Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud appoints Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as PM
The king meanwhile issued a decree on Tuesday ordering a cabinet reshuffle, appointing Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman as the Defence Minister, Xinhua news agency reported.
10 released in Saudi-mediated Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap
The move came as part of a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine and in line with the humanitarian commitment of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, the ministry was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying, Xinhua news agency reported. The 10 prisoners are Moroccan, Swedish, Croatian, British and US nationals, whom the kingdom received from Russia, said the ministry.
Biden, Saudi Crown Prince repair rupture with a fist-bump
Biden's first meeting with MSB, as the crown prince is popularly known, has become the most anticipated moment of his first visit to West Asia (Middle East), which took him first to Israel and Palestine and then Saudi Arabia, an ally that has been put on ice by the Biden administration over MSB's role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident who lived and worked in the US.
Saudi crown prince pays 1st visit to Turkey since death of journalist Khashoggi
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeted the crown prince on Wednesday with a grand welcoming ceremony, which was followed by a private meeting between the two leaders, Xinhua news agency reported. Turkey is the third stop of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's regional tour, which also brought him to Egypt and Jordan.
Saudi Arabia lifts Covid curbs, permits travel to India
The move comes a week after the Kingdom dropped some precautionary Covid-19 measures, including wearing face masks indoors and providing proof of vaccination in order to enter most public places. Despite the relaxation of Covid-19 measures, the Ministry of Interior said last week that people will still be required to wear masks in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, places regulated by the Saudi Public Health Authority Weqaya, and places and events that impose their own mask mandates.
In a first, women-only crew operates flight in Saudi Arabia
Officials said that Saudi Arabia's first such flight was operated last week, completing a short domestic journey and crossing a milestone for women's empowerment. The flight was operated by flyadeal Airlines, a budget subsidiary of Saudia, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia. "For the first time in Saudi aviation history, #flyadeal operated the first flight with an all-female crew, most of whom were Saudis, by the latest A320 aircraft. Flight 117 took off from Riyadh and flew to Jeddah," the airline tweeted.
Saudi Arabia bans citizens from travelling to 16 nations, including India
The General Directorate of Passports said that the list of countries comprised Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela, The Express Tribune reported. The Directorate emphasised that the validity of the passport of Saudis who intend to travel to non-Arab countries must be more than six months.
Iran welcomes normalisation of ties with Saudi Arabia: Iranian FM
"If we aim to reach a new stage in the talks with Saudi Arabia, all dimensions and aspects must be taken into consideration," Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday during a televised interview following his visits to Syria and Lebanon. Regarding the situation in Yemen, Amir-Abdollahian added that Saudi Arabia has received a number of requests from Iran to cease the war in Yemen, Xinhua news agency reported.