Saudi deputy FM expresses concern at termination of Sudanese talks

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Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji attends 160th ordinary session of the Council of the Arab League in Cairo. (Twitter/@KSAMOFA)
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Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji attends 160th ordinary session of the Council of the Arab League in Cairo. (Twitter/@KSAMOFA)
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Updated 06 September 2023
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Saudi deputy FM expresses concern at termination of Sudanese talks

Saudi deputy FM expresses concern at termination of Sudanese talks

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji expressed deep concern about the cessation of Sudanese talks aimed at ending the conflict and reaching a permanent cease-fire agreement.

Al-Khuraiji’s comments came during the 160th ordinary session of the Council of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, as he spoke on behalf of Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The deputy foreign minister stressed that the present challenges necessitate a united Arab front so that the region may achieve “development and prosperity” and become a safe and stable place “where peace and cooperation prevail.”

He cited the humanitarian efforts of Saudi Arabia, which has donated billions of dollars to countries in need over the years, and reiterated the Kingdom’s emphasis on the importance of peace in the Middle East.

Al-Khuraiji expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the continuous attacks on Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, which have undermined efforts to achieve peace.

Speaking on Syria’s return to the Arab League, he asserted that the move would contribute positively to efforts to restore stability to the country and the wider region.

Al-Khuraiji reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for all efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis in a way that preserves its unity, stability, Arab identity, and territorial integrity.

He also expressed the Kingdom’s demand for the withdrawal of foreign forces and armed militias from Syria.

He called on the international community to intensify efforts to ensure that the Middle East is free from weapons of mass destruction and stressed the need to “confront the scourge of terrorism,” urging world leaders to stand up to countries that support and sponsor terrorism and extremism.


Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah

Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah
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Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah

Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah
  • The pilgrim, who has a history of chronic illness, was treated at the Madinah General Hospital

RIYADH: Doctors working remotely from Riyadh helped a 72-year-old Jordanian pilgrim in Madinah survive a stroke this week, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The medical team specializing in telestroke medicine is affiliated with the Seha Virtual Hospital in Riyadh, the SPA reported.

The pilgrim, who has a history of chronic illness, was treated at the Madinah General Hospital.

In a joint effort, doctors from the Ministry of Health, the Seha Virtual Hospital, and the Madinah General Hospital located a brain clot and performed a cerebral catheterization procedure.

The pilgrim is recovering, the SPA said.

A total of 5,466 volunteers, in over 16 locations in Madinah and Makkah, are helping with first aid and emergency care for Hajj pilgrims this year.


Malaysian elderly dream of Hajj comes true after decades of struggle

Malaysian elderly dream of Hajj comes true after decades of struggle
For years, Safwan applied for Hajj believing the opportunity would coincide with his retirement plans. (SPA)
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Malaysian elderly dream of Hajj comes true after decades of struggle

Malaysian elderly dream of Hajj comes true after decades of struggle

JEDDAH: Malaysian Mohammed Safwan, 66, achieved his dream of performing Hajj after years of waiting. 
Hailing from Johor in the south of Malaysia, Safwan led a simple life as an aviation safety technician for Malaysia Airlines.

For years, Safwan applied for Hajj believing the opportunity would coincide with his retirement plans. 
Twenty years later, Safwan was left with little to no savings and his dreams of performing Hajj seemed unattainable. 

Eventually, Malaysian authorities approved his Hajj request, and Safwan’s children collected $26,000 to support his dreams of performing pilgrimage.  

“Nothing compares to the unity and strength of a family, and no joy can match the elation of realizing a dream cherished by the closest of people,” Safwan told state news agency SPA.


Awareness campaign on animal sacrifice launched in Madinah ahead of Eid Al-Adha

Awareness campaign on animal sacrifice launched in Madinah ahead of Eid Al-Adha
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Awareness campaign on animal sacrifice launched in Madinah ahead of Eid Al-Adha

Awareness campaign on animal sacrifice launched in Madinah ahead of Eid Al-Adha
  • The campaign is a project of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture's Department of Animal Wealth

RIYADH: A campaign on how to choose the proper animals for sacrifice and ensure that it is free of diseases has been launched in Madinah province ahead of Eid Al-Adha. 

Dubbed "My Sacrifice,” the awareness campaign is a project of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture's Department of Animal Wealth, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

"The campaign, which is supervised by a number of specialists and veterinarians, shows the most important and sound methods for preserving meat and keeping it safe from poisoning," SPA said.

MEWA's awareness campaign on animal sacrifice include field visits and tours to livestock markets and an exhibition in one of the commercial complexes in the region. (SPA)

The activities include field visits and tours to livestock markets "to guide beneficiaries on the most important health requirements that must be met by the sacrifice," it added.

Experts will explain how to choose good sacrificial animals, particularly the age.

An awareness-raising exhibition will also be held in one of the commercial complexes in the region, and a children’s studio, the report said.

Eid Al-Adha this year falls on June 16. 

 

 


Saudi minister inspects National Guard Hajj preparedness

Saudi minister inspects National Guard Hajj preparedness
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Saudi minister inspects National Guard Hajj preparedness

Saudi minister inspects National Guard Hajj preparedness

MAKKAH: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, the minister of the National Guard, inspected the readiness of ministry forces for the Hajj season, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

This inspection is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to ensure the security of the Hajj, following the directions of the country’s leadership.

During his visit to Makkah’s Al-Shara’i district, Prince Abdullah watched a detailed military parade under the theme of “Ease and Reassurance.”

The parade demonstrated the preparedness and abilities of the ministry’s forces responsible for keeping pilgrims safe during their journey.

Lieutenant General Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Bassami listens to a briefing. (SPA)

Separately, Lieutenant General Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Bassami, the director of Public Security and Chairman of the Hajj Security Committee, inspected the security forces, and the military support authorities participating in serving the pilgrims at the holy sites.

Al-Bassami confirmed that his organization has prepared the required security and organizational plans, which aim to ensure the security, safety and comfort of the pilgrims.

He stressed that the security forces will respond firmly and forcefully to thwart any action that might affect the safety of the pilgrims or whatever hampers facilitating their rituals.


KSrelief chief discusses aid efforts in Gaza with Palestinian ministers

KSrelief chief discusses aid efforts in Gaza with Palestinian ministers
Updated 13 June 2024
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KSrelief chief discusses aid efforts in Gaza with Palestinian ministers

KSrelief chief discusses aid efforts in Gaza with Palestinian ministers

RIYADH: The general supervisor of Saudi aid agency KSrelief, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, on Wednesday discussed the situation in Gaza with the Palestinian minister of health, Majed Abu Ramadan, and minister of social development, Samah Abdul Rahim Hussein Hamad.

Their meeting took place during “Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza,” an international emergency conference that began in Jordan on Tuesday.

They discussed “the delicate humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and ways to deliver aid to those displaced there,” the Saudi Press Agency reported. They also exchanged views on the main topics addressed by the conference.

The Palestinian ministers thanked the Kingdom, as represented by KSrelief, for the aid and assistance it has provided to the people of Gaza to help alleviate their suffering during the current humanitarian crisis. They expressed their sincere appreciation in particular for the support provided by Saudi authorities to healthcare efforts in the territory.