Dr. Raja Allah Al-Sulami, secretary-general of the Arab Football Federation

Dr. Raja Allah Al-Sulami
Updated 16 September 2019

Dr. Raja Allah Al-Sulami, secretary-general of the Arab Football Federation

Dr. Raja Allah Al-Sulami has been the secretary-general of the Arab Football Federation since December 2017.

Al-Sulami is also the deputy head for youth affairs at the Saudi General Sport Authority and a professor of communication skills at the Faculty of Communication and Media at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.

Previously, Al-Sulami was the general director of the president’s office at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, before it was renamed the General Sports Authority. He then became the sports authority media department’s general supervisor.

He was also the director of the media department at, and spokesperson for, the Jeddah Education Directorate between 2004 and 2011.

Al-Sulami had been a freelance radio and TV broadcaster since 1997, working with Jeddah Radio station, Arab Radio and Television Network and MBC Arabic.

He received his master’s from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and his doctorate from the Faculty of Communication and Media from the same university.

The Arab Football Federation General Assembly will hold its 25th meeting in Jeddah on Monday to elect its new president.

A meeting will be held before the election to discuss the federation’s upcoming activities, including the 2019/2020 Mohammed VI Champions Cup.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 28 min 47 sec ago

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.