King Salman says Saudi Arabia is proactive in fighting extremist ideology and terrorism

Time: 23 November 2020

  • Statement came during a phone call with Charles Michel, the president of the European Council

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said the Kingdom is proactive in taking initiatives aimed at fighting extremist ideology and terrorism.
The statement came during a phone call with Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, Saudi Press Agency reported.
At the beginning of the call, Michel congratulated the King on the “remarkable success” of the G20 Summit hosted in Riyadh at the weekend.
Michel expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s remarkable efforts in combating extremism and terrorism, and the Council’s desire to enhance cooperation in these fields with the Kingdom, based on its leadership role in the Islamic world.
King Salman also affirmed Saudi Arabia’s keenness to strengthen relations with EU countries.
He indicated that the Kingdom is proactive in taking initiatives aimed at combating extremist ideology and terrorism, promoting tolerance and coexistence among peoples, and dialogue between religions.

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King Salman’s G20 speech a roadmap for economic sustainability

23/11/20

King Salman’s speech at the G20 was a global document of reassurance. His speech ended with a sentence restoring hope to all people of the world. This came amid the fragile global economic situation and health crises that need reassurance.

King Salman affirmed a commitment to work with the rest of the world to confront the pandemic, ensure economic recovery, and take proactive measures to face any such emergency in the future. In other words, the speech was a roadmap for Saudi Arabia and all its global allies. It has set the tone for the next G20 Summit in Italy in 2021, and the one in India scheduled for 2022.

The Saudi king stressed the need to take measures to ensure a sustainable economy and promote a circular carbon economy, which is one of the Kingdom’s many goals to ensure cleaner, sustainable and affordable energy. Saudi Arabia has one of the lowest levels of carbon emissions, and it has put forward a vision of a low-carbon economy to become a global model in this regard.

The Kingdom adopted the concept of a circular carbon economy and presented it at the G20 Summit with a holistic and realistic approach to achieve more sustainability in the economic system. To achieve this goal, Saudi Arabia is taking measures to reduce carbon emissions in all sectors.

It is the opposite of the linear carbon economy that currently prevails, in which carbon resources are burned so that energy is produced in all its forms. This is a waste of valuable carbon resources that can be used chemically as raw materials to produce other commodities with added value. There are several sectors — such as chemicals, waste management and housing — that must cooperate with the global energy sector to contribute to the transformation from a linear economy to a successful circular carbon one.

The Kingdom is investing heavily in new energy solutions and efficiency for the benefit of the world. In fact, it is reforming its entire energy system. It has the largest plant in the world for carbon capture, storage and use, and it converts half-a-million tons of carbon dioxide annually into useful products such as fertilizers and methanol.

The Kingdom also has the region’s most advanced plants for enhanced oil extraction using carbon dioxide, and it separates and stores 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. This is in addition to other plans to create more infrastructure facilities for carbon capture in all Saudi regions.

• Faisal Faeq is an energy and oil marketing adviser. He was formerly with OPEC and Saudi Aramco. Twitter:@faisalfaeq

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King Salman orders urgent aid to earthquake-hit Izmir

07/11/20

In this drone image, collapsed buildings, destroyed in the Oct. 30 earthquake are seen in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP)

The death toll in last Friday’s Aegean Sea earthquake rose to 116 on Wednesday
KSRelief will provide those affected by the earthquake in Turkey with urgent medical and humanitarian aid
JEDDAH: King Salman has ordered the dispatch of urgent aid to the thousands of people affected by an earthquake in the Turkish city of Izmir, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Oct. 30 in the Aegean Sea and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul. The quake toppled buildings over, injuring thousands. The death toll rose to 116.
The aid will be dispatched through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and comes within the king’s keenness to stand by the Turkish people and alleviate the devastating effects of the earthquake, which caused heavy loss of life and damage to property, and as an extension of the humanitarian role played by the Kingdom during crises.
Meanwhile in Sudan, KSRelief is continuing with its work to provide vital shelter for those affected by floods. It distributed 139 tents in Khartoum, benefiting 834 people.

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The aid will be dispatched through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

Its clinics are providing medical services in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, where around 435 patients with various health conditions were treated.
The center is also offering essential medical services for displaced people at Waalan camp in Yemen’s Haradh directorate.
KSRelief, which was established in 2015, has contributed to humanitarian projects worth nearly $4.7 billion in partnership with different global nonprofit organizations.
It has implemented more than 1,367 different projects in 54 countries, especially in conflict zones and tragedy-stricken areas.
According to a recent KSRelief report, the countries and territories that have benefited the most from its projects include Yemen ($3.3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($297 million) and Somalia ($198 million).

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Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Time: 22 October 2020  

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies.
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.

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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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