Fitr

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman greets Saudis, Muslims around the world on eve of Eid Al-Fitr
Updated 12 May 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman greets Saudis, Muslims around the world on eve of Eid Al-Fitr

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman greets Saudis, Muslims around the world on eve of Eid Al-Fitr
  • King Salman said this Eid is an occasion to overcome the ordeal that the world has suffered from COVID-19
  • Saudi Arabia has been working to reject extremism and combat terrorism, the king said

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman extended greetings on Wednesday to Saudi citizens and residents and Muslims all over the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.
The statement was delivered by Acting Minister of Information Majid Al-Qasabi on behalf of the king.
The king said this Eid is an occasion to overcome the ordeal that the world has suffered from the health, social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
King Salman said he was “optimistic about the positive steps in place to achieve stability in the Arab world, so that security and prosperity prevail for all parts of the globe.”
Saudi Arabia, since its establishment by King Abdulaziz, has been working to reject extremism and combat terrorism, and has always stood with the international community to serve world security and restore peace, the king said.
On Muslim pilgrimage, the king said the Kingdom strives to serve and care for worshippers and pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah at the Two Holy Mosques, “a service that we are honored to do,” adding: “We are proud of our daughters’ contribution within the Hajj and Umrah security teams.”
He said the Saudi government has taken several measures this year and focused their attention on protecting them and providing them with the highest safety standards in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Combating this pandemic that has befallen the world requires all of us to adhere to the health measures announced by the Ministry of Health, including social distancing, and the need to receive the vaccine, which will work to immunize our dear community of citizens and residents,” the king said.
He added that the Kingdom will continue to work within the international community to confront this epidemic, stressing the Kingdom’s humanitarian role in preserving the achievements and to completely overcome all the effects of the pandemic.
King Salman also thanked those who are stationed in the military, civil and health agencies for spending Eid far away from their families.