US-Saudi partnership critical to confronting Iran, Pompeo says after Prince Faisal meeting

US-Saudi partnership critical to confronting Iran, Pompeo says after Prince Faisal meeting
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, at the State Department in Washington. (AFP)
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Updated 13 February 2020

US-Saudi partnership critical to confronting Iran, Pompeo says after Prince Faisal meeting

US-Saudi partnership critical to confronting Iran, Pompeo says after Prince Faisal meeting
  • US secretary of state says he was glad to meet with Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on regional security issues

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Washington Wednesday.

Following the meeting, Pompeo said on Twitter that it was "past time" that Iran lived up to its commitment to global regulations regarding money laundering and financing of terror, calling on Tehran to ratify both the Palermo Convention and Terrorist Financing Convention.

Pompeo also praised American and Saudi relations, saying: "The US-Saudi partnership is critical as we confront Iran's destabilizing behavior. We also share an interest in de-escalation in Yemen. Glad to meet with Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on these regional security issues."

 


Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected

Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected
Updated 18 January 2021

Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected

Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected
  • Citizens and residents are eligible to receive the vaccine through Sehaty app
  • Saudi Arabia started its inoculation campaign on Dec. 17

RIYADH: Almost 300,000 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said on Sunday.
“The vaccine is the key and the powerful weapon that will make us healthy,” ministry spokesperson Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.
He said citizens and residents who have a valid national identity number or residence number are eligible to receive the vaccine through the “Sehaty” app.
Al-Abd Al-Aly also said that no side effects of the vaccine have been detected so far.
“The indicators of recording confirmed cases, recoveries and critical cases in the Kingdom are moving toward positivity and decline,” he told reporters.
Saudi Arabia started its inoculation campaign on Dec. 17 and was the first Arab country to use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Saudi Arabia confirmed 176 new cases on Sunday, raising the total to 364,929 cases, of which 1,919 are active cases still receiving medical care, and 319 critical cases.
The Kingdom also confirmed five deaths related to the virus in the previous 24 hours and 146 people had recovered.
Al-Abd Al-Aly added that centers and facilities affiliated with the Ministry of Health are continuing to provide health services, including conducting tests and examinations, across the Kingdom.