Saudi king orders urgent humanitarian assistance for Lebanon

Time: 06 August, 2020

  • King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will send supplies to help Lebanese authorities deal with aftermath of Beirut explosion

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the government, on the orders of King Salman, will urgently send humanitarian aid to Lebanon to help the authorities there deal with the aftermath of the massive explosion that ripped through downtown Beirut on Tuesday.

The assistance will be provided through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

At least 135 people were killed by the blast, which is believed to have been triggered by a fire at a warehouse where 2,750 tonnes of confiscated, highly explosive ammonium nitrate was being stored. More than 5,000 were injured and dozens are missing.

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King Salman leaves hospital after recovering from successful operation

Time: 31 July, 2020

King Salman leaves hospital on Thursday after recovering from an operation to have his gallbladder removed. (SPA)
  • The king was admitted to hospital with an inflamed gallbladder on July 20
  • He stayed in hospital to recover and receive further treatment

RIYADH: King Salman left hospital on Thursday after recovering from a successful operation to have his gallbladder removed, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The king underwent surgery after he was admitted to King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh with an inflamed gallbladder on July 20.

He stayed in hospital to recover and receive further treatment.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives Eid Al-Adha greetings from world leaders

Time: 31 July, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received telephone calls from several leaders and officials on Friday wishing him Eid Al-Adha greetings. (SPA)
  • The king recently left hospital after successful surgery

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received telephone calls from several leaders and officials on Friday wishing him Eid Al-Adha greetings and health after his recovery from an operation.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, congratulated King Salman on the blessed occasion and on his discharge from hospital.
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also wished the king Eid Mubarak and expressed happiness over his speedy recovery from an operation on his gallbladder.
The king also received similar messages from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as leaders from Djibouti and Indonesia.
For his part, the king also passed on Eid greetings to the leaders and thanked them for their kind messages on his health.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also received phone calls from the same leaders wishing him well wishes on the Muslim holiday.

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Saudi crown prince receives telephone calls checking on King Salman’s health

24/07/20

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received telephone calls from the King of Bahrain, the crown prince of Kuwait and the speaker of Iraq’s parliament checking on King Salman’s health.
The crown prince thanked Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Iraq’s Mohammed Al-Halbousi for their calls and concern for the king’s health.
King Salman underwent successful surgery to have his gallbladder removed on Thursday and is in hospital where he is recovering and receiving further treatment.

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King Salman recovering from successful operation to remove gallbladder

Time: 23 July, 2020

King Salman. (SPA)
  • The operation took place at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
  • The king will spend some time recovering at the hospital as advised by the medical team

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman underwent a successful operation to have his gallbladder removed and is recovering in hospital, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

The laparoscopic surgery took place at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh where the king will spend some time to receive treatment as advised by the medical team.

King Salman chaired a virtual cabinet meeting from the hospital on Tuesday and thanked all those who have asked after his health and wished him well since he was admitted with an inflamed gallbladder.

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Saudi king in hospital for medical tests

20/07/20

King Salman. (SPA photo)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been admitted to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh for medical test, the royal court said in statement early on Monday.

The king was admitted for inflammation of the gallbladder, said the announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

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13 women appointed to Saudi Human Rights Commission

Time: 03 July, 2020

King Salman issued the order. (SPA)
  • The move is in line with efforts made by the Kingdom’s leadership to enable women to occupy leading positions in various fields

RIYADH: Thirteen women have been appointed to the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) under a royal decree issued by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
The appointments mean half the positions on the commission’s council will be occupied by women — a major step in furthering women’s empowerment in the country.
“Appointing 13 women as members of the HRC council, with a total of 26 members, is in line with efforts made by the Kingdom’s leadership to enable women to occupy leading positions in various fields, and helps achieve what is best for the country,” said Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, head of the HRC.
He thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for issuing the royal decree to form the commission’s council in its fourth session for a period of 4 years.
Al-Awwad said that the Saudi leadership’s support and guidance had a great impact on the HRC mission to promote and consolidate human rights principles for the benefit of Saudis and expats.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), in cooperation with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has completed a comprehensive four-part training program for 350 participants from all 13 of the Kingdom’s regions involved in collecting and managing data on crimes involving people trafficking.
The program is the latest in a comprehensive series of training initiatives that followed the establishment in March of the Kingdom’s first National Referral Mechanism, a framework to identify and support potential victims of people trafficking.
Almost a dozen Saudi ministries and authorities, as well as other government and non-government bodies, are involved in the initiative.
Sarah Al-Tamimi, NCCHT’s vice-chair, said: “The completion of this phase of training is part of a holistic agenda that tackles people trafficking from a diversity of angles. We are committed to combating this abominable crime and protecting everyone, without exception, in the Kingdom.”
He added: “This is a crime that knows no borders and requires all of us to work together toward its eradication.”
Judge Hatem Fouad, UNODC representative for the Gulf region, said: “Our partnership with the Kingdom reflects the reality of the complex, international and multifaceted fight against trafficking in persons.
“I thank the committee members and vice-chair Sarah Al-Tamimi for their fruitful cooperation, and I thank the participants of the training sessions for continuing to improve the Kingdom’s anti-trafficking response,” he said.

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King Salman: Saudi Arabia will overcome coronavirus with ‘resolve and positivity’

25/05/20

RIYADH: King Salman said on Sunday that he “sees hope in the coming days” in a message to mark Eid Al-Fitr.

Referring to the coronavirus pandemic, he said that Saudi Arabia will overcome “all calamity” through resolve and positivity.

The king also thanked God for the blessing of Eid Al-Fitr, a celebration marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.

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Citizens and residents’ health and safety top concern: King Salman

24/05/20

  • King Salman addressed Saudi residents and the Muslim world on eve of Eid Al-Fitr
  • He thanked Saudi citizens and residents for their adherence to the instructions for social distancing

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Saturday that the health and safety of the Kingdom’s residents and citizens is of top concern.

“The world is facing an unprecedented health pandemic,” the king said in a speech on Eid Al-Fitr to Saudi citizens, residents and Muslims everywhere, offering his good wishes to mark the arrival of the annual celebration amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The speech, delivered by acting Minister of Media Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr after maghrib prayers, came at a time when Saudi Arabia and the world are witnessing an unprecedented health and economic crisis.

King Salman thanked the residents for their commitment during these difficult times. They are celebrating the Muslim holiday at home, many of them unable to enjoy it with their families under the stay-at-home restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic.

In his speech, King Salman called upon the whole community to understand these special circumstances, where Muslims are prevented from performing Eid prayers and exchanging visits, and he reaffirmed that the safety and health of all is a top priority.

“I greatly appreciate your commitment in spending Eid Al-Fitr in your homes, consciously and responsibly, respecting social distancing procedures and sending Eid congratulations through electronic communications and correspondence. All these measures are for the sake of your safety, as nothing is more important than good health.”

The speech is a major boost for morale, as the King thanked hundreds of thousands of health workers and others from all sectors who are working day and night in response to the pandemic and doing all that they can to provide citizens with the support they need. With the efforts made by Saudi Arabia’s government and the compliance of its residents, great strides have been taken.

Saudi Arabia has made every effort to combat the pandemic and to mitigate its effects. The Kingdom has also provided generous aid to the World Health Organization (WHO) in support of its efforts to confront the pandemic.”

King Salman also addressed in his speech the role Saudi Arabia plays on a global scale and its duty towards humanity when, as chair of the G20, it called an extraordinary summit of G20 members to discuss the health, economic and social impact of the pandemic and to develop an action plan in response to the outbreak.

“The Kingdom will spare no effort to bring good to humanity in this particular pandemic, and in all aspects of life.”

Saudi Arabia announced 2,442 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the majority of which recorded in Riyadh at 794.

It also announced 2,233 new recoveries and 15 deaths.

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Saudi king orders release of $493 million in ‘Ramadan Aid’ to social security beneficiaries

Time: 11 May, 2020

Saudi King Salman. (SPA file photo)

RIYADH: King Salman has ordered the disbursement of 1.85 billion riyals ($492.6 million) in “Ramadan aid” to social security beneficiaries of Saudi Arabia.

Providers of families will get 1,000 riyals each while family members will get 500 riyals each, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi Arabia has also been distributing Ramadan meals to the needy in various countries.

In Yemen, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has stepped up its humanitarian and relief aid amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.

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