Spanish PM meets Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee on Gaza in Madrid

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee to tackle developments in the Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee to tackle developments in the Gaza Strip. (SPA)
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee to tackle developments in the Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee to tackle developments in the Gaza Strip. (SPA)
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee to tackle developments in the Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee to tackle developments in the Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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Spanish PM meets Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee on Gaza in Madrid

Spanish PM meets Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee on Gaza in Madrid
  • Officials discuss efforts to stop Israeli aggression in Gaza Strip, Rafah
  • Saudi FM thanks Spain for decision to recognize State of Palestine

RIYADH: Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday held talks in Madrid with the members of the Joint Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee on Gaza, headed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting, to discuss developments in the besieged Gaza Strip, was attended by the foreign ministers of Qatar, Palestine, Jordan and Turkiye and the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The committee members hailed Spain’s move to recognize the State of Palestine and vowed to keep pushing to secure Palestinians’ rights and promote peace in the region and the world at a time of extremism, violence and violations of international law, the report said.

More than 140 countries now recognize a Palestinian state, after Spain, Norway and Ireland made the diplomatic move on Tuesday.

The meeting discussed efforts to stop Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and the city of Rafah, the importance of an immediate ceasefire and the introduction of sustainable humanitarian aid.

It also called for an end to illegitimate Israeli actions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in order to achieve a comprehensive peace, protect Palestinian rights and ensure regional security.

The meeting reviewed the committee’s efforts to support Palestinian statehood and take the necessary steps to implement the two-state solution in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and other international proposals.

The committee stressed the importance of the international community taking urgent steps to recognize Palestine to preserve the rights of its people and achieve security in the region.

Prince Faisal thanked Spain and said its move gave “hope in a very dark time.”

“We are here to say thank you to Spain, Norway, Ireland and Slovenia for taking the right decision at the right time, for being on the right side of history, for being on the right side of justice with all the dark we are seeing as a result of the continuing human catastrophe in Gaza,” he said.

“This is the right moment to give a beacon of hope to the two-state solution, to peace, to coexistence and for that we thank you and we hope that others will follow suit because the only way forward is the path to peace and the path to peace goes through a two-state solution, through a state of Palestine that lives in peace and harmony with all its neighbors including Israel.”


Authorities at Halat Ammar crossing see off departing Hajj pilgrims

Saudi authorities at the Halat Ammar border crossing, in the northwest of the Kingdom, continue to bid farewell to pilgrims.
Saudi authorities at the Halat Ammar border crossing, in the northwest of the Kingdom, continue to bid farewell to pilgrims.
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Authorities at Halat Ammar crossing see off departing Hajj pilgrims

Saudi authorities at the Halat Ammar border crossing, in the northwest of the Kingdom, continue to bid farewell to pilgrims.
  • Worshippers expressed their gratitude to the Saudi government after being offered copies of the Qur’an, SPA said

RIYADH: Saudi authorities at the Halat Ammar border crossing, in the northwest of the Kingdom, continue to bid farewell to departing pilgrims.

Worshippers expressed their gratitude to the Saudi government after being offered copies of the Qur’an, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Hajj 2024 ended on Tuesday and those pilgrims who visited Madinah before the annual pilgrimage have started to leave the Kingdom.  


Ministry supervises Riyadh slaughterhouses for Eid

Slaughterhouses in the Riyadh region received 8,623 slaughters on the fourth day of Eid Al-Adha. (SPA)
Slaughterhouses in the Riyadh region received 8,623 slaughters on the fourth day of Eid Al-Adha. (SPA)
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Ministry supervises Riyadh slaughterhouses for Eid

Slaughterhouses in the Riyadh region received 8,623 slaughters on the fourth day of Eid Al-Adha. (SPA)
  • Ministry said its technical teams carried out 277 regulatory tours of markets and slaughterhouses in Riyadh and 510 visits to shops, stalls and yards

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said that slaughterhouses in the Riyadh region received 8,623 slaughters on the fourth day of Eid Al-Adha.

This was through both fixed and mobile slaughterhouses supervised by the specialized teams from the ministry’s branch in the region, conducting regulatory operations and providing veterinary inspection services for all livestock.

The ministry said that its technical teams carried out 277 regulatory tours of markets and slaughterhouses in Riyadh and 510 visits to shops, stalls and yards in the region’s markets. These activities resulted in issuing 14 warnings and one violation for non-compliance with health regulations and requirements in slaughterhouses.

In addition, citizens and residents continued to respond positively to the community initiative, “One-third of the sacrifice,” contributing to meat donations for families in need. 

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture’s branch in the Riyadh region has made significant efforts during this year’s Eid Al-Adha season.

These included early preparations for organizing the main and temporary sheep markets, as well as the regular and mobile slaughterhouses.


Pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program visit historic Madinah sites

Pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit toured holy sites in Madinah
Pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit toured holy sites in Madinah
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Pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program visit historic Madinah sites

Pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit toured holy sites in Madinah
  • 2,000 pilgrims who are family members of Palestinians killed, injured, or taken prisoner by Israeli authorities are being hosted by the program this year

RIYADH: Pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit toured holy sites in Madinah on Thursday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The pilgrims visited the site of the Battle of Uhud, Rumah Mountain, the Cemetery of the martyrs of Uhud, and Quba Mosque as part of a cultural program planned by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance.

They were also informed about the religious significance of each of the sites.

3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries are being hosted by the program for Hajj this year. This figure includes 2,000 pilgrims who are family members of Palestinians killed, injured, or taken prisoner by Israeli authorities. 


Ministry begins issuing Umrah visas for post-Hajj season

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has started issuing Umrah visas for the post-Hajj season. (@AlharamainSA)
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has started issuing Umrah visas for the post-Hajj season. (@AlharamainSA)
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Ministry begins issuing Umrah visas for post-Hajj season

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has started issuing Umrah visas for the post-Hajj season. (@AlharamainSA)
  • The new Umrah season will coincide with the start of the new Islamic year on Muharram 1
  • Move aims to streamline arrival of pilgrims to the Kingdom and ensure a smooth experience

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has started issuing Umrah visas for the post-Hajj season, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

The new Umrah season will coincide with the start of the new Islamic year on Muharram 1, and the move aims to streamline the arrival of pilgrims to the Kingdom and ensure a smooth and worry-free experience.

The ministry is working diligently to implement the directives of the Saudi leadership and accommodate more Umrah pilgrims and provide services that meet their needs, SPA said. 


Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution

Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution
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Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution

Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution
  • Eritrean-born British footballer is latest guest on Arab News’ ‘The Mayman Show’
  • Midfielder, 27, describes journey from early setback at Blackburn Rovers to stints in the US

Riyadh:  Eritrean-born British football player Mohammed Adams has praised the “incredible” revolution taking place in Saudi football in his appearance on the latest episode of Arab News’ “The Mayman Show.”

The Al-Khaleej star recalled his journey from the fields of England and the US to the Saudi Pro League.

Adams was set to start his professional career with Blackburn Rovers in England. He took part in a two-week training camp and was offered a professional contract, but a last-minute injury brought an end to his plans.

 

 

“On a Friday I’m supposed to sign the contract. In training, I’m dribbling down the line, cut the ball back. Some guy smashes my ankle. OK, at that point I’m like, damn, this is painful, I can’t walk,” he said.

“So, at that point it was like, go home, get scanned, and then the club rang me. They said ‘Mo, if you snap four ligaments in your left ankle, you can’t sign the contract.’ So, at that point, I was that close from turning pro, and it just gets snatched at the moment, you know what I’m saying?”

 

 

The 27-year-old recalled his somber spirits as a result of the setback. “Just honestly, at that point, I kind of wanted to stop playing football because I felt like everything I’d ever worked for was just snatched from me, like, in an instant,” he said.

Adams contemplated taking his efforts to the US since his attempts at turning professional in UK had hit a roadblock. “But even prior to that, like, you know how competitive it is in the UK, you know, if you get released at a certain age, you can’t expect to jump back at that same age or that same level. It’s like a pyramid. You gotta start at the bottom.”

Despite the setback, he continued playing the sport on a part-time basis. “People were working two jobs at the same time. So, it was like I had this little dream, but this wasn’t the right environment for me. So, that’s when I obviously took the step to the US and inspired a lot of people, because I was one of the first people out of the UK.

 

 

“So, I’d say that was probably like, seeing my actual dream come true and the perseverance that I went through eventually paid off.”

In the US’ Major League Soccer, the 27-year-old enjoyed stints with Chicago Fire, Atlanta United and Inter Miami.

After playing for five years in the US, Adams moved to Al-Shabab in the Kingdom in 2022.

Now at Al-Khaleej, the midfielder is full of praise for the revolution taking place in Saudi football as a result of Vision 2030.

 

 

“It’s incredible, honestly, and I’m honestly blessed to actually be in the Saudi Pro League and even, like, thinking about it —  I came I think in July, and Ronaldo came in December,” he said.

“I was so blessed to come at that time because now to come to Saudi and play in the Saudi league is not easy, man. I got all my friends hitting me up saying ‘yo, what’s the Saudi League like, man? I want to come’.”

The signing of top international players to the Saudi Pro League is more than a marketing strategy, Adam said. “They’re actually able to pull all these world-class players and to see that and to remember like, you know, my debut against Al-Ittihad and then playing against Benzema,” he added.

 

 

Facing off against top players in the Kingdom is adding “skills and knowledge” to Adams’ game.

“But it has so much potential. And I think people are really starting to tap in and pay attention to what Saudi is doing, not just in the sports sector, but in everything, you know, as a whole.”