Saudi FM receives head of Islamic science organization

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives Dr. Salim bin Mohammed Al-Malik in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 05 November 2019

Saudi FM receives head of Islamic science organization

RIYADH: The director general of Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Dr. Salim bin Mohammed Al-Malik, called on Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah at his office in Riyadh on Monday.
During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance cooperation between ISESCO and Saudi Arabia. The role of Saudi Arabia in supporting a joint Islamic action aimed at building a cultural, scientific and education system in the ISESCO member states was also reviewed.
Later, the foreign minister received a French Senate delegation. They discussed bilateral ties and other issues of mutual interest.


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.