Saudi Arabia Says 2021 Hajj Plan Hinges on Pandemic

Acting Media Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi addresses the press briefing on Sunday. (SPA)
Acting Media Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi addresses the press briefing on Sunday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Says 2021 Hajj Plan Hinges on Pandemic

Acting Media Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi addresses the press briefing on Sunday. (SPA)
Acting Media Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi addresses the press briefing on Sunday. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that the mechanism that will be in place for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage hinges on the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the periodic government press briefing, acting Media Minister Dr. Majid al-Qasabi remarked that the world was facing major challenges because of the pandemic given that the virus was constantly mutating.

He also noted a shortage in vaccinations in several countries.

These factors have forced a delay in announcing the plan of this year’s holy pilgrimage, he explained.

The ministers of health and Hajj and Umrah will clarify the pilgrimage mechanism in coming days given the ongoing challenges, he added.

Al-Qasabi stressed that Saudi Arabia was among the world’s leading countries in providing the best vaccines to its people. It has secured deliveries for more than twice its population in order to provide the necessary protection to its citizens and residents.

So far, 40 percent of the population has been vaccinated, or around 15 million shots have been given.

In its effort to coexist with the pandemic, the Kingdom has taken all the precautions to secure a safe return to normal and resume travel within the necessary health protocols that have taken it to the top global position in government response to the coronavirus, he stressed.

Asked by Asharq Al-Awsat about the inoculation of teaching staff at schools and universities, he replied that only 70 percent of teachers have been vaccinated.

Al-Qasabi therefore, urged teachers to sign up to receive the vaccine, adding, however, that no one will be forced to take the shot.

The Kingdom has announced that it will resume in-person teaching for the next academic year.

New infections have been steadily declining in Saudi Arabia. It confirmed 984 new cases on Sunday, 1,185 recoveries and 16 fatalities.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Abdelali hailed the people’s awareness and compliance with the health precautions, which has helped achieve the drop in cases.

He urged them to continue to comply with the measures and called on people who have not yet received the vaccine to sign up for it.



45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)

The 45th Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt on Friday carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.

The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people in times of crisis.


Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
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Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, made a telephone call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad of Algeria, Ahmed Attaf.
During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the region.

Talks also focused on the situation in the Gaza Strip, its surroundings, and the efforts being exerted in this regard.


Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Thursday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the latest developments and means to ease regional tensions.

They discussed issues of common interest, namely the situation in Sudan and Gaza, and the importance of delivering more humanitarian aid to the Palestinian enclave.


Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Wednesday the ministry's senior officials, who came to congratulate him on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Meeting at the Al Safa Palace in the holy city of Makkah, Prince Khalid conveyed the congratulations and greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Supreme Commander of All Military Forces, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion.

Prince Khalid appealed to God to safeguard the Kingdom, its leadership and people and for security, stability and prosperity to prevail under the wise leadership.


Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
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Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received on Wednesday a telephone call from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

The leaders congratulated each other on the occasion, appealing to God Almighty to return it with goodness and blessings.

Crown Prince Mohammed also received a similar call of congratulations from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.


Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performed on Wednesday the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah.

After the prayer, he received several princes, religious scholars, ministers and senior officials, who congratulated him on the occasion of Eid.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performed on Wednesday the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

He was joined by several princes and senior officials who took the opportunity to convey their congratulations and blessings to King Salman on the occasion.


20th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
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20th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA

The 20th Saudi relief flight operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived on Tuesday in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border.

It will cross the border into Ukraine, carrying 50 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances.

The aid reflects the Kingdom's unwavering commitment to supporting the needy people and those affected by crises and difficulties worldwide.


Saudi, Maltese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza

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, Maltese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza

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

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, received a telephone call on Tuesday from his Maltese counterpart, Ian Borg.

During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and its neighboring areas and the efforts to reach peace and stability.


King Salman Congratulates Muslims on Eid, Stresses Need to End Violations against Palestinians

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
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King Salman Congratulates Muslims on Eid, Stresses Need to End Violations against Palestinians

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz congratulated on Tuesday Muslims across the globe on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

In an address on the occasion, he stressed that Eid embodies the values of unity and tolerance.

He underlined the need for an end to the violations against the Palestinian people and to secure humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to end their suffering and allow them to obtain all of their legitimate rights, including the establishment of an independent state.

King Salman added that God Almighty had bestowed Saudi Arabia with several blessings, paramount of which was unity and the honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques and Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

The Kingdom will forge ahead along the path paved by founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman and his heirs, he vowed.