High divorce rate sparks concern

Updated 18 August 2015
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High divorce rate sparks concern

RIYADH: The Ministry of Justice has revealed that around 240,000 couples have divorced since 2014, which is 20 percent of the gross marriage contracts in the same period, triggering concern.
As a result of the high rate of divorce, the ministry called on couples awaiting marriage to enroll in workshops on married life. The workshops will be held periodically free of charge, he was quoted as saying by local media on Monday.
A source from the ministry claimed that the workshop should prove instrumental in bringing down the alarmingly high divorce rate in the country. He further stated the common reasons for divorces include the false representation of married life portrayed through television.
The ministry’s statistics portray 33,954 divorces in 2014, which include 434 demanded by wives. In comparison, only 11,871 marriages were registered in the same year, Makkah has proven to be have the most divorce cases at 2,326 followed by Taif at 1,459.


King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

Updated 20 September 2019

King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation. 

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.