Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to Reopen to Vaccinated Tourists after 17-Month Covid Closure

Saudi Arabia announced Friday it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists after a 17-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state news agency said. However, Riyadh did not announce any lifting of restrictions on the umrah, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time, which usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year.

French, US Envoys to Lebanon to Visit Saudi Arabia in bid to Stem Crisis

The French and US envoys to Lebanon are to visit Saudi Arabia, France's embassy said Wednesday, an unusual move amid international pressure to lift Lebanon out of a roiling political and economic crisis. The visit Thursday comes as Lebanese battle shortages and price hikes on basic goods in what the World Bank has called one of the world's worst economic crises since the 1850s.