CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Restrict Entry For Gulf Citizens, Residents – SPA

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday barred citizens and residents of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries from entering the kingdom for 14 days after returning from outside the region due to coronavirus concerns, state news agency.

Travelers coming from any fellow GCC states – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar – must spend 14 continuous days there and show no signs of the coronavirus before being granted entry, SPA said, citing an interior ministry source.

Saudi Arabia reported its first case of coronavirus on Monday in a Saudi national returning from Iran, which has reported the most deaths outside China, where the flu-like disease originated.

The other GCC states have also diagnosed the infection in people who had visited Iran, totaling more than 145 cases.

The Saudi health ministry said it was testing 70 people who had come into contact with the infected Saudi citizen, who remains in quarantine in hospital . the authorities have said he has not disclosed his visit to Iran upon returning home.

Iran host several important shrines and pilgrimage site for Shi’ite Muslims, who make up a minority of Saudi Arabia’s population.

The Saudi foreign ministry tweeted a video on Tuesday reminding citizens of an existing ban on travel to Iran, which is locked in a struggled with Saudi Arabia for regional supremacy.

Saudi Arabia took several measures last week to prevent the spread of the disease to the kingdom, banning foreigners arriving for the Muslim umrah pilgrimage, Gulf Arab citizens visiting Mecca and Medina, and tourists from at least 25 states where the virus has been found.

SPA also said the Saudi citizens or residents entering from a GCC country must inform authorities upon arrival in the Kingdom of any travel outside the GCC in the preceding 14 days.

The Kingdom will cooperate with any GCC country that wishes to apply the same procedures to travelers from the Kingdom, it added.

Saudi Arabia’s Center for Disease Control late on Monday urged citizens to postpone non-essential travel to Germany and France, where more cases have been reported.


NEWS ALERT | Insulting Muslims is an abuse of free speech, Iran’s Zarif Says

MILAN | ITALY – Insulting Muslims is an ‘opportunistic’ abuse of free speech, Iran’s foreign minister said on Monday, in an apparent reference to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron perceived to be critical of Islam. ‘Muslims are the primary victims of the ‘cult of hatred’, the minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted, without directly addressing … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Insulting Muslims is an abuse of free speech, Iran’s Zarif Says

BREAKING NEWS | Pakistan’s PM Takes Aim At Macron; Asks Facebook To Ban Islamophobic Content

MILAN | ITALY – – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook to ban Islamophobic content on its platform, warning of a spike in radicalization Muslims, hours after he hit out at the French president for ‘attacking Islam’. Pakistan summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad as anger spread on Monday over President Emmanuel Macron’s … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Pakistan’s PM Takes Aim At Macron; Asks Facebook To Ban Islamophobic Content

G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Monday that the novel coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the flexibility and strength of the Saudi economy. In an address before the Business 20, he said: ‘We are determined to boost development and prosperity through empowerment and investment in new sectors’. Minister of Investment Khalid … Continue reading G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s