Islamic Affairs Ministry Delegation Meets with Pope of Vatican

 A Saudi delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd Al-Luhaidan meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome Thursday. – SPA
A Saudi delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd Al-Luhaidan meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome Thursday. – SPA
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Islamic Affairs Ministry Delegation Meets with Pope of Vatican

 A Saudi delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd Al-Luhaidan meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome Thursday. – SPA
A Saudi delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd Al-Luhaidan meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome Thursday. – SPA

A Saudi official delegation headed by Advisor to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah bin Fahd al-Luhaidan has met with Pope Francis of Vatican.

The delegation stressed that this visit was to express the Kingdom's appreciation to the Pope for his sincere positions and statements calling for peace and coexistence, rejection of linking between religions and terrorism and affirming sincere and deep aspiration to promote a culture of dialogue and peaceful coexistence among all followers of religions and cultures.

The delegation recalled the visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to the Vatican in 2007, his meeting with the Pope Benedict XVI and the outcome of this meeting – it underpinned the importance of dialogue among religions and civilizations, stressing that all nations share common values.

This is a fixed policy adopted by Saudi Arabia and the Vatican, and it was approved in a global conference for scholars from all over the Islamic world in Mecca in 2008.

The meeting between the Saudi delegation and Pope Francis signaled that they both have a religious weight, and that there are more than 1.5 billion of Muslims around the world who pray facing the Qibla (Mecca) five times a day, and more than 15 million who head to the kingdom to perform pilgrimage.

They also enjoy an international political weight that is the result of their moderate policies and their respect to contracts and conventions in which they are signatories of.

Thanks to Saudi efforts, King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue was established to promote dialogue among religions and civilizations. Spain, Austria and the Vatican took part in it.

The Saudi support to international peace continued through the establishment of King Salman Centre for International Peace in Malaysia and the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – named “Etidal” or “moderation” – in Riyadh.

Of course, in addition to the meetings and tours carried out by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques because of his deep faith in the importance of communication to achieve peace.



UAE Voices Deep Concern Over Ongoing Regional Tensions, Calls for Restraint 

UAE Voices Deep Concern Over Ongoing Regional Tensions, Calls for Restraint 
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UAE Voices Deep Concern Over Ongoing Regional Tensions, Calls for Restraint 

UAE Voices Deep Concern Over Ongoing Regional Tensions, Calls for Restraint 

The United Arab Emirates expressed on Friday its deep concern over ongoing regional tensions, calling for refraining from any steps that further exacerbate escalation in the region.

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the UAE called for exercising the utmost restraint in order to avoid serious repercussions, and the region being pulled into new levels of instability.

The Ministry underlined the importance of reaching substantial solutions to the ongoing disputes and crises in the region aimed at de-escalating tensions, in addition to resolving conflicts through dialogue and diplomatic channels, and for respecting the rule of law and United Nations Charter.

The Ministry reiterated its call on the UN and UN Security Council to fulfill their responsibilities to boost international peace and security by resolving long-standing issues and conflicts in the region that threaten global security and stability.

Earlier, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a telephone phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to discuss the latest, dangerous developments in the region and their repercussions on the regional and international peace and security.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of exercising the utmost self-restraint and working to prevent the expansion of the circle of tension in the Middle East, pointing out that diplomacy and dialogue are the only way to resolve differences and ensure the security of the region and the safety of its people.

He said peace, prosperity and development are what the countries of the region should enjoy and deserve.

In addition, the top diplomats discussed bilateral relations between their countries and ways to strengthen them in a way that serves the common interests of their countries and the region.


UAE’s Etihad Airways Says Operations are Back to Normal

FILE PHOTO - An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-3FX company aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-3FX company aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/File Photo
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UAE’s Etihad Airways Says Operations are Back to Normal

FILE PHOTO - An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-3FX company aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-3FX company aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/File Photo

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways' flight operations are back to normal after the harsh weather conditions in the United Arab Emirates over recent days, the airline told state news agency (WAM) on Friday.
The UAE saw its heaviest rains in 75 years bringing much of the country to a standstill for two days.
The storm, which hit neighboring Oman on Sunday, pounded the UAE on Tuesday. Eighteen persons were reported dead in Oman.
A couple of days earlier, the UAE’s National Center for Meteorology urged people to take the necessary precautions while driving their vehicles and to steer away from roads that could be blocked by flood waters.


Saudi Arabia Expresses Regret over UN Failure to Recognize Palestinian State through Membership

Saudi Arabia Expresses Regret over UN Failure to Recognize Palestinian State through Membership
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Saudi Arabia Expresses Regret over UN Failure to Recognize Palestinian State through Membership

Saudi Arabia Expresses Regret over UN Failure to Recognize Palestinian State through Membership

Saudi Arabia expressed regret on Friday over the failure of the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution accepting full membership of the State of Palestine in the United Nations.
The Ministry said that “hindering the acceptance of full membership of the State of Palestine in the United Nations only contributes to the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation’s obstinacy and to its continued violations of international law with impunity, and will not bring closer the desired peace”.
The Ministry renewed Saudi Arabia’s call on the international community to assume its responsibility and stop the Israeli occupation’s aggression on civilians in the Gaza strip.
It also called for backing the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of the Palestinian State based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with the Arab peace initiative and related international resolutions.


Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Seek to Bolster Security, Defense Ties

Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Talal Al-Otaibi arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit. (Pakistan's Ministry of Defense)
Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Talal Al-Otaibi arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit. (Pakistan's Ministry of Defense)
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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Seek to Bolster Security, Defense Ties

Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Talal Al-Otaibi arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit. (Pakistan's Ministry of Defense)
Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Talal Al-Otaibi arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit. (Pakistan's Ministry of Defense)

Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Talal Al-Otaibi arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit to put the finishing touches on bilateral defense projects, said the Pakistani Defense Ministry in a statement.

His trip is fresh off the heels of a two-day visit paid by a senior Saudi delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, to Islamabad on Monday.

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf al-Malki told Asharq Al-Awsat that Prince Faisal’s visit was an extension of the “lasting relations with Pakistan.”

It underscored the depth of these ties and their constant development, he added.

The visit aimed to increase the trade exchange and support investors and expand their work in all sectors, he went on to say.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have increased their defense consultations and Al-Otaibi's visit will follow up on these talks.

The two countries have held four rounds of defense consultations in less than a month.

On March 20, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received Pakistan’s army commander Asim Munir.

Days later, Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman paid an official visit to Pakistan.

Prince Khalid held talks with Pakistani officials, including the army commander. They tackled the strong relations between their countries and their strategic defense partnership and opportunities to develop it.

The third round of the defense talks took place this week when Prince Faisal met with Munir in Islamabad. They discussed the security and strategic cooperation between their countries and means to boost it in several fields.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy close military ties. They regularly carry out joint defense projects and have held defense maneuvers and drills.


Saudi, Spanish FMs Discuss Gaza Conflict 

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah talks to journalists during a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, 16 April 2024. (EPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah talks to journalists during a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, 16 April 2024. (EPA)
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Saudi, Spanish FMs Discuss Gaza Conflict 

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah talks to journalists during a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, 16 April 2024. (EPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah talks to journalists during a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, 16 April 2024. (EPA)

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held a telephone call on Thursday with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares.

They discussed the latest developments in the region, primarily focusing on the situation in and around the Gaza Strip and the efforts to address it.


King Salman Receives Written Message from King of Bahrain 

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral International Affairs and Supervisor General of the Public Diplomacy Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi meets with Bahrain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa in Riyadh. (SPA)
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral International Affairs and Supervisor General of the Public Diplomacy Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi meets with Bahrain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman Receives Written Message from King of Bahrain 

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral International Affairs and Supervisor General of the Public Diplomacy Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi meets with Bahrain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa in Riyadh. (SPA)
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral International Affairs and Supervisor General of the Public Diplomacy Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi meets with Bahrain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa in Riyadh. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud received on Thursday a written message from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa concerning relations between the two countries.

The message was received by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral International Affairs and Supervisor General of the Public Diplomacy Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi during a meeting with Bahrain’s Ambassador to Riyadh Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa.

The officials reviewed relations between their countries and ways to boost them in various fields.

They also discussed issues of common interest.


Saudi, Belgian FMs Discuss Gaza Situation

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
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Saudi, Belgian FMs Discuss Gaza Situation

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah received a phone call on Friday from Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Federal Cultural Institutions Hadja Lahbib.

The two ministers discussed the latest regional developments, focusing on the situation in and around the Gaza Strip and related diplomatic efforts.


Bahrain, Jordan Stress Need to Reduce Regional Tension, Military Escalation

Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).
Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).
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Bahrain, Jordan Stress Need to Reduce Regional Tension, Military Escalation

Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).
Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).

The kings of Jordan and Bahrain underlined the importance of reducing tensions in the Middle East and avoiding military escalation.
During a meeting in Amman on Wednesday, the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Jordanian monarch, Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, discussed the political and security situation in the Middle East, and stressed the need for the international community, especially the Security Council, to immediately implement ceasefire resolutions in Gaza.
The Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported that the two monarchs “discussed means to strengthen bilateral cooperation and economic integration and reviewed current regional and international issues.”

They also stressed the importance of protecting civilians in the Gaza Strip, ensuring the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, and preventing further escalation of the crisis, expressing their rejection of ground attacks on Rafah and the displacement of Palestinians from their lands.
The two sides reiterated the need to respect the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, and to stop Israeli attacks on religious places. They also condemned the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as a violation of international law.
The two leaders called for coordinating Arab and international efforts to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the region, support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the two-state solution.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa stressed the importance of Jordanian custodianship over the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, praising the ongoing diplomatic efforts made by Jordan under the leadership of King Abdullah II in supporting the Palestinian cause and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the humanitarian programs to support the Palestinian people.
The Bahraini king left Jordan after a short visit.

 

 

 


Saudi Arabia, EU Discuss the Escalation in the Region

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Saudi Arabia, EU Discuss the Escalation in the Region

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has received a phone call from the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.
During the call on Wednesday, the two officials discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, as well as the recent escalation in the region.

They emphasized the importance of joint coordination and efforts to de-escalate the situation.


Saudi Ministers Hold Separate Meetings with Armenian FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, at the headquarters of the Saudi foreign ministry in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, at the headquarters of the Saudi foreign ministry in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministers Hold Separate Meetings with Armenian FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, at the headquarters of the Saudi foreign ministry in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, at the headquarters of the Saudi foreign ministry in Riyadh. (SPA)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held talks with his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, on Wednesday in Riyadh where discussion focused on the latest international and regional developments.
The two officials also discussed bilateral relations and ways to promote them on various levels.
Earlier, the Saudi Minister had received Mirzoyan and the accompanying delegation wishing them a pleasant stay in the Kingdom.
The meeting was held in the presence of Saudi Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Saud Al-Sati, and Adviser to the Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Yahya.
Separately, the Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning, Faisal bin Fadhil Alibrahim, also met with Mirzoyan. They discussed the mutual relations and explored opportunities for strengthening cooperation between their respective countries in various sectors. They also reviewed issues of mutual concern.