King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Iranian mourners attend the funeral of a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who was killed in violent demonstrations that erupted across Iran last week. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
Updated 24 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.

 

 

 

 

 


Makkah governor launches online Arabic poetry encyclopedia

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Makkah governor launches online Arabic poetry encyclopedia

  • The Umm Al-Qura University carried out the project
  • It contains information about 3,400 poets

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal launched the “first online Arabic poetry encyclopedia” at the principality’s head office in Makkah on Tuesday.

The Umm Al-Qura University carried out the project. The Makkah governor was briefed about the project, which involved 67 researchers of the Arabic Language Research Center.

It contains information about 3,400 poets dating back to the pre-Islamic era. The encyclopedia aims to create a reference for literary Arabic language and facilitate scientific research with a powerful search engine designed by the university’s Engineering Research Center. It will help researchers interested in acoustic, lexical, linguistic and artistic studies in Arabic poetry.

Umm Al-Qura University President Abdullah Bafail and other university officials attended the ceremony.