Saudi envoy discusses Yemen peace initiative with his UN counterparts

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al-Mouallimi meets with permanent representatives of a number of UN Security Council member states. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al-Mouallimi meets with permanent representatives of a number of UN Security Council member states. (SPA)
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Updated 26 March 2021

Saudi envoy discusses Yemen peace initiative with his UN counterparts

Saudi envoy discusses Yemen peace initiative with his UN counterparts
  • Al-Mouallimi and fellow ambassadors discussed the plan's key issues and how best to move forward
  • He also met with representatives of member countries of the OIC Contact Group on the Rohingya

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, met his counterparts from a number of UN Security Council member states on Thursday to discuss the Kingdom’s latest initiative to end the crisis in Yemen.
The Saudi peace plan, announced by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Monday, includes a comprehensive cease-fire and the reopening of Sanaa airport. It would also ease restrictions on Hodeidah port and restart the political process in the country.
Al-Mouallimi and the other ambassadors discussed the key issues addressed by the Saudi plan, and the best ways to move forward with the peace process in an effort to support the initiative and its implementation through the auspices of the Security Council and the wider UN.
The Saudi envoy said the initiative reflects the Kingdom’s desire to ensure the security and stability of Yemen and the region, and to secure a real and practical peace deal that can end the crisis and the human suffering it is causing.
He added that Saudi Arabia and the other Arab coalition countries will continue to support the Yemeni people and their legitimate government, undertake their humanitarian role in an effort to alleviate suffering, support all efforts to bring about peace, security and stability in the country, and work to move on to a new phase that develops and improves the lives of Yemenis.
Meanwhile, Al-Mouallimi also met with member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on the Rohingya crisis.
During the meeting, they discussed the impact of the current political developments in Myanmar on the humanitarian situation of the Muslim Rohingya minority.
The OIC Contact Group on the Rohingya at the UN is led by Saudi Arabia and includes the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Turkey, Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, and Senegal.


Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 986 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 986 new cases
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Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 986 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 986 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 1,076 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • 14 mosques temporarily closed after 14 people tested positive for coronavirus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,085.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 986 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 427,370 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 9,469 remain active and 1,341 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 339, followed by Makkah with 283, the Eastern Province with 131, Asir recorded 52 and Madinah confirmed 50 cases.

The health ministry also announced that 1,076 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 410,816.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs temporary closed 14 mosques in seven regions after 14 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed to 1,121 within 93 days, 1,098 of which have reopened after being sterilized.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 159 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 3.31 million.

 


Saudi Arabia applies institutional quarantine for unvaccinated non-citizens coming from non-banned countries

Saudi Arabia applies institutional quarantine for unvaccinated non-citizens coming from non-banned countries
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Saudi Arabia applies institutional quarantine for unvaccinated non-citizens coming from non-banned countries

Saudi Arabia applies institutional quarantine for unvaccinated non-citizens coming from non-banned countries

RIYADH: All non-citizens arriving in Saudi Arabia who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 must quarantine for a minimum of seven days, the interior ministry said on Monday.
The measures will come into force on May 20. People from a list countries currently banned from traveling to the Kingdom will still not be allowed to visit.
Unvaccinated visitors to the Kingdom will also have to present a valid health insurance document approved by Saudi authorities to cover the risks of the coronavirus.
Some groups will be exempt from the quarantine upon arrival in the country, provided they apply precautionary measures approved by the Ministry of Health. They include:

  • Citizens, their spouses and children, along with domestic workers accompanying them.
  • Unvaccinated domestic workers accompanying a vaccinated resident.
  • Immunized travelers
  • Official delegations
  • Individuals carrying a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their families residing with them
  • Airline, sea crews, and truck drivers and their assistants
  • Individuals involved in health supply chains

The Public Health Authority (Weqaya) said quarantine would apply for those who had received the approved vaccine doses less than 14 days before their arrival in the Kingdom.
For those in quarantine, a PCR test must be taken on the first and seventh day from arrival.
Visitors who have been vaccinated will be required to submit a PCR test certificate within 72 hours of leaving for the Kingdom. Children aged eight and under are exempt.
The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said it had implemented new procedures for the arrival of unvaccinated travelers to the Kingdom.
The quarantine will be at the travelers expense and will be included in the price of the air ticket.
GACA said air carriers were obliged to work with hotels approved by the Ministry of Tourism to accommodate the quarantined visitors.


Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers condemn Israel for undermining Palestinian rights

Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers condemn Israel for undermining Palestinian rights
Updated 10 May 2021

Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers condemn Israel for undermining Palestinian rights

Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers condemn Israel for undermining Palestinian rights
  • Egypt condemns Israeli forces for storming Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Egypt on Monday condemned Israel for undermining Palestinian rights as days of clashes in Jerusalem erupted into an exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza.

The comments came after talks between Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on developments in Jerusalem.

The ministers discussed “the rapid developments in the Palestinian arena, and the recent Israeli incursions into the compounds of the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Ahmed Hafez, the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman, said.

Shoukry briefed Prince Faisal on and Egyptian statement calling on Israel to “assume its responsibility to stop these violations in accordance with the rules of international law, and to provide the necessary protection for Palestinian civilian.”

The two ministers also affirmed their rejection of all illegal practices aimed at undermining legitimate Palestinian rights.

During the call, they also reviewed relations between their countries, and ways to enhance cooperation, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

Earlier on Monday, Egypt strongly condemned Israeli forces for storming Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, expelling Palestinian worshippers from inside the compound, and denying them access.

The foreign ministry called on Israel to assume its responsibility regarding these rapid and dangerous developments, “which will lead to more tension and escalation.”

More than 300 people were wounded on Monday in renewed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the compound, ahead of an Israeli celebration of its 1967 takeover of Jerusalem.

Egypt also stressed the need to stop all practices that violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa, especially during Ramadan.

“This is in line with the rules of international law and in order to provide all types of protection for Palestinian civilians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the rest of East Jerusalem, while not targeting the Arab, Islamic and Christian identity of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

The violence since Friday has been Jerusalem’s worst since 2017, fueled by a long-running bid by Jewish settlers to evict several Palestinian families from the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

A Supreme Court hearing on a Palestinian appeal in the case originally set for Monday was pushed back by the justice ministry due to the tensions.

The UN Security Council held an informal meeting at Tunisia’s request on Monday on the unrest and Arab League foreign ministers and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said they will hold emergency sessions on Tuesday.

(With AFP)


Arab coalition intercepts drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward Abha airport in Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition forces intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward Abha International Airport. (SPA)
Arab coalition forces intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward Abha International Airport. (SPA)
Updated 10 May 2021

Arab coalition intercepts drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward Abha airport in Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition forces intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward Abha International Airport. (SPA)
  • Arab coalition calls it a hostile and brutal act
  • Thousands of multi-national travelers pass through Abha airport daily

RIYADH: The Arab coalition said on Monday evening it intercepted and shot down a booby-trapped drone in the southern region launched by the Houthi militia in Yemen, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drone was launched “in a deliberate and systematic way to target travelers at Abha International Airport, through which thousands of civilian travelers of different nationalities pass through daily.”
Col. Al-Maliki said some shrapnel fell in the airport’s inner compound as a result of the interception. No injuries were reported among travelers or airport staff, but damage was caused to three buses whose windows shattered. 
Al Al-Maliki said coalition forces will continue to implement strict measures to confront these terrorist acts and immoral abuses by the Houthi militia, and to ensure that civilians and civilian objects are protected.
“The terrorist elements responsible for planning and executing out this hostile attack will be held accountable in accordance with international humanitarian law,” Al-Maliki added.
On Sunday, coalition forces intercepted and destroyed a Houthi drone launched toward the southern city of Khamis Mushait.
The Houthi militia has stepped up attempts to target civilian and economic objects in Saudi Arabia, amid mounting international and Arab condemnation.
The Houthis have struck Abha airport a number of times in recent years, killing one person, injuring dozens and on one occasion causing a passenger aircraft to catch fire.


Turkish foreign minister arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

Turkish foreign minister arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks
Updated 10 May 2021

Turkish foreign minister arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

Turkish foreign minister arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

RIYADH: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Riyadh on Sunday for a two-day visit. 

He will discuss bilateral matters and regional issues in talks with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.