Prince Khalid bin Salman praises Iraq as one of the ‘strongest pillars of the Arab world’

The prince's comments came on the same day as the Kingdom announced it was refilling its ambassador to Iraq position. (File/AFP)
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Updated 24 May 2020

Prince Khalid bin Salman praises Iraq as one of the ‘strongest pillars of the Arab world’

  • The prince's comments came on the same day as the Kingdom announced it was refilling its ambassador to Iraq position

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman praised Iraq as a "strong and resilient pillar of the Arab world” in a tweet posted on Saturday.

“We look forward to Iraq rising from the ashes to regain its status as one of the strong and resilient pillars of the Arab world, and for its people to live the life they deserve with peace and well-being,” he tweeted.

“The Kingdom stands with Iraq to support it in its journey towards progress, peace and brotherhood with its Arab neighbors, for the benefit of Iraq and its dear people.”

The prince's comments came on the same day as the Kingdom announced it was refilling its ambassador to Iraq position, as well as Iraq reaching an agreement with Saudi companies to invest in the Okaz gas fields. 


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

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280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.