King Salman receives greeting from Malaysia PM

King Salman meets Dr. Maszlee Malik, Malaysia’s education minister and the prime minister’s special envoy, in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 04 November 2019

King Salman receives greeting from Malaysia PM

  • The message was conveyed to the king during his meeting with Dr. Maszlee Malik

RIYADH: King Salman received greetings from Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The message was conveyed to the king during his meeting with Dr. Maszlee Malik, Malaysia’s education minister and the prime minister’s special envoy, in Riyadh on Sunday. The king sent greetings back.
On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by State Minister Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of State Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Saudi Ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud bin Hussein Qattan, among other officials from both countries.


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.