Canadian visa procedure for Saudis eased

Updated 19 October 2014

Canadian visa procedure for Saudis eased

Saudi Arabia and Canada have taken bilateral relations to new heights, with a common resolve to cooperate on key issues confronting the Middle East and to hold a joint economic commission meeting next year.
Canada has also introduced new measures to ease visa procedures for Saudi nationals.
The renewed move comes following wide-ranging talks held by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird with senior Saudi leaders, which focused on a host of bilateral, regional and security issues, particularly efforts to combat the so-called Islamic State (IS),” said Canadian Ambassador Tom MacDonald here Saturday.
During his stay in Jeddah on Wednesday and Thursday, Baird held constructive and wide-ranging discussions with Crown Prince Salman and Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
Baird also met with Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif, and Iyad Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
During the visit, Baird toured the Prince Mohammed Bin Naif Counseling and Care Center, a center aimed at reforming extremists.
Referring to key regional issues, MacDonald said that the Assad regime has long been a state sponsor of terrorism and has financed and supported extremists throughout the region.
On the Middle East peace process, he said Canada is committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel.
Asked about the new measures to ease and simplify visa process for Saudis, Ambassador MacDonald said that “Canada is issuing the vast majority of visas for Saudis now within 10 working days or less and three weeks for students."
“We have also introduced a number of changes to facilitate visitors’ travel to Canada,” he noted.
He said the Canadian mission has also introduced online applications.
In addition, Canada has opened three Visa Application Centers (VACs) in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.
MacDonald further explained that visitors to Canada benefit from the multiple entry visa, which allows Saudis to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to five years.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

Opinion

This section contains relevant reference points, placed in (Opinion field)

The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies