Saudi Arabia calls on Iran to cooperate with nuclear inspectors

The Vienna International Centre, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is seen in Vienna, Austria, May 28, 2015. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 November 2019

Saudi Arabia calls on Iran to cooperate with nuclear inspectors

  • Praising the IAEA inspectors’ professionalism and transparency, Prince Abdullah stressed the need for Tehran to immediately cooperate with the agency in providing the information it required

VIENNA: Saudi Arabia called on Iran to fully cooperate with nuclear inspection teams monitoring its atomic energy activities.
The Kingdom has confirmed its support for the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after one of its inspectors was briefly prevented from leaving Iran last week.
The appeal came in a speech delivered by Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to Austria and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN and international organizations in Vienna, during a special session of the IAEA board of governors.
Praising the IAEA inspectors’ professionalism and transparency, Prince Abdullah stressed the need for Tehran to immediately cooperate with the agency in providing the information it required.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.