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Saudi Arabia unveils its space mission

Riyadh: The Saudi Space Commission revealed the tasks and scientific research that would be conducted during the journey of Saudi astronauts as part of a mission to the International Space Station later this year. It announced that the two astronauts would carry out 11 pioneering experiments in microgravity during the flight, the results of which would help to enhance the Kingdom’s global position within space exploration and service to humanity. Officials noted that the Saudi tests in space would range from human research and cell science to artificial rain in microgravity.

Saudi Arabia calls for moon sighting on Tuesday

The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia called on people to look for the crescent moon on Tuesday, the sighting of which would start the holy month of Ramadan. State news agency SPA reported that the country’s Supreme Court has requested anyone who sights the crescent moon to report it to the nearest court and register their testimony. Alternatively, they can contact the nearest relevant authorities to guide them.

Iran’s President ‘welcomes’ invitation by Saudi king: Official

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi “welcomed” an invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit the kingdom following the reconciliation deal between the two countries, an Iranian official said on Sunday. “In a letter to President Raisi … the king of Saudi Arabia welcomed the deal between the two brotherly countries [and] invited him to Riyadh,” tweeted Mohammad Jamshidi, the Iranian president’s deputy chief of staff for political affairs. He added: “Raisi welcomed the invitation”.

“Deal with Iran does not mean consensus on all issues”: Saudi Arabia

The kingdom's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the Saudi-Iranian agreement didn't mean that consensus would be met on all issues. "Our arrival at this agreement, which will lead to the resumption of political relations, does not mean that we have resolved all outstanding differences between our two countries," he stated. "It is evidence of our common desire to solve them through talks and dialogue with peaceful means and diplomatic tools," he added.

Iran, Saudi Arabia agree to resume relations after tensions

Dubai: Iran and Saudi Arabia on Friday agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies after years of tensions between the two countries. The deal, struck in Beijing this week, represents a major diplomatic victory for the Chinese as Gulf states perceive the United States was slowly withdrawing from the wider Middle East. The two countries released a joint communique with China on the deal.

Saudi Arabia to send first woman into space

On Tuesday, it emerged that Saudi Arabia would send its first-ever woman astronaut on a space mission later this year. Rayyana Barnawi would join fellow Saudi male astronaut Ali Al-Qarni on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) "during the second quarter of 2023", the official Saudi Press Agency said. The astronauts "will join the crew of the AX-2 space mission" and the space flight will "launch from the USA", the agency added.

Pakistan, KSA to ink $1bn oil sector agreement

Islamabad: As per the Saudi news channel, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to ink an agreement of over $1 billion in the oil sector, through the Saudi Development Fund. “The coming days will witness the signing of an agreement between the Kingdom and Pakistan through the Saudi Development Fund (SDF), with an increase of one billion dollars for oil derivatives,” Nawaf Al-Maliki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan was quoted as saying.

Saudi Arabia gathers China’s Xi with Arab leaders

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping touted close security and energy ties with Gulf nations during summit meetings in Saudi Arabia that have highlighted tensions with Washington. On the third and final day of his visit, Xi attended summits of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and a broader China-Arab leaders’ meeting. “China will continue to firmly support the GCC countries in maintaining their own security… and build a collective security framework for the Gulf,” Xi said at the start of the China-GCC summit.

Saudi Arabia extends term of loan

On Friday, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced that Saudi Arabia extended the term for the $3 billion deposited with the central bank. “Implementing the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud — may Allah protect him; the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) extended the term for the deposit provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the amount of 3 billion dollars to the State Bank of Pakistan,” said the central bank in a statement.

FIFA World Cup: Poland stuns Saudi Arabia with 2-0 win

Al Rayyan: On November 26, Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever World Cup goal as Poland brought Saudi Arabia back down to earth with a 2-0 Group C victory. The win moved Poland to four points, one more than the Saudis, and left them needing a draw in their final game against Argentina next Wednesday to guarantee their spot in the knockouts.

Iran calls for change in ‘unfriendly’ Saudi behavior

On Monday, Iran said that it would use diplomacy to change Saudi Arabia’s “unfriendly” behavior. It also accused its regional rival of encouraging the weeks-long protest movement sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini. “Our country does not seek conflict in the region and adheres to the path of negotiations with Saudi Arabia,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told reporters. He said that Iran would not “incite instability in the region”, adding that Tehran considered its neighbors’ security “as its own”.

Saudi Arabia approves dual listing of Pizza Hut, KFC

Dubai: On Oct 31, Saudi Arabia's market regulator announced that it had approved a concurrent and dual listing of KFC and Pizza Hut, in the kingdom and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Americana has approval to sell 30% of its shares, which will be the first to trade in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The Capital Market Authority said that the approval was for a dual registration in the two countries and an offering of 2.53 billion shares.

Pakistan expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Islamabad: In the wake of statements made against the Kingdom in the context of the OPEC+ decision, Pakistan expressed solidarity with the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. "We appreciate the concerns of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for avoiding market volatility and ensuring global economic stability," the Foreign Office said in a statement. It added that Pakistan encourages a constructive approach to such issues based on engagement and mutual respect.

Saudi Arabia to help cash-strapped Pakistan: Reports

According to the reports, Saudi Arabia is planning to renew the kingdom's $3 billion deposit with Pakistan, as the cash-strapped country desperately strives for financial assistance. The report in Bloomberg noted that apart from renewing the deposits with the State Bank of Pakistan as soon as this week (SBP), Saudi Arabia was also considering providing further financial help. "The kingdom also plans to provide $100 million a month for 10 months in petroleum products that will be granted as additional support," the publication quoted the sources.

Biden visits Saudi Arabia to mend ties

Jeddah: On July 15, President Joe Biden arrived in Saudi Arabia to discuss energy supply, human rights, and security cooperation. This trip is designed to reset the U.S. relationship with the kingdom. Energy and security interests prompted the president and his aides to decide not to isolate the kingdom.

Yemen warring parties agree to extend truce

Riyadh: On June 2, According to the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Yemen's warring parties agreed to extend a U.N.-brokered truce for two months under the same terms as the original deal that was due to expire on Thursday. Delegations from the Saudi-backed government and the movement are expected to return to Amman to continue talks, a Yemeni official said. "For the past two months, Yemenis have experienced the tangible benefits of the truce," United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said in a statement. Grundberg said it had provided "a rare gl

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to discuss ‘augmenting’ kingdom’s $3bn deposit

According to a joint statement released on Sunday, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would discuss the possibility of "augmenting" the kingdom's $3 billion deposit in Pakistan's central bank by extending its term “or through other options.” Last year, Saudi Arabia deposited $3 billion in the State Bank of Pakistan to help support its foreign reserves. Pakistan also welcomed a Saudi decision to extend an agreement to finance exports of crude oil products and oil derivatives.

Moving Khashoggi’s case to Saudi Arabia is not Political

Istanbul: A Turkish bureaucrat said on Friday that Turkey's decision to transfer the case over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia was not political. The move, requested by a state prosecutor and approved by Turkey's justice ministry, came as Ankara seeks to improve ties with Riyadh. "It was an ongoing trial and legal proceeding. It's not us, not politicians, not the government that referred this case to Saudi Arabia. The courts have done it," the high-level Turkish bureaucrat told journalists.

Sheikh Rashid meets Saudi counterpart

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif met Pakistani counterpart, Sheikh Rashid, after arriving in Islamabad on Monday for a day-long visit. Radio Pakistan reported that the two ministers discussed issues of mutual interest, including the regional security situation. "The two ministers emphasized on strengthening ties between the Ministries of Interior of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. They said better liaison between ministries is needed to address various issues, including security challenges," the report explained.

Saudi shares on a rise amidst Covid-19 surge

On Jan 2, It was reported that Saudi Arabian shares began 2022 on a positive note, despite the surge in the cases of Omicron coronavirus variant. On Monday, 1,024 new coronavirus infections were registered and one death was reported in the largest Gulf state, with a 30 million population. Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) increased by 0.5%, with Al-Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) and Alinma Bank (1150.SE) gaining 1% and 3.5% respectively.

Saudi FM declares 1b riyals in aid to Afghans

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, announced one billion riyals in aid to Afghanistan on Sunday. The Saudi minister praised Pakistan for calling the meeting and making the finest arrangements in the shortest time possible, speaking at the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad. Faisal emphasised the importance of approaching the Afghan situation from a humanitarian standpoint, emphasising that the people of the war-torn country, particularly women and children, were suffering.  

Saudi Arabia establishes relations with Israel

Saudi Arabia has stated that it is willing to normalise relations with Israel based on the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002. Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the kingdom's permanent representative to the United Nations, said in an interview with the Riyadh-based Arab News daily that Riyadh is committed to the Arab Initiative for Peace, which calls for an end to Israel's occupation of all Arab territories occupied in 1967 and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital in exchange for normalising relations with Israel.  

Saudi Arabia introduces changes in Umrah Policy

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has stated that nationals and foreigners aged 12 and up can now seek Umrah permits, according to new regulations. A statement issued by the official Twitter account for the publication of news related to the Two Holy Mosques said: "The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has officially announced: those aged 12 and above from inside and outside of the Kingdom" to obtain permits for Umrah, Prayers in the Grand Mosque and Rawdah and Ziyarah provided the individual is vaccinated according to the requirements."  

Saudi Arabia allows passengers inoculated with Russian vaccine

Saudi Arabia has granted permission for those vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik vaccine to enter the country, allowing Muslims to participate in religious pilgrimages, according to the vaccine's developers. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted approval for entry of individuals vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine starting from January 1, 2022," the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which financed the development of Sputnik V, said in a statement.  

Saudi Arabia sets age restriction for international Umrah pilgrims

Visitors aged 18 to 50 will be granted visas to undertake the Umrah, according to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. The pilgrims must also be properly vaccinated against the coronavirus using vaccinations approved in Saudi Arabia, according to the ministry. To get an electronic entry visa through the Saudi Foreign Ministry's online platform, they will need to provide a vaccination certificate. According to the Saudi Gazette, the Saudi Ministry of Health added SinoVac and Sinopharm to the list of approved COVID-19 vaccines in August of this year.  

Saudi Arabia lets overseas pilgrims apply for Umrah permit

It was reported on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had launched a new service that would allow foreign pilgrims to apply for Umrah permits and access to the Grand Mosque in Makkah as well as the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina through mobile applications. The Kingdom eased coronavirus precautionary measures and allowed pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque at full capacity last month.

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister expresses shock at allegations of working secretly

At UN climate talks, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al Saud expressed shock at reiterated complaints that the world’s largest oil producer was working secretly to sabotage negotiations. 'What you have been hearing are a false allegation and a cheat and a lie,' he said this week at the talks in Glasgow, Scotland.

Saudi women barrel into workforce to transform the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia: On Nov 4, In an initiative to revolutionize the Kingdom, women have started taking part in some fields of life. My parents had never wanted her to work but they eventually relented as life in the capital became too expensive, said a 24-year-old Reham Al-Ahmed stated. With steep new taxes and cuts to government allowances, many households are increasingly counting on women to work.