RIYADH: Saudi Arabia strongly condemned and denounced an Israeli raid on a Jenin refugee camp that led to at least nine Palestinians being killed.
The bloodiest day in the West Bank in years erupted during a raid on the crowded refugee camp in the northern city of Jenin, where gunshots rang through the streets and smoke billowed from burning street barricades.
The Palestinian health ministry said the death toll from the clashes rose to nine, including a woman, and that 20 people were wounded before the Israeli forces withdrew mid-morning.
The Israeli military also fatally shot a 22-year-old Palestinian later in a separate incident.
The Kingdom’s foreign ministry said it rejected the serious violations of international law carried out by Israeli forces, stressing its call on the international community to assume its responsibilities to end the occupation, stop escalation and Israeli aggressions, and provide necessary protection for civilians.
The ministry also expressed the Kingdom’s sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Palestine, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
Kuwait and Oman also condemned the attack, their state news agencies said on Thursday.
RIYADH: Riyadh’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo received new international support on Wednesday, as the Bulgarian cabinet decided to support the Kingdom’s candidacy, praising the historical relations between the two sides and the common ties that unite them.
Bulgaria takes into account the existing relations with Saudi Arabia and perceives the latter as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Bulgaria’s support and future participation in the 2030 World Expo are expected to promote further cultural and economic ties and boost bilateral relations in all areas of mutual interest.
The dynamic development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the wide application of new technologies, together with the preservation of traditions and the country’s commitment to combating climate change are among the advantages of Saudi candidacy. Support for Riyadh for hosting Expo 2030 is expected to make a significant contribution to trade and economic relations, increasing bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.
The Saudi capital, Riyadh, is competing with three other Cities. The Bureau International des Expositions – based in the French capital Paris nominated cities in four countries to host the important event, which includes, in addition to Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), South Korea (Busan), Italy (Rome), and Ukraine (Odessa).
Held since 1851, World Expos are the world’s largest platform to showcase the latest achievements and technologies and celebrate the cultural values that unite humanity.
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, affirmed on Thursday that economic relations with Iraq were developing significantly.
Al-Saud made the statement during a press conference held in Iraq with the country’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.
Hussein said ‘security cooperation continues with Saudi Arabia’ and added they were ‘working to reduce tensions in the region.’
Al-Saud also highlighted the depth of relations with Iraq, which he stated had ‘witnessed great momentum recently.’
“We support the Iraqi government’s effort to enhance stability,” he said.
Al-Saud added that stability was crucial in order for opportunities for prosperity to rise.
DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 350 food packages to those affected by the floods in Pakistan’s Sindh province.
The relief center’s delivery benefited 2,450 individuals on Tuesday, state agency SPA reported.
It also distributed 42 tons and 372 kilograms of food items in Yemen’s Marib, benefiting 132 families and 924 individuals in the area.
Similarly, a shipment delivered by KSRelief containing 500 food packages benefited 500 families in Niger, while 400 food packages were sent to Afghanistan, benefiting 2,400 individuals in-need.
Meanwhile, Syrian refugee children in eight Jordanian governorates received school bags from KSRelief in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity.
The aim was to provide 29,881 male and female students with basic educational supplies.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received on Thursday Catherine Colonna, French minister for Europe and foreign affairs, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The meeting discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations in all fields, in addition to the latest regional and international developments.
Saudi and French senior officials attended the meeting.
Colonna arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday on an official visit to the Kingdom.
Upon her arrival at King Khalid International Airport, she was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.
Colonna’s visit is expected to focus on ways to enhance the distinguished cooperation between the Kingdom and France, the ministry added.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hissein Brahim Taha, the ministry said on Wednesday.
During the call, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between the Kingdom and the OIC in various fields, in addition to discussing the most prominent regional and international developments.
Prince Faisal also received separate calls from his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides and his Kyrgyz counterpart Zheenbek Kulubaev, the ministry said.
During the calls, they reviewed bilateral relations, and ways to enhance and develop them in various fields of cooperation and joint coordination, and discussed aspects of enhancing joint action toward various regional and international issues.