Riyadh: 'Hezbollah' Targeting our Security is Declaration of War by Lebanon

Lebanon's resigned Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri meets with Saudi Arabia's Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer Al-Sabhan in Beirut on February 6, 2017. (Reuters)
Lebanon's resigned Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri meets with Saudi Arabia's Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer Al-Sabhan in Beirut on February 6, 2017. (Reuters)
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Riyadh: 'Hezbollah' Targeting our Security is Declaration of War by Lebanon

Lebanon's resigned Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri meets with Saudi Arabia's Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer Al-Sabhan in Beirut on February 6, 2017. (Reuters)
Lebanon's resigned Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri meets with Saudi Arabia's Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer Al-Sabhan in Beirut on February 6, 2017. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan said on Monday that the attack launched by Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” on the Kingdom’s security is considered a “declaration of war” by Beirut, adding that the Lebanese government should be aware of the dangers imposed by such acts.

The minister told Al-Arabiya television on Monday: “We will treat the government of Lebanon as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia due to the aggression of Hezbollah.”

Al-Sabhan added that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz had informed outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the details of “Hezbollah’s” aggression against Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Saudi sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday that a year ago, the Kingdom presented to Hariri evidence proving “Hezbollah’s” involvement in acts targeting the security of Saudi Arabia by training al-Awamiya terrorists and by helping Houthis launch terrorist attacks on the Saudi borders.

The sources said that some evidence showed that “Hezbollah” was also involved with Iranians in the smuggling of missiles.

“Riyadh gave the Lebanese government an interval of 12 months to take action,” the sources said, adding that Lebanon did nothing despite being informed by Saudi Arabia about “Hezbollah’s” involvement in the previous violations.

“This is why Hariri was invited to visit the Kingdom, where he was shown the evidence and asked to take the necessary measures to prevent any hostile acts against Saudi Arabia’s security,” the sources said.

The Lebanese government was therefore given the choice either to support moderation and the Kingdom or Iran, they added.

The sources rejected claims that Hariri was forced to resign from his post.

“He chose to return from Lebanon to Riyadh and announce his resignation.”

Another source also told Asharq Al-Awsat that Hariri had previously asked the Kingdom to bless Michel Aoun’s presidential candidature in return of an agreement between the Lebanese political entities to ensure that “Hezbollah” would not have a presence in Syria or target the Arab Gulf or Yemen.

However, after the election of Aoun and the appointment of Hariri, developments progressively turned in the opposite direction and Lebanon surrendered itself to Iran, according to the sources.



First Flight of ‘Makkah Route Initiative’ Beneficiaries from Morocco Arrives in Kingdom

First Flight of ‘Makkah Route Initiative’ Beneficiaries from Morocco Arrives in Kingdom
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First Flight of ‘Makkah Route Initiative’ Beneficiaries from Morocco Arrives in Kingdom

First Flight of ‘Makkah Route Initiative’ Beneficiaries from Morocco Arrives in Kingdom

The first flight of beneficiaries from the “Makkah Route Initiative” from the Kingdom of Morocco arrived on Saturday at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.
The flight came to the Kingdom through the initiative's terminal at Mohammed V International Airport.
The Makkah Route Initiative is one of the Ministry of Interior’s initiatives under the Pilgrim Experience Program, a part of Saudi Vision 2030, SPA reported.
The initiative aims to complete the procedures for pilgrims in their home countries, starting with the electronic issuance of visas and capturing biometric data, followed by completing passport procedures at the departure airport after verifying health requirements.
Additionally, it includes tagging and sorting luggage according to transportation and accommodation arrangements in the Kingdom.
Upon arrival, pilgrims are transported directly by buses to their accommodations in Makkah and Madinah via designated routes, while service agencies handle the delivery of their luggage to their residences.


Saudi Relief Arm, WHO Sign Executive Programs Worth $19ML for Yemen, Sudan, Syria

The five agreements were signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and KSrelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the presence of Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Abdulmohsen bin Khothaila - SPA
The five agreements were signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and KSrelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the presence of Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Abdulmohsen bin Khothaila - SPA
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Saudi Relief Arm, WHO Sign Executive Programs Worth $19ML for Yemen, Sudan, Syria

The five agreements were signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and KSrelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the presence of Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Abdulmohsen bin Khothaila - SPA
The five agreements were signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and KSrelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the presence of Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Abdulmohsen bin Khothaila - SPA

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) signed five executive programs with the World Health Organization (WHO) for Yemen, Sudan, and Syria, with a total value of $19,496,000.

The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the 77th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, SPA reported.
The first agreement aims to address the severe shortage of kidney dialysis supplies in Sudan to reduce mortality among kidney failure patients across various Sudanese states by providing dialysis supplies sufficient for some 235,000 dialysis sessions, securing 100 dialysis machines, and paying the salaries of medical staff in 77 dialysis centers, with a value of $5 million.
The second agreement entails providing medical assistance to earthquake victims in Syria, with a total cost of $4,746,000.
The third agreement focuses on combating the spread of measles among children under five in Yemen, with a total cost of $3 million.
The fourth agreement aims to improve water and sanitation services in healthcare facilities, ensuring sustainable water supplies to serve the neediest populations in Yemen, valued at $3,750,000. The agreement includes drilling solar-powered wells in 10 healthcare facilities.
The fifth agreement aims to reduce the spread of cholera across Yemen, with a value of $3 million.
These agreements are part of the humanitarian and relief efforts provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through KSrelief, to support the health sectors in needy countries, enhance their capabilities, and provide them with essential medical needs.


Saudi Leadership Congratulate King of Jordan on Independence Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulate King of Jordan on Independence Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulations to King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the anniversary of his country's Independence Day.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques wished King Abdullah continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Jordan further progress and prosperity.

For his part, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a similar cable of congratulations to King Abdullah.

The Crown Prince wished King Abdullah continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Jordan further progress and prosperity.


Saudi Arabia Welcomes World Court Decision Ordering Israel to Stop Military Offensive in Rafah

International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Nawaf Salam (C) stands during an ICJ ruling over the situation in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, in the Hague, Netherlands, 24 May 2024. EPA/Koen van Weel
International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Nawaf Salam (C) stands during an ICJ ruling over the situation in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, in the Hague, Netherlands, 24 May 2024. EPA/Koen van Weel
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Saudi Arabia Welcomes World Court Decision Ordering Israel to Stop Military Offensive in Rafah

International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Nawaf Salam (C) stands during an ICJ ruling over the situation in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, in the Hague, Netherlands, 24 May 2024. EPA/Koen van Weel
International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Nawaf Salam (C) stands during an ICJ ruling over the situation in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, in the Hague, Netherlands, 24 May 2024. EPA/Koen van Weel

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the Kingdom welcomed the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to immediately stop military attacks or any other offensive actions in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, based on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

“The Kingdom appreciates the ICJ decision, which is a positive step towards the moral and legal right of the Palestinian people,” it said in a statement on Friday.

The Kingdom reiterated its call on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to stop all forms of aggression against the Palestinian people.


Saudi, French FMs Discuss Developments in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has met with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné in Paris. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has met with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné in Paris. SPA
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Saudi, French FMs Discuss Developments in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has met with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné in Paris. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has met with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné in Paris. SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has met with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné in Paris.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed Saudi-French relations and ways to enhance them in all fields and to improve coordination on various issues of mutual concern.

The two ministers also discussed the situation in Gaza and its surroundings and the need to deliver humanitarian assistance to the civilians in the enclave.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to France Fahd bin Mayouf Al-Ruwaili, Foreign Minister's Office Director General Abdulrahman Al-Dawood, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr. Manal Radwan.


Saudi Crown Prince Offers Condolences to Iran’s Interim President for Late President Raisi

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Offers Condolences to Iran’s Interim President for Late President Raisi

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, held telephone talks on Friday with Iran’s interim President Mohamed Mokhber to offer his condolences over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amid-Abdollahian and their entourage.

Mokhber expressed his gratitude to Crown Prince Mohammed for his gesture.

The officials hailed the progress achieved in bilateral relations between their countries on various levels.

They underscored the importance of continuing to bolster cooperation in various fields.


King of Bahrain Says No Reason to Delay Normalizing Ties with Iran

King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow on Thursday. (AFP)
King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow on Thursday. (AFP)
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King of Bahrain Says No Reason to Delay Normalizing Ties with Iran

King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow on Thursday. (AFP)
King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow on Thursday. (AFP)

King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa extended on Thursday an invitation to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to attend a Middle East peace conference that will be hosted by the kingdom.

King Hamad is on an official visit to Russia where he held talks with Putin at the Kremlin. The leaders discussed several issues, including expanding trade between their countries.

On the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, King Hamad said: “Arab countries are in agreement over the need to hold a peace conference to resolve the problem of the Middle East.”

“Russia is the first country we are turning to to support this conference because it has the greatest international influence,” he went on to say.

King Hamad also said Bahrain supports normalizing ties with Iran.

“We had problems with Iran, but not anymore,” he remarked. “We see no reason to delay the normalization of relations with it.”

He underlined the principle of good neighborliness, adding: “We are trying to establish normal diplomatic, trade and cultural relations with it.”

King Hamad had kicked off his official visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Putin.


Saudi Foreign Minister Meets with Austrian Counterpart

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, met on Thursday with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg. SPA
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, met on Thursday with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg. SPA
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Saudi Foreign Minister Meets with Austrian Counterpart

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, met on Thursday with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg. SPA
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, met on Thursday with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg. SPA

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, met on Thursday with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg.

During the meeting, they reviewed the distinguished relations between the Kingdom and Austria and ways to bolster them to serve the interests of the two countries and peoples. They also exchanged views on regional and international issues.

Senior officials attended the meeting.


Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Meets with British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA
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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Meets with British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Member, and Envoy for Climate, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, met on Thursday with the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Neil Crompton.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of common interest and Saudi-UK ties.


Saudi Ambassador Presents Credentials to Emperor of Japan

The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Ambassador Presents Credentials to Emperor of Japan

The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan Dr. Ghazi Faisal Binzagr presented his credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Saudi Arabia to Japan to Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Binzagr conveyed warm greetings and appreciation from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to the emperor.

He also expressed their wishes for continued progress and prosperity for Japan and its people.