Diplomatic Quarter: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree to strengthen parliamentary friendship ties

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2019

Diplomatic Quarter: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree to strengthen parliamentary friendship ties

RIYADH: Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz on Monday met with Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh to discuss bilateral cooperation and ways to enhance them.

“They focused on how to mobilize parliamentary relations among Pakistan’s National Assembly, the Senate and the Saudi Shoura Council, and discussed how to make the Pak-Saudi Parliamentary Friendship Committee more effective so that it could play a role in furthering the relations of the two brotherly countries,” a statement from the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah said.

Members of the Saudi-Pakistani Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shoura Council held a meeting last week.

Moreover, Al-Asheikh visited Pakistan in April this year to further bilateral ties, and in December last year, a Pakistani delegation led by chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, visited Saudi Arabia on Al-Asheikh’s invitation.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan envoy last week briefed prominent Saudi editors and journalists on the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh said: “The ambassador talked about the genesis of the Kashmir dispute and highlighted UN Security Council resolutions that promised the right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan after New Delhi on Aug. 5 revoked the special constitutional status of the disputed Himalayan region under its administrative control by abolishing Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

Islamabad reacted with fury at India’s decision, cutting trade and transport ties and expelling the Indian ambassador.

Ejaz said that the Indian decision to repeal Article 370 was primarily meant to change the demographics of Kashmir.

He reiterated Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support for the Kashmiri people and highlighted that former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru also made a commitment to decide the fate of the state as per the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

Updated 15 August 2020

Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.