Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia denies meeting between Crown Prince, Israeli PM

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has denied reports that a meeting took place between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli officials. “I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during

Israeli PM meets MBS, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia: sources

ISLAMABAD: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly traveled to Saudi Arabia to hold meetings with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary Mike Pompeo. As per reports by Hebrew-language media, Benjamin Netanyahu’s flight was detected on flight-tracking websites,

G20 leaders commit to fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines

RIYADH: G20 leaders said on Sunday they will “spare no effort” to ensure the fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines worldwide and support poor countries whose economies have been ravaged by the crisis. As the pandemic rages, the club of the

Pakistan strongly condemns Saudi Arabia’s cemetery attack

JEDDAH: Pakistan has strongly condemned the violent attack on a cemetery in Saudi Arabia. Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez said in a statement that several people were injured in the attack on the Jeddah cemetery. Such attacks and extremism are

Saudi Arabia congratulates Biden over winning US election

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s king and its powerful crown prince have congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election, state media said. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent congratulatory messages to US president-elect Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala

Saudi man rams car into Makkah’s Grand Mosque

MAKKAH: A speeding car driven by a Saudi citizen rammed into the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday evening. Videos posted on social media shows the car ploughing through plastic barricades in the outer courtyard of the mosque, before driving

Saudi Arabia set for Formula One debut in 2021

LONDON: Saudi Arabia is set to host a Formula One grand prix for the first time next year with a street race in Jeddah. The new coronavirus pandemic has added uncertainty although the sport’s ability to race this year has

Saudi Arabia to allow foreign Umrah pilgrims from Nov 1

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia will allow foreign pilgrims to perform Umrah from 1st November as the kingdom further lifts travel restrictions enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to Saudi media, foreign pilgrims between the age of 18 and 50

Saudi Arabia appoints second female ambassador

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has appointed Amal Yahya Al-Moallimi as the ambassador to Norway making her the country’s second female ambassador. Princess Reema bint Bandar has been appointed ambassador to the United States. She is performing her official duties. According to

Khashoggi’s fiancee sues Saudi Crown Prince in US over murder

WASHINGTON: The fiancee of journalist Jamal Khashoggi sued Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and other officials in a US court, seeking damages for his brutal murder in Istanbul two years ago. Turkish citizen Hatice Cengiz and the human rights group Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia hosts G20 talks on virus recovery, debt relief

RIYADH: G20 finance ministers and central bankers are set to hold talks on Wednesday aimed at spurring global recovery from a coronavirus-triggered recession and considering a proposal to extend debt relief for crisis-hit countries. The virtual talks, hosted by current

CAA issues new travel advisory for passengers

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a new travel advisory for passengers travelling abroad from the country. According to details, the flights coming from abroad have been divided into two categories (A and B) in wake of the

Man beats daughter, posts on social media in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: A man has been arrested for shackling and beating his daughter, filming the offence and posting a video clip of it on social media.  The Burmese man allegedly confessed that he assaulted his 11-year-old daughter after tying her with

Saudi gang sentenced to 64 years for theft, money laundering

RIYADH: Six out of eleven member gang have been sentenced to 64 years in prison for blowing up an ATM and stealing 1.4 million riyals. The Criminal Court in Riyadh ordered 700,000 riyals seized from them to be confiscated. It

Turkey indicts six more Saudis over Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors have indicted six new Saudis suspected of involvement in the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Istanbul prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment for two of the suspects and up to five years in jail for the

Saudi King Salman denounces Iran in UN speech

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took aim at Iran during his debut at the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders. He said Iran has exploited a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers “to intensify its expansionist activities,

SAPM Bukhari urges Saudi Arabia to extend visas, increase flights

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari has urged Saudi Arabia to further extend the iqama expiration date and allow more PIA flights. Bukhari held an online meeting through video link

Saudi Arabia to gradually resume Umrah from Oct 4

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims residing inside the country to undertake the Umrah pilgrimage beginning on 4th October after a seven-month gap. Saudi Arabia suspended Umrah in March and later scaled back the Hajj to prevent the spread of

Umrah services to resume in phased manner: Saudi Minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will lift the suspension of Umrah services and visits to the holy sites in a phased manner after nine months of closure due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed Saleh Benten, Saudi Minister of Hajj and

Saudi Arabia to lift travel restrictions after Jan 1

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will completely lift restrictions on citizens leaving and returning to the Kingdom and allowing the opening of land, sea and airports after January 1, 2021. The Saudi government will soon announce a plan to gradually resume Umrah

After Saudi Arabia, Bahrain allows UAE-Israel flights over its airspace

MANAMA: Bahrain will allow all flights coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates to cross through its airspace. The statement apparently allows Israeli flights after neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar announcement without directly naming Israel. The announcement

Saudi military commander sacked over corruption charges

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has sacked a top military commander and his son after an anti-corruption probe. Joint forces commander Prince Fahad bin Turki — a senior royal family member — and Abdulaziz bin Fahad, the deputy emir of northern Al-Jouf

Man from Saudi Arabia takes ride on whale shark in Red Sea

YANBU: A video of a man from Saudi Arabia riding an endangered whale has left social media users bewildered. The video was captured near the port city of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia, reports the Gulf News. The shocking scenes were

No rift in relations between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on Thursday denied any rift in the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Addressing a weekly news briefing, the spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar

No Israel deal without Palestinian peace, says Saudi Arabia

BERLIN: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it would not follow the United Arab Emirates and establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state had sealed a peace accord with the Palestinians. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters

COAS Gen Bajwa arrives in Saudi Arabia to revive ties

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday amid a row between the two countries. General Bajwa arrived in Riyadh at 10 AM, the Pakistan embassy in Riyadh said. He is accompanied by

Saudi Aramco profit crashes 73% amid signs of recovery

RIYADH: State oil giant Saudi Aramco’s profit has plunged 73 percent in the second quarter of the year amid a slump in energy demand and prices due to the coronavirus crisis. All major oil companies have taken a hit in

Setback in Saudi relations

It seems that relations with Saudi Arabia have suffered a setback. Pakistan is frustrated at the failure of the Saudi-led OIC to hold a meeting on Kashmir and has hinted on taking a separate direction. The statement by Foreign Minister

Gen Bajwa expresses grief over demise of Saudi deputy defence minister

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has expressed grief over the sad demise of Assistant Defence Minister Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh. The army chief extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family

Shehbaz Sharif slams FM Qureshi’s statement on Saudi relations

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif criticised the recent statement by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi regarding relations with Saudi Arabia. In a tweet, the PML-N leader said the foreign minister’s