Saudi Arabia Condemns Storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Extremists Under Israeli Occupied Forces Protection

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and denunciation of the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by a group of extremists under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces. The Ministry affirms that these practices are considered a blatant violation of all international norms and conventions, and a provocation to the feelings of Muslims around the world.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds the Israeli occupation forces fully responsible for the repercussions of these continued violations and stresses its call on the international community to assume its responsibilities to end the escalation of the Israeli occupation, provide the necessary protection for civilians, and exert all efforts to end this conflict.




Source: Saudi Press Agency

HRH the Crown Prince Congratulates Chilean President on Independence Day

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has sent a cable of congratulations to Republic of Chile President Gabriel Boric Font on the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day.


HRH the Crown Prince wished the Chilean president continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of the Republic of Chile steady progress and prosperity.




Source: Saudi Press Agency

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates Chilean President on Independence Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulations to Republic of Chile President Gabriel Boric Font on the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day.


The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques wished the Chilean president continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of the Republic of Chile steady progress and prosperity.




Source: Saudi Press Agency

GACA: Passenger Protection Regulations secure SAR58 million in compensations for travelers over 2 years

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said that, based on the stipulations in its passenger rights protection regulations, national airlines have issued compensations totaling SAR58 million to passengers in the period 2021-2022.


These compensations, according to GACA, were given primarily to address issues such as delays, loss of luggage, flight cancellations and delays.


GACA stressed it commitment to uphold passengers’ rights; the present rules are a precursor to the improved regulations set to be enacted on November 20, 2023.


GACA Executive Vice President for Quality and Passenger Experience Abdulaziz Al-Dahmash said that protection of passengers’ rights is pivotal to nurturing a competitive aviation sector that serves both the Kingdom and travelers, adding that GACA aims to ensure that passengers are well-informed about their rights and can easily navigate the process of obtaining refunds as per the regulations.


GACA also reminded airlines, their representatives and agents of the need to adhere to the new regulations, and reaffirmed its commitment to performing its regulatory and supervisory role in the aviation sector, which aims to safeguard the public interest through an impartial implementation of the regulations, thus enhancing passenger satisfaction and elevating the travel experience within the Kingdom.


The forthcoming regulations are going to be among the most comprehensive rules applied to protect passengers. They are an integral part of the broader Saudi Aviation Strategy aimed at boosting the sector’s global competitiveness and unlocking the tourism potential, which aligns with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 that envisions up to 330 million travelers benefiting annually from air transport services by the year 2030.




Source: Saudi Press Agency

Kuwait Welcomes Saudi-Omani Efforts to Solve Yemeni Crisis

The Foreign Ministry of Kuwait on Sunday expressed gratitude for the Saudi and Omani governments’ concerted efforts to find a solution to the Yemeni crisis.


The ministry also praised the fact that the Yemeni delegation was invited to carry out to the end the talks on the ceasefire agreement and reach a solution that all sides agree on, under UN auspices, while also reaffirming its full support for all regional and international efforts to put an end to the Yemeni crisis, in accordance with the GCC Initiative and relevant UN resolutions, and to restore stability and security in the country.




Source: Saudi Press Agency

Arab Parliament Praises Saudi Arabia, Oman Efforts to Arrive at Peace in Yemen


Arab Parliament Speaker Adel bin Abdurrahman Al-Assoumi has praised the efforts exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman to end the war in Yemen and reach a just and comprehensive peace, stressing that these endeavors are a continuation of previous Gulf initiative that have paved the way for restoring stability and ensuring decent living conditions for the Yemeni people.


In a statement on Sunday, Al-Assoumi expressed hope that these efforts will help Yemenis end the war that has been going on for years and will lead to setting up the basis for a state of institutions, as well as facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Yemenis.


Al-Assoumi added that since the outbreak of the crisis, the Kingdom has been exerting big efforts to arrive at a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis, end the conflict among Yemenis, and ensure security and stability in the country.


He also commended the endeavors made by the Omani diplomacy to bring perspectives closer together among all parties to the conflict.




Source: Saudi Press Agency

Third Saudi Relief Plane Leaves for Libya

A third Saudi relief plane departed today from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh to Benghazi’s Benina International Airport carrying 50 tons of food that will be distributed to the victims of the floods that hit Libya recently.


The aid is sent in implementation of the directives given by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister to King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) to provide food and shelter material to those affected.


A KSrelief specialized team will manage the aid distribution in coordination with the Libyan Red Crescent.


These efforts are testimony to the Kingdom’s unwavering support to friendly countries in times of crisis and hardship.




Source: Saudi Press Agency


GCC Ministerial Council of Foreign Ministers Statement on Iraq, Issued at its Coordination Meeting in New York

The Ministerial Council of the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held a coordination meeting in New York and issued the following statement:


In the presence of the GCC foreign ministers, the ministerial council held a meeting on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the headquarters of the Permanent Delegation of the Sultanate of Oman to the UN, in New York, where the council discussed the current developments in the Republic of Iraq.


The ministerial council called on Iraq to take serious and urgent steps to address the negative effects of these developments, which resulted from the ruling of the Federal Supreme Court issued on Monday, September 4, 2023, and published on Thursday, September 14, 2023, that included inaccurate historical details, out of context, regarding the agreement concluded in 2012 between Kuwait and Iraq concerning the regulation of maritime navigation in Khor Abdullah, which was ratified by the Iraqi side in 2013 and was deposited with the UN.


The ministerial council stressed that these developments do not serve relations with the GCC countries and violate international charters, treaties and agreements, including UN Security Council Resolution 833.




Source: Saudi Press Agency


Council of Economic and Development Affairs Holds Virtual Meeting to Discuss a Slew of Economic Issues


The Council of Economic and Development Affairs has held a video conference to discuss reports, presentations and topics on its agenda, including the periodic presentation submitted by the Ministry of Economy and Planning on local and global economic developments.


The presentation included an analysis of key indicators of the national economy and the growth rate witnessed recently. It commended the continuous growth of non-oil activities.


It also praised the high growth rates of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in the non-oil private sector for the third year in a row, which reached the highest performance level among the G20 countries.


It also included predictions of national economic growth, a comprehensive overview of developments of the global economy in the recent past, and an analysis of international key economic indicators.


The council discussed efforts made to develop and diversify the national production of goods and services that have a competitive advantage for the Kingdom, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 goals to build a thriving economy that improves the country’s standing globally.


The presentation addressed priority economic activities that have attractive advantages for the development of the industrial sector, such as metal works, the automobile industry, computer and electronic products, and activities in service sectors such as tourism, transportation and logistics, communications and information technology.


The presentation also touched on opportunities to develop and diversify national goods and services, and raise the level of competitiveness of national production in partnership with the private sector, investors and state-owned companies in a way that supports the growth of non-oil exports and boosts integration in local, regional and international value chains, as well as contributes to increasing local content, improves the Kingdom’s non-oil trade balance, and achieves economic sustainability.


The council tackled the Office of the Strategic Committee of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs’ quarterly report on the programs to achieve Vision 2030. The report includes a comprehensive evaluation of the performance related to the programs, the most prominent achievements realized, and future aspirations. It also highlights the progress of these programs during Q2 of 2023, in regard to three pillars, “a vibrant society, a thriving economy, and an ambitious nation”, and the focus on launching initiatives that, when implemented, will help achieve the strategic goals of the vision.


The council discussed the quarterly presentation submitted by the National Center for Performance Management of Public Entities regarding the performance of public sector entities. It highlighted the performance of different entities and their efforts to achieve Vision 2030, the results of the performance review meetings held by the center in cooperation with the entities, and the corrective measures taken to ensure that targets are reached.


The council also went over the presentation submitted by the National Center for Privatization on the highlights of the presentations submitted by the supervisory committees for privatization projects for H1 of 2023. The presentation included the outcomes of the privatization projects, the achievements of the supervisory committees, and the most prominent challenges and solutions presented during this period.


The council has then taken the necessary decisions and recommendations.




Source: Saudi Press Agency


Minister of Foreign Affairs Participates in GCC Foreign Ministers Coordination Meeting


Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah participated yesterday in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers coordination meeting, held in New York City, US.


The ministers and the GCC secretary-general discussed ways to enhance cooperation and coordination, the latest Gulf, regional and international developments, along with the efforts exerted in this regard.


The meeting also tackled the importance of strengthening cooperation with international organizations in order to enhance international peace and security.


The meeting was attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multiple International Affairs Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi.




Source: Saudi Press Agency