Saudi Arabia to ‘stabilize global economy’ during G20 summit

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN. (SPA)
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Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Arabia to ‘stabilize global economy’ during G20 summit

  • Al-Mouallimi praised the role of Palestine, which currently chairs the Group of 77, in defending member states’ causes, achieving their goals and maintaining cooperation between members

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, affirmed that the Kingdom will, through its G20 presidency, enhance cooperation and find international consensus on potential economic issues.
This came in a speech delivered by Al-Mouallimi during the meeting of the Group of 77 and China at the UN headquarters in New York.
“Saudi Arabia will also work to achieve stability in the global economy, develop effective policies to attain sustainable and balanced development, and create opportunities to raise living standards and well-being among the peoples of the world,” said Al-Mouallimi.
He praised the role of Palestine, which currently chairs the Group of 77, in defending member states’ causes, achieving their goals and maintaining cooperation between members.
He congratulated Guyana for serving as the next chair of the group for this year, and reiterated Saudi support in this regard. 


Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia ready to confront health epidemics

Updated 10 min 19 sec ago

Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia ready to confront health epidemics

  • The Kingdom has gained experience in dealing with millions of peoples, says crowd expert

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced its readiness to deal with any epidemic cases. It said that it will provide all necessary information to pilgrims and has doubled cleaning times of the courtyards and corridors of the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

The presidency said that it is raising media awareness in all languages and through informative screens to distribute the latest medical instructions and emergency developments.

Abdulhamid Al-Maliki, assistant undersecretary for services affairs at the presidency, told Arab News that the Two Holy Mosques are collaborating with public health authorities to face all possible situations.

Al-Maliki said that he has been working hand-in-hand with governmental and private agencies to distribute masks and hand sanitizer.

He added that coordination has been made with public health-related bodies to mobilize the necessary media coverage to inform all pilgrims of different nationalities wherever they may be.

The assistant undersecretary said that responding to all instructions and advice is necessary for the best handling of health issues.

Crowd expert Akram Jan said that Saudi Arabia has gained experience in dealing with crowds and millions of people, and that it was prepared to handle several sudden scenarios as well as the most difficult situations with success.

Jan said that the difficulties that accompany the presence of viruses — such as the new coronavirus — are their ability to spread and infect through contact or sneezing. He added that the Kingdom is taking precautionary measures to prevent a disaster from happening.

 

Disinfection

The floors of Makkah’s Grand Mosque are washed and disinfected four times daily as part of measures to ensure the safety of pilgrims and visitors.

Highly qualified cadres use the best technology and cleaning and sanitizing tools, said Jaber Widaani, director of the mosque’s department of disinfection and carpets. 

There are 13,500 prayer rugs at the mosque, all of which are swept and fragranced on a daily basis, he added.

Since the new coronavirus emerged in December 2019 in central China, it has sickened 82,000 people globally, with more than 2,700 deaths. The illness it causes was named COVID-19, a reference to its origin late last year.

Middle East countries have been implementing measures to protect their citizens and residents from the rising coronavirus cases.

On Thursday, Dubai’s Emirates announced a temporary ban on carrying Umrah pilgrims and tourists from nearly two dozen countries to Saudi Arabia.

The announcement came after the Kingdom placed a temporary ban on pilgrims from entering the country to perform Umrah, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Nearly 7 million Umrah pilgrims visit the Kingdom each year, the majority of whom arrive at airports in Jeddah and Madinah.