King Salman, Moroccan king discuss coordinating efforts to contain Iran threats

May 3, 2018

  • Morocco on Tuesday announced that it was severing ties with Iran after finding that Tehran was arming and training Polisario separatists via Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia
  • In addition to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have also expressed their support to Morocco

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI spoke on Thursday to emphasize the need to unite their positions and coordinate efforts to counter the aggressive tendency of the Iranian regime.
King Salman called the Moroccan king and confirmed that Saudi Arabia stands with Morocco “against what could jeopardize its security, stability and territorial integrity,” the Saudi Press Agency said.
“The two leaders underscored the importance of unifying their positions and coordinating the efforts to confront the aggressive tendency of the Iranian regime, its intervention as well as that of its agents in the affairs of Arab countries and its policies aiming at destabilizing the security of the Arab world,” said the report.

Morocco on Tuesday said it was cutting ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario front, which is seeking independence from Rabat.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat after finding out that the Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah have been training Polisario militants.
Morrocco also accused the Algerian government of being complicit with Polisario militants and Hezbollah.
Bourita had said that “a first shipment of weapons was recently” sent to the Polisario Front via an “element” at the Iranian embassy in Algiers.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have expressed their support to Morocco’s move to sever its ties with Iran, whom the Gulf allies have accused of causing chaos and instability in the region by arming militias such as the Houthis in Yemen and Shiite militias in Iraq.
Iranian agents have also been accused of inciting Shiites in Kuwait and Bahrain into committing acts of sedition.

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Saudi king, WHO chief discuss ways to enhance cooperation

Time: April 29, 2018

RIYADH: King Salman received Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Sunday.

The meeting reviewed ways to increase cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the WHO.

Recently, in response to funding appeals from WHO and UNICEF to help them fight cholera epidemic, including support for the water and sanitation sectors in Yemen, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) to allocate $66.7 million.

The WHO collaborates with many organizations to support countries achieve their national health development goals, and ensures that all efforts are coordinated.

According to WHO’s official website, in Saudi Arabia these organizations include the UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners, donors, non-governmental organizations, WHO collaborating centers and the private sector.

Physicians, public health specialists, scientists, social scientists and epidemiologists provide appropriate technical support and collaboration upon the request or acceptance of national authorities.

WHO staff in Saudi Arabia include experts in the fields of health.

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Saudi King Salman meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Apr 29, 2018

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is using the Middle East tour to call for concerted international action against Iran
  • Senior US officials traveling with Pompeo blamed Iran for smuggling missiles to Houthi militais in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is using the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad as America’s top diplomat to call for concerted international action to punish Iran for its missile programs.
He’s also urging Saudi Arabia and its neighbors to resolve a long-festering dispute with Qatar that US officials say Iran is exploiting to boost its influence in the region, including in Yemen and Syria.
“I think they would all agree that it’s in everyone’s best interests that the Gulf states all figure out how to be together,” Pompeo told reporters as he traveled to Israel. “We’ve got a common challenge in Iran I think they all recognize that. We’re hopeful that they will in their own way figure out their dispute between them.”
The ex-CIA chief arrived in Riyadh a day earlier, shortly after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles at Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Jazan, killing one person and underscoring what US officials said is a growing threat emanating from Iran.
Senior US officials traveling with Pompeo blamed Iran for smuggling the missiles into Yemen. They said the incident highlighted the importance of the Trump administration’s push to counter Iran in the region. Iran has also provided crucial support to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“Iran destabilizes this entire region,” Pompeo said in brief remarks to journalists with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, taking no questions. Pompeo also stressed that Gulf unity was “essential.”
Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom “supports the policy of the Trump administration against Iran and to improve the terms of the nuclear agreement with Iran.”
Mediation efforts led by Kuwait and supported by the US, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who Trump fired last month, have proven unsuccessful.
Pompeo’s meetings in Saudi Arabia, to be followed by discussions in Israel and Jordan, come just weeks ahead of several key dates that could bring further volatility to the region.
Trump has set a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, something he appears likely to do despite heavy pressure to stay in from European and other parties.
Two days later, the US plans to open its new embassy in Jerusalem. That will mark a significant shift in decades of American policy toward Israel and the Palestinians, who also claim the holy city as their capital.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman heads to Jeddah

April 29, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has left Riyadh for Jeddah Sunday, state news agency SPA reported.

He flew from King Salman Air Base Airport, where he was seen off by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh region, a number of princes, ministers, and senior officials.

He was accompanied by a number of princes and officials.

The King usually spends the summer months and Ramadan in Jeddah, accompanied by many government workers.

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King Salman declared ‘Islamic World’s Personality of the Year’

SOURCE: Arab News

April 23, 2018

  • Religious leaders demand an independent Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital
  • UNSC should take notice of Houthi missile attacks on Saudi cities

LAHORE: A group of religious scholars in Pakistan have declared King Salman the “Islamic World’s Personality of the Year 2017,” in recognition of his services to the Muslim world, especially to Palestine.

The scholars gathered in Lahore to participate in the International Paigham-e-Islam Conference (Message of Islam Conference) organized on Monday by the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC).

The event was chaired by PUC President Maulana Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi and attended by Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs Secretary Talal Al-Aqeel as chief guest.

The Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki, was also in attendance.

The participants of the conference expressed deep appreciation for the role played by King Salman in uniting the Muslim Ummah and raising his voice for its rights at every international forum.

King Salman’s Islamic World’s Personality of the Year Award was received on his behalf by the Saudi ambassador.

During the course of the conference, the participants fully endorsed the decision of the 29th Arab League Summit and rejected US decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. They unanimously declared that the US decision was not acceptable to anyone among the Muslim countries.

“The only solution to the issue is the establishment of an independent Palestinian state that has its capital in Jerusalem. No other solution can bring peace to the region,” said the resolution adopted by the conference.

The participants also noted that Muslims of the world were facing significant challenges due to the menace of extremism, terrorism and sectarianism.

Many of them stated that the enemies of Islam were benefiting from these differences that had fragmented Muslim communities all over the world. They also noted that after destroying Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, such elements were also planning to turn on, and destablize, Saudi Arabia.

The conference participants expressed their concern over missile attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Houthis, saying no Muslim would tolerate an attack on Islam’s holiest cities and that the UN Security Council should take note of those who were supporting the Houthis.

“No one can afford the destabilization of Saudi Arabia, and Iran should not support the Houthis. The world should take notice of excesses committed by Houthis,” Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, president of the PUC, said while addressing the gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, the Saudi ambassador thanked the conference for declaring King Salman the Islamic World’s Personality of the Year.

“The Saudi government is always ready to serve the people of Pakistan. The two countries are tied by the bonds of friendship and Saudi Arabia values Pakistan’s feelings for the Kingdom,” he said.

The conference also lauded the Pakistan Army for providing training facilities to Saudi forces.

“The Pakistan Army, being the force of a nuclear country, has the responsibility of ensuring the safety of all Muslim countries. It should fully cooperate with the Saudi armed forces by providing them consultation and training to meet the challenges of terrorism from external forces,” another resolution passed by the conference read.

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King cites center’s role in enhancing national cohesion and promoting culture of dialogue

Time: April 23, 2018

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday met Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammad Al-Sabeel, chairman of Board of Trustees of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, and other members of the board at Al-Yamamah Palace.

The king laid emphasis on the importance of the center’s role in serving the society, enhancing national cohesion and in promoting the culture of dialogue.

The Riyadh-based center was founded in 2003 with the aim of strengthening national unity.

One of the main objectives of the center is to formulate a correct Islamic discourse based on moderation and moderation.

It is a national organization that aims to spread the culture of dialogue and establish it as a norm for general conduct on the levels of the individual citizen.

The center also undertakes the study and discussion of issues of national importance, which effect the lives of Saudi citizens.

It regularly organizes forums at the national level in different parts of the Kingdom. The topics covered at these meetings range from unity to youth’s expectations.

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King cites center’s role in enhancing national cohesion and promoting culture of dialogue

Apr 23, 2018

  • The Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue was founded in 2003
  • It regularly organizes forums at the national level in different parts of the Kingdom

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday met Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammad Al-Sabeel, chairman of Board of Trustees of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, and other members of the board at Al-Yamamah Palace.

The king laid emphasis on the importance of the center’s role in serving the society, enhancing national cohesion and in promoting the culture of dialogue.

The Riyadh-based center was founded in 2003 with the aim of strengthening national unity.

One of the main objectives of the center is to formulate a correct Islamic discourse based on moderation and moderation.

It is a national organization that aims to spread the culture of dialogue and establish it as a norm for general conduct on the levels of the individual citizen.

The center also undertakes the study and discussion of issues of national importance, which effect the lives of Saudi citizens.

It regularly organizes forums at the national level in different parts of the Kingdom. The topics covered at these meetings range from unity to youth’s expectations.

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