King approves revised plan for Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 31 July 2015

King approves revised plan for Prophet’s Mosque

MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved the revised designs for the Prophet’s Mosque expansion project, which includes expansion of the mosque, Darb Al-Sunnah project (3km stretch between the Prophet’s Mosque and Quba Mosque and rebuilding of the Quba Mosque.
The approval came during the king’s recent visit to Madinah in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, president of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
The Ministry of Finance said the king reviewed the proposals and the project’s designs within the scope of the large-scale expansion project of the Prophet’s Mosque and other related schemes, which also include the Dar Al-Hijra, King Salman Center for Conferences and development of new central area in Madinah.
According to the revised plan, the first phase of development works will be undertaken on the eastern side of the Prophet’s Mosque, followed by development on the western side during the second phase.


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.