Saudi Arabia committed to tackling climate change, says Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman at a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019. (Reuters/Handout)
Updated 01 July 2019

Saudi Arabia committed to tackling climate change, says Crown Prince

  • Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom is working to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-saving system
  • Added availability of and accessibility to energy is a priority for the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is committed to “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the negative effects of climate change,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the G20 summit that ended on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom is working to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-saving system through energy efficiency programs.
He also said that the Kingdom has recently launched several projects aimed at increasing the production of renewable energy, and that integrating and exploiting all energy sources is a necessity.
The crown prince continued by saying that due to Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in the world economy, the availability of and accessibility to energy is a priority for the Kingdom.
He added that due to more than a billion people not having a permanent source of energy around the world, the Kingdom stresses the need for cooperation on this issue and the support of less developed countries. He cited the 2008 Energy for the Poor Initiative as an example of this.
Prince Mohammed added that the Kingdom emphasizes the importance of the security and safety of energy supplies to ensure that the basic needs of the global economy are met.


GCC citizens temporarily suspended from entering Saudi Arabia’s Makkah, Madinah

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GCC citizens temporarily suspended from entering Saudi Arabia’s Makkah, Madinah

  • The decision was made in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases in some GCC countries
  • Suspension for individuals seeking to perform Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque

RIYADH: Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been temporarily banned from entering Saudi Arabia’s holy cities Makkah and Madinah, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The decision was made in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases in some GCC countries like Kuwait and Bahrain, which have 45 and 36 reported cases respectively.
GCC citizens who have been in Saudi Arabia for 14 continuous days and have not displayed symptoms of coronavirus are exempt from the ban, and can obtain a permit from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s website should they wish to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah.
On Thursday, the Kingdom temporarily suspended entry for individuals seeking to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, as well as tourists traveling from countries where coronavirus poses a risk as determined by the Kingdom’s health authorities.
These countries include China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Kazakhstan.