Islamic Countries Adopt Makkah Agreement for Cooperation in Combating Corruption

A group photo of ministers, presidents, deputies and representatives of anti-corruption law enforcement agencies in the OIC member states and heads of relevant international organizations (Asharq Al-Awsat)
A group photo of ministers, presidents, deputies and representatives of anti-corruption law enforcement agencies in the OIC member states and heads of relevant international organizations (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Islamic Countries Adopt Makkah Agreement for Cooperation in Combating Corruption

A group photo of ministers, presidents, deputies and representatives of anti-corruption law enforcement agencies in the OIC member states and heads of relevant international organizations (Asharq Al-Awsat)
A group photo of ministers, presidents, deputies and representatives of anti-corruption law enforcement agencies in the OIC member states and heads of relevant international organizations (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Anti-corruption agencies of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states have adopted the Makkah Agreement aimed at strengthening cooperation and preventing corruption crimes.

The law enforcement agencies have attended their first ministerial meeting, in Jeddah. Heads of international bodies also attended the two-day meeting, which was held under the patronage of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

President of the Kingdom’s Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority Mazin bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous said that Saudi Arabia supported efforts to combat corruption at local and international levels, as it constituted a pillar of Vision 2030.

He said that the meeting was a confirmation of the OIC’s charter — which seeks to combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime — and embodied the strong relations between Islamic countries which helped signify a united front toward desired goals.

He added that the adoption of the Makkah Agreement by member states would establish a new phase of cooperation in the field of combating corruption to serve common interests.

For his part, OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha said that the Makkah Agreement provided the most significant and effective framework for preventing and combating corruption in member states through effective prevention, law enforcement, international cooperation, and asset recovery mechanisms.

Taha called on the OIC states to engage in the fight against corruption by signing and ratifying the Makkah Agreement in order to enforce anti-corruption laws “in accordance with their legal systems and in line with the aspirations and perspectives of member states in the fight against corruption.”

Furthermore, Taha thanked Saudi Arabia for its generous initiative in hosting the first ministerial meeting of law enforcement agencies concerned with combating corruption in member states under the umbrella of the OIC.

The Makkah Agreement looks to enhance cooperation between the enforcement authorities of anti-corruption laws in an efficient and speedy manner. It encourages joining the Riyadh Initiative, provides a legal framework for the exchange of information and investigations directly and quickly, and contributes to preventing corruption crimes and limiting safe havens for the corrupt.



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.