King Salman Issues Royal Order Promoting and Appointing 51 Judges at Board of Grievances

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 Issues Royal Order Promoting and Appointing 51 Judges at Board of Grievances

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 issued on Tuesday a royal order promoting and appointing 51 judges at the Board of Grievances, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

President of the Board of Grievances and Administrative Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Yousef said the royal order underscores the keenness of the Kingdom's prudent leadership on supporting the administrative judiciary.



Kuwait National Assembly ‘Opener’ Set for April 21

Kuwaiti MP Saleh Ashour invited lawmakers to attend the new National Assembly’s opener on Sunday, April 21
Kuwaiti MP Saleh Ashour invited lawmakers to attend the new National Assembly’s opener on Sunday, April 21
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Kuwait National Assembly ‘Opener’ Set for April 21

Kuwaiti MP Saleh Ashour invited lawmakers to attend the new National Assembly’s opener on Sunday, April 21
Kuwaiti MP Saleh Ashour invited lawmakers to attend the new National Assembly’s opener on Sunday, April 21

Kuwaiti MP Saleh Ashour, the second oldest lawmaker in the National Assembly who will chair the house’s opening session, invited lawmakers on Tuesday to attend the new parliament’s opener on Sunday, April 21.

Ashour said the Assembly’s secretariat contacted former speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun, who is the oldest member at 90 years old, to chair the opening session, but he apologized because he plans to run for the speaker’s post.

As a result, Ashour officially became the lawmaker to chair the opening session.

Ashour told the press at the National Assembly’s media center that the Assembly is meeting on April 21 as per constitutional deadlines for the 18th legislative term, as stated in Article 87.

Around 37 MPs confirmed they'll attend the opening session, following constitutional timelines.

Ashour clarified that due to Decree No. 67 of 2024, the session planned for April 17 is canceled, with the Assembly now convening on May 14 instead.

He emphasized that the April 21 session is in line with constitutional requirements, held after the two-week post-election period, ensuring transparency and dispelling any doubts.

Moreover, Kuwaiti lawmakers have urged Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the newly appointed Prime Minister, to focus more on citizens’ daily struggles.

His appointment comes after the previous caretaker Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, stepped down following the recent parliamentary elections.

Ashour stressed that the new premier must prioritize citizens’ welfare in his government’s plans.

Ashour stated that they hope Sheikh Ahmad’s cabinet will include qualified ministers committed to addressing citizens’ needs and improving their lives with a realistic action plan.

Lawmaker Fayez Al-Jumhour, on his part, stressed that the parliament and government should collaborate to improve citizens’ living standards.

MP Janan Boushahri also noted on “X” that the new prime minister has time to select competent ministers dedicated to the constitution.

Boushahri emphasized that cooperation is vital when it benefits the state and citizens.

She added that oversight is essential if the government deviates from the constitution or protects wrongdoers.


21st Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

The shipment has 43 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances. SPA
The shipment has 43 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances. SPA
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21st Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

The shipment has 43 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances. SPA
The shipment has 43 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances. SPA

Saudi Arabia has delivered its 21st shipment of relief aid to Ukraine.

The plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), landed on Tuesday in Poland near the Ukrainian border. The shipment has 43 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances.

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


Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Regional Developments with UAE, Qatari Leaders

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
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Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Regional Developments with UAE, Qatari Leaders

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received a telephone call on Tuesday from UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The two sides discussed the repercussions of the military escalation in the region, the threat it may pose to its security and stability, and the need to act to prevent the situation from worsening.

The Crown Prince also received a phone call from Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

During the call, they discussed the developments in Gaza, the recent military escalation and its repercussions on the region’s stability, and the importance of making all efforts to spare the region the dangers of escalation.


OIC Secretary General Offers Condolences to Oman over Flood Victims

Flooding is seen in Oman. (ONA)
Flooding is seen in Oman. (ONA)
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OIC Secretary General Offers Condolences to Oman over Flood Victims

Flooding is seen in Oman. (ONA)
Flooding is seen in Oman. (ONA)

Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Taha offered on Tuesday his condolences to the Sultanate of Oman for the tragic loss of life and injuries sustained by dozens of citizens due to the devastating floods that struck the state of Al-Mudhaibi.

Taha offered his sympathy to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

He emphasized the OIC's solidarity with the government and people of Oman.

Heavy rain has caused deadly floods and left dozens stranded in Oman.

A child's body was recovered on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 18 with two people missing, emergency authorities told the official Oman News Agency.

Nine schoolchildren and three adults died when their vehicles were swept away in flash floods, the news agency reported on Sunday.


Pakistani President Receives Saudi Foreign Minister, High-Level Delegation in Islamabad

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari receives Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and his accompanying delegation in Islamabad. (SPA)
President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari receives Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and his accompanying delegation in Islamabad. (SPA)
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Pakistani President Receives Saudi Foreign Minister, High-Level Delegation in Islamabad

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari receives Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and his accompanying delegation in Islamabad. (SPA)
President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari receives Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and his accompanying delegation in Islamabad. (SPA)

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari received on Tuesday Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, who is on an official visit to the country.

Meeting at the Pakistani Presidential Palace in Islamabad, Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the Pakistani president and their wishes for the Pakistani people further development and prosperity.

The officials reviewed the strong brotherly relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and ways to boost them in various fields.

They also discussed means to improve economic and development cooperation and push it towards broader horizons to achieve aspirations of more prosperity and development.

Prince Faisal was accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Al-Khorayef, Advisor to the Royal Court Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant Minister of Investment Ibrahim Al-Mubarak, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, as well as a number of senior officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and energy, Public Investment Fund, and the Saudi Fund for Development.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif later received Prince Faisal and the accompanying delegation.

They held talks on bilateral relations and joint cooperation and ways to boost them in all fields. They underlined the need to intensify bilateral and multilateral coordination on issues of common concern.

The officials also discussed economic and development cooperation, as well as international developments.

Prince Faisal also met with his Pakistani counterpart Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Islamabad.

They reviewed the brotherly relations between the two countries and ways to bolster them.  

They discussed the development in the Middle East, especially in the Gaza Strip and its neighboring areas, efforts to reach a ceasefire, and the provision of more urgent humanitarian aid.


KSrelief, WFP Sign Agreement to Provide Food Aid in South Sudan

The agreement was signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the KSrelief Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and World Food Program Executive Director Cindy McCain. (SPA)
The agreement was signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the KSrelief Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and World Food Program Executive Director Cindy McCain. (SPA)
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KSrelief, WFP Sign Agreement to Provide Food Aid in South Sudan

The agreement was signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the KSrelief Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and World Food Program Executive Director Cindy McCain. (SPA)
The agreement was signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the KSrelief Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and World Food Program Executive Director Cindy McCain. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) signed on Monday a joint cooperation agreement with the World Food Program to provide emergency food aid in South Sudan.

The signing ceremony took place in Paris on the sidelines of the international conference for Sudan and neighboring countries organized by France and the European Union.

The agreement was signed by Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the KSrelief Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and World Food Program Executive Director Cindy McCain.

The primary objective of the agreement is to prevent malnutrition among children under the age of two and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by providing access to food and health assistance. The initiative will benefit 6,265 people.

KSrelief and the WFP also signed another agreement on preventing moderate acute malnutrition for children under five and pregnant and nursing women in Sudan.

It will provide food aid and distribute 132.4 tons of nutritional supplements that will benefit 29,423 people.

This effort is an extension of the humanitarian and relief projects implemented by the Kingdom through the Center to support needy and affected people and promote food security in various parts of the world in collaboration with specialized UN agencies.


Royal Saudi Air Force to Participate in Desert Flag Air Exercise in UAE Next Week

The Royal Saudi Air Force will participate next week in the multinational air exercise at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. - SPA
The Royal Saudi Air Force will participate next week in the multinational air exercise at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. - SPA
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Royal Saudi Air Force to Participate in Desert Flag Air Exercise in UAE Next Week

The Royal Saudi Air Force will participate next week in the multinational air exercise at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. - SPA
The Royal Saudi Air Force will participate next week in the multinational air exercise at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. - SPA

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) will participate next week in the multinational air exercise “Desert Flag”, at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE.
RSAF Commander Lt. Gen. Prince Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud saw off, at King Faisal Air Base in the northern sector, the Saudi team participating in the drill, according to SPA.
He was briefed by the commander of the air force team on the readiness of the team and equipment, met with the members of the team and urged them to exercise utmost effort to fully benefit from the exercise, to do honor to RSAF and to strive to maintain the air force distinction in all forums, highlighting the importance of commitment to safety standards.
The RSAF Commander stressed that the “Desert Flag” is one of the important exercises in the region, adding that RSAF will participate in the exercise with the F-15SA aircraft, with all its air, technical and support crews, and that the participation will enable exchange of military experience, boost readiness and combat efficiency, and strengthen relations with the participating forces.


Arab Parliament Condemns Escalation of Settlers' Crimes in the West Bank

Arab Parliament Condemns Escalation of Settlers' Crimes in the West Bank
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Arab Parliament Condemns Escalation of Settlers' Crimes in the West Bank

Arab Parliament Condemns Escalation of Settlers' Crimes in the West Bank

The Arab Parliament condemned the escalating crimes and violations by settlers against unarmed Palestinians in villages, towns, camps, and cities in the West Bank.
The Arab Parliament, in a statement, held the Israeli occupation entity and the extremist right-wing government fully and directly responsible for the inciting calls and the subsequent crimes and violations that violate international law and all legitimate international resolutions.
These actions lead to escalating tensions and undermine the prospects for a two-state solution, the parliament said, SPA reported.
The Arab Parliament also called on the international community and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to provide international protection for the Palestinian people and urgently intervene to compel the Israeli occupation to cease all its colonial activities and immediately stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.


Saudi King, Crown Prince Offer Condolences to Sultan of Oman for Victims of Floods

Civil defense and ambulance teams managed to rescue 1,200 people from a school in the Wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi after their school was flooded (Omani News Agency).
Civil defense and ambulance teams managed to rescue 1,200 people from a school in the Wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi after their school was flooded (Omani News Agency).
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Saudi King, Crown Prince Offer Condolences to Sultan of Oman for Victims of Floods

Civil defense and ambulance teams managed to rescue 1,200 people from a school in the Wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi after their school was flooded (Omani News Agency).
Civil defense and ambulance teams managed to rescue 1,200 people from a school in the Wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi after their school was flooded (Omani News Agency).

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of the Sultanate of Oman for the victims of floods and rains that have affected parts of his country.

In his cable, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques extended to the Omani Sultan, the families of the deceased, and the Omani people his deepest condolences and sincere sympathy.

For his part, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, also sent a similar cable of condolences and sympathy over the incident.

In his cable, the Crown Prince expressed his deepest condolences and sincere sympathy to the Omani Sultan and the families of the deceased.


Pakistani PM Affirms Saudi Role in Leading Islamic World

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif speaks at the closing ceremony in Islamabad, to honor winners of the annual Quran competition Al-Maher (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif speaks at the closing ceremony in Islamabad, to honor winners of the annual Quran competition Al-Maher (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Pakistani PM Affirms Saudi Role in Leading Islamic World

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif speaks at the closing ceremony in Islamabad, to honor winners of the annual Quran competition Al-Maher (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif speaks at the closing ceremony in Islamabad, to honor winners of the annual Quran competition Al-Maher (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif referred on Monday to the Kingdom's status among the Pakistani people, its influence, its leadership of the Islamic world, and its great efforts in serving humanity in general.

Sharif and Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) and Chairman of the Organization of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa attended in Islamabad the closing ceremony to honor winners of the annual Quran competition Al-Maher (proficient) in the Holy Quran for young memorizers under the age of 10.

The two men also attended a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the project of a branch of the Museum of the Prophet's Biography and Islamic Civilization, whose main branch is in Madinah.

The ceremony was attended by several senior scholars and ministers of Pakistan, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Religious Affairs Minister Salik Hussain, and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, in addition to university professors and students, and memorizers of the Holy Quran and their families.

The Pakistani prime minister expressed his gratitude to MWL for its pioneering and Islamic role, its efforts in caring for memorizers of the Holy Quran, and its endeavours to spread the Islamic religion's true values.

He also commended the league's presence and influential global role, referring to the Kingdom's status among the Pakistani people, its influence, its leadership of the Islamic world, and its great efforts in serving humanity in general.

The PM underscored Pakistan’s embrace of the forthcoming Museum of the Prophet’s Biography, recognizing its potential to advance Islamic principles worldwide and deepen understanding of Prophet Mohammad’s life.

“This museum will serve as a pilgrimage destination not just for Pakistanis, but for people worldwide,” Sharif said, affirming that the Pakistani people would deeply appreciate the museum, a gift from Saudi Arabia.

In his address to the young Quran memorizers, Al-Issa said, “Today, we are delighted to meet with the young memorizers of the Holy Quran, under the patronage and presence of the prime minister of Pakistan, within the framework of the Islamic duties of his government, which attaches great importance to preserving the Holy Quran.”

He said that Quranic schools and institutions throughout the Islamic world should not focus merely on memorization but also on imparting understanding and insight into its meanings.

“Islam came as a middle ground between exaggeration and laxity. It came as good tidings, not repulsion, a facilitator, not a hardship. It came to call to following the straight path of God with wisdom and good preaching, calling for repel evil with that which is good, and guiding for what is most upright,” Al-Issa said.

Later, prizes were distributed to the outstanding winners in the annual Quranic competition, which lasted for a year across Pakistan, under the supervision of specialized arbitration committees. The attendees then watched a visual presentation about the International Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization.