Status of 2,000 Burmese corrected

Updated 24 May 2016

Status of 2,000 Burmese corrected

JEDDAH: The Personal Status Court in Jeddah has over the past two years rectified the status of 2,000 Burmese, which includes issuing them with proper residency documents that gives them access to state health and education facilities.
The process started in 2012 with courts in Makkah and Jeddah involved, with the aid of 20 committees set up for this purpose. In 2014, 1,645 cases were finalized and proof of marriages provided, a local publication reported recently. According to a record from the Personal Status Court, from April to May this year the status of 470 people was finalized.
Sources were quoted as saying that some cases still have to be finalized, with applicants required to produce proof. Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani has appointed four top judges and 39 employees to oversee the applications of Burmese nationals.
Saad bin Nasser Al-Suweigh, head of the Personal Status Court in Jeddah, said the court was keen to implement the orders of the Ministry of Justice, the report in a local publication said.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.