Saudi Arabia condemns intervention in domestic affairs of states

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh addresses during the 15th session of the Conference of the Federation of  Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (SPA)
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Updated 01 February 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns intervention in domestic affairs of states

  • Kingdom to address future challenges during G20 summit: Shoura speaker

RIYAHD: The Kingdom condemns intervention in the domestic affairs of states and support for terrorist forces and armed militias that target the region’s states and undermine their institutions, the Saudi Press Agency reported the speaker of the Shoura Council saying.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh was addressing the 15th session of the Conference of the Federation of  Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The conference declared its commitment to the fundamental principles of the OIC, especially with regard to not intervening with the domestic affairs of others, respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states, and peacefully settling differences through dialogue.
The Ouagadougou Declaration also emphasized its determination to continue the positive and effective contributions to the work of the UN and its specialized agencies, including the establishment of world peace and regional security as well as respecting human rights and state sovereignty.
The declaration stressed the international community’s responsibility to resolve the conflict in the Middle East by enabling Palestinians to exercise their legitimate rights and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to creating conditions for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland in accordance with the relevant international legitimacy resolutions.
Al-Asheikh said Palestine was the Kingdom’s primary cause and commanded the greatest attention in its foreign policies.
The speaker said that the humanitarian situation in Yemen required a serious stand from the international community to put an end to the tragedy, as the Houthi militia continued to deviate from the internationally recognized government in Yemen in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2216 and continued to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The speaker said that Saudi Arabia was committed during its G20 presidency to promoting global consensus and cooperation with the group’s partners to address future challenges. The next G20 summit will be held in Riyadh in November.


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.