Saudi minister receives VP of CSIS think tank

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir receives Jon B. Alterman in Riyadh.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir receives Jon B. Alterman in Riyadh.
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Updated 11 November 2021

Saudi minister receives VP of CSIS think tank

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir receives Jon B. Alterman in Riyadh.
  • The meeting was attended by the director general of the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Adel Al-Amrani

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir on Wednesday received Jon B. Alterman, the vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, director of its Middle East program, and its Zbigniew Brzezinski chair of global security and geostrategy.
During their meeting in Riyadh, they reviewed the Kingdom’s foreign policy, its positions on various regional and international issues, its efforts in serving international peace and security, and the developments that the Kingdom is witnessing in light of Vision 2030 in various fields.
The meeting was attended by the director general of the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Adel Al-Amrani.


Saudi Arabia reports 5,873 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Saudi Arabia reports 5,873 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths
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Saudi Arabia reports 5,873 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Saudi Arabia reports 5,873 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 573,831
  • A total of 8,910 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced two deaths from COVID-19 and 5,873 new infections on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 1,911 were recorded in Riyadh, 723 in Jeddah, 384 in Makkah, 168 in Hofuf, 157 in Madinah, 143 in Taif, 135 in Dammam, 134 in Abha, and 107 in Jazan. Several other cities recorded less than one hundred new cases each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 573,831 after 4,535 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,910 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 54.1 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince

South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince
Updated 18 January 2022

South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince

South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince

RIYADH: South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, where he was met by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. 

During an official reception ceremony, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife were greeted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

All were masked and President Moon did not shake hands with the prince, in line with coronavirus social distancing practices.

The national anthems of both countries were played as well as performance by an honor guard marching band. 

It was the second stop on a Mideast tour by President Moon’s stop in Saudi Arabia came after his visit to the United Arab Emirates.


Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors

Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors

Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors
  • Anybody caught making false statements about matters ‘related to public order’ face up to five years in jail and a SR3 million fine
  • This includes anyone who spreads false information on social media, especially lies that originate from hostile sources in other countries

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution said on Monday that spreading rumors or lies about any matter “related to public order” is considered a serious crime in the Kingdom and anyone caught doing so faces arrest and tough penalties.
The authority added that in accordance with the Law on Combating Information Crimes and the Law of Criminal Procedures, this includes individuals who promote or participate in spreading false information in any form on social media, especially fabrications that originate from hostile sources in other countries.
The Public Prosecution said that while monitoring accounts on social-networking sites it had found some that were creating or spreading baseless rumors about a Riyadh Season music event that had been postponed. The false information was coordinated and supported by external, hostile parties who were responsible for most of the posts, the authority added.
It added that individuals in the Kingdom who had participated in spreading the rumors had been “summoned” and criminal charges are being brought against them.
“These actions result in heavy penalties of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of SR3 million ($800,000),” the Public Prosecution said. In addition, devices and tools used to commit such crimes will be confiscated, the final ruling is made public and action can be taken against anyone who incited, assisted or agreed to commit the crime, the authority added.
It urged all citizens and residents to obtain information only from official sources and not to engage with rumors on social media. Those who fail to heed the warning risk facing the maximum penalties prescribed by law, it added.


Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan

Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan

Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan

RIYADH: The Sudanese quartet on Monday affirmed its commitment to continue joint efforts to achieve lasting stability in Sudan, a statement on Saudi Press Agency said.
Representatives of the quartet — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Britain and the US — held a meeting at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh to discuss developments in Sudan.
The quartet also affirmed that it would continue to implement the reform agenda, provide support to Sudan, and support the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).


Saudi and Iraq air forces discuss promoting joint action

Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz meets his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali. (SPA)
Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz meets his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali. (SPA)
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi and Iraq air forces discuss promoting joint action

Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz meets his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali. (SPA)

RIYADH: Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force, met with his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali during his visit to Riyadh.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of interest to the two forces and ways to promote joint action, the Kingdom’s defense ministry said on Monday.
The two sides also exchanged mementos on the occasion.
The Iraqi air force commander is scheduled to visit a number of air force units and the Saqr Aljazeera Aviation Museum during his visit.