The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed ways of further consolidating the robust brotherly relations between the two countries along with an array of regional and international issues of common concern.
This came as the Saudi King welcomed Sheikh Mohamed and his accompanying delegation today at Al-Auja Palace, Riyadh.
King Salman commended the progressively solid relations between the two sisterly nations and its people.
Sheikh Mohamed conveyed to King Salman the greetings of The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his wishes for further and continued prosperity and progress to the Kingdom.
King Salman reciprocated the greetings to Sheikh Khalifa, wishing him good health and continued progress to the UAE.
The two leaders addressed ways of widening collaboration and coordination across all fields to the higher good of both nations in particular and to the best interest of the entire region in general.
The latest developments in the region, including the ongoing challenges and crises, were reviewed as well by the two leaders.
Sheikh Mohamed reaffirmed the solid basis that the bilateral relations are based on and the balanced approach they adopt towards various regional and international issues.
“The UAE-Saudi ties are a model to be copied for how relations between world countries should be and they reflect the two nations’ profound awareness of the regional developments,” said Sheikh Mohamed.
Highlighting Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in countering risks besetting the Arab World, Sheikh Mohamed expressed his confidence that Saudi Arabia – thanks to its wise leadership and strong people – would continue to play that role for protecting the Arab interests and providing all drivers of progress and development for the Arabs.
“The UAE will remain steadfast in one trench with its Saudi brothers out of its unequivocal belief in our common goal and destiny,” he affirmed.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi added that the prudence of King Salman and his far-sighted vision and brave stances constitute the safety and stability valve in both the Kingdom and the region at large.
He expressed his appreciation for the leading role assumed by King Salman in reinforcing security and stability in the region and protecting the interests of Arab countries and peoples amid the ongoing challenges and threats.
Sheikh Mohamed arrived in Riyadh earlier on November 10, on a brotherly visit to Saudi Arabia and was welcomed upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh.
Three Month Extension Granted to Expatriates
In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, many things have changed. Things we hadn’t planned on happening are going on. The toll for people who have tested positive is increasing day by day.
For instance, Saudi Arabia has initiated a royal decree which means they will be spending 9 billion riyals on workers who have been affected by the virus. Since people are getting laid off of jobs and staying at home, this has been affecting their day to day lives since no work means no money.
Which is why this was a gracious act done by King Salman. Another thing that is being altered is that the resident identity cards expatriates, non Saudi Arabians, will be granted three months extension with no extra charge. What?
The General Directorate of Passports has announced that this is the best decision that should be taken in this current time. This decision will apply to private sector employees whose cards have already expired since the beginning of March 18th. They will have an extension until June 30th which leaves them more time to think things through.
As for the people who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, they will be notified with this newfound decision and extension via text message. This decision has been made in light of efforts done by the Saudi Arabian Government in order to address both the financial and economic disruption that is erupting on a global scale due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
9 Billion Riyals to be Allocated to Emloyees
Breaking News in Jeddah: A royal decree issue by King Salman is said to be allocated SR9 billion as a compensation to the citizens whose jobs have been affected as a repercussion of the pandemic. The amount is an equivalent to $2.4 million!
This royal decree is to exempt all the Saudi’s whose work has been affected, especially those who work in private sectors and facilities. Bare in mind that these people have a family to fend for as well as take care of. Without this decree, these families would be suffering and would maybe even end up in the streets!
This decree will be granting these employees 60% of their stable income on a monthly basis. This will happen through social insurance for the time span of three month with SR9,000 per month.
Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the Finance Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance, stated that this support mechanism is under the Sanad scheme for facilities that are already included in the royal decree.
Hopefully, this will be covering 100% of the Saudi Arabians that are already working in facilities that are employing five or less or the opposite, more than five. These employers will be exempted from paying salaries on a monthly basis for beneficiaries as per the degree during this compensation period.
The decree also states that the facility is banned from forcing the employees to work in this compensation period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the number of people who are proven to be qualified for these benefits have exceeded 1.2 million citizens.
On the other hand, the rest of the citizens are allowed to apply for these compensations in this month of April. Also, the payment will commence at the beginning of May.
Other facilities are forced to continue to pay the salaries of the employees, whether Saudi or not, that are not included in the compensation plan. Either way, Saudi Arabia is doing a great job at taking care of their citizens amidst this outbreak!
King Salman Orders Coronavirus Treatment to All and For Free
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered coronavirus treatment to be provided for all and free of charge to all citizens of governmental and private sectors and even to those who have overstayed their visas in the Kingdom.
The announcement was made by the Kingdom’s health minister, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, during a press conference in Riyadh that was held yesterday.
The minister assured that the King’s order includes all citizens and residents – even those in violation of residency laws.
Al-Rabiah further explained that this royal decision comes in light of the King’s keenness in putting the health of all citizens above all, and to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents of the Kingdom.
“The government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is keen on the safety of all, and anyone who has symptoms should not hesitate to go to any medical facility to get detection and treatment in case of infected with the virus,” he said.
Al-Rabiah also acknowledged the tremendous work and efforts of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, who has shown such great leadership role in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
“I would like to say that this harmony and distinguished work among all is led by a unique leader who works tirelessly and without boredom for the safety of the citizens, he is none other than Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.” He said.
In accordance with a royal order from His Majesty King Salman, #Saudi Minister of Health says all citizens and residents in the kingdom – including those in violation of residency laws- will receive Coronavirus related medical care free of charge. https://t.co/7htIcP3cwo
— Fahad Nazer فهد ناظر (@KSAEmbassySpox) March 30, 2020
This great act of kindness and magnanimous gesture has even caught the attention of the World Health Organization chief, who praised the King’s efforts in a tweet.
“This is what #HealthForAll means! Thank you so much @KingSalman for your leadership and commitment to ensure everyone has access to the health services needed to fight #COVID19. I hope other countries will follow your lead! Solidarity!” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, tweeted.
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