UN envoy congratulates Saudi Arabia for brokering Yemen peace deal

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. (SPA)
Updated 08 November 2019

UN envoy congratulates Saudi Arabia for brokering Yemen peace deal

  • The crown prince reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to all efforts that serve the interests of the Yemeni people

RIYADH: Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, on Thursday congratulated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the success of the Kingdom’s efforts in Yemen that helped lead to the signing of the Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council

The crown prince reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to all efforts that serve the interests of the Yemeni people and contribute to the security and stability of the country. He also expressed hopes that the agreement will pave the way to broader agreements between the Yemeni people that result in a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis.

During their meeting, the two men discussed the latest developments in Yemen and the work that is being done to address them.

Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman, State Minister Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Chief of General Intelligence Khalid Al-Humaidan, and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber were also present at the meeting.
 


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.