Saudi Arabia

COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for Hajj this year: Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has ruled that only people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to attend the Hajj this year. “The Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the haj and will

Khashoggi report: Pakistan expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia after the United States released a declassified report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Foreign Office released a statement stating that Pakistan recognizes Saudi efforts and measures to ensure the

US imposes sanctions, visa bans on Saudis for Khashoggi’s killing

WASHINGTON: Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of imposing sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. US President Joe Biden’s actions in the

Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi’s killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it rejected completely “the negative, false and unacceptable” assessment of a US intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an

Saudi Arabia allows women to join armed forces

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has allowed women to join the country‘s armed forces, the latest profession in the kingdom to open up to female recruits. The Saudi Ministry of Defence has issued a ruling allowing both genders to sign up through

US to revoke terrorist designation of Yemen’s Houthis

WASHINGTON: The United States said it intends to revoke the terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthi movement in response to the country’s humanitarian crisis. The decision confirmed by a State Department official reverses one of the most criticised last-minute decisions of

Saudi Arabia bans entry from 20 countries including Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has suspended entry to the kingdom from 20 countries including Pakistan as part of measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia will temporarily suspend entry to the Kingdom for those coming from or transiting from

Biden administration reviews arms deals with UAE, Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden’s administration signalled a fresh look at US policy in the Middle East, announcing reviews of massive arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as well as envisioning a slow return to diplomacy with

Coronavirus active cases in Saudi Arabia fall below 2,000 mark

RIYADH: The number of active coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia has fallen below 2,000 marks for the first time in many months. The number of coronavirus patients in the country has been remaining very small as the daily cases of

Pompeo labels Yemen’s Houthis as ‘terrorist’ group

WASHINGTON: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has moved to brand Yemen’s Houthi rebels as terrorists, a last-minute move in defiance of aid groups who fear it will worsen the humanitarian crisis. Unless Congress blocks the decision, the Houthis

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on international flights in March

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has decided to lift the temporary travel ban by the end of March on international flights. Saudi Arabia’s ministry of interior decided to lift the temporary travel ban it earlier imposed due to coronavirus. According to the KSA

Saudi Arabia to further strengthen trade ties with Pakistan: Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy has said that Saudi Arabia wants to further deepen and strengthen its trade ties with Pakistan as both countries have great scope to promote trade in many areas. While addressing the business

Saudi king receives COVID-19 vaccine jab

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a COVID-19 vaccine jab, more than three weeks after the kingdom kicked off a three-phase inoculation programme. King Salman, 85, “received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine,” in the futuristic Red Sea city

FM Qureshi appreciates easing of Qatar crisis at GCC Summit

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held telephonic conversations with his Saudi, Qatari and Bahraini counterparts and welcomed the easing of the Gulf crisis over Qatar. Qureshi received a telephone call from Foreign Minister of Bahrain Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid

Qatar crisis resolved

Diplomatic relations have been restored between Qatar and four other Arab nations that had been boycotting it for over three years. The resolution of the long-running crisis amicably could bring winds of change in the Middle East and reaffirm Arab

Saudi Arabia to open airspace, borders with Qatar

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar, US and Kuwaiti officials said, a major step towards ending a diplomatic rift that has seen Riyadh lead an alliance isolating Doha. The announcement came on the eve of

US State Dept approves sale of 3,000 smart bombs to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: The United States State Department has approved the potential sale of 3,000 precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia in a deal valued up to $290 billion, the Pentagon said. The sale comes in the final days of US President Donald

Saudi Arabia suspends international flights for a week

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended the operation of all international flight operations due to the coronavirus. According to the foreign news agency, the Saudi Interior Ministry has issued a statement that the flights have been temporarily suspended for a

Designer of Holy Kaaba’s doors passes away

MAKKAH: The designer of the doors of the Holy Kaaba during the reign of Saudi King Khalid in 1970s has passed away. Engineer Munir Sarri Al-Jundi passed away in southern Germany on Satursay. Al-Jundi was chosen to design the doors

980,000 Pakistanis sent abroad for employment in last two years: SAPM Bukhari

KARACHI: Around 980,000 Pakistanis have been sent abroad for employment in the last two years by the incumbent government. The was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari.

Two women held for smuggling contraband medicines to Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) have arrested two women at Islamabad International Airport for allegedly smuggling contraband medicines to a foreign country. ANF officials conducted a raid on a tip-off at Islamabad airport and foiled the bid to smuggle a

FM Qureshi discusses bilateral issues with Saudi counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud on the sidelines of the 47th session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, Niger. Both countries have agreed to further promote bilateral cooperation in

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