Cairo: Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has voiced hope that peace will prevail in the world and that the globe will overcome health, social and economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an address marking Eid Al Fitr, the Saudi monarch also called for observing health measures aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
“We pray to Almighty Allah that people of the whole world will overcome the tribulations they have experienced, that peace will prevail in all parts of the globe and that this Eid will be an occasion to get over pains and to emerge from the health, social and economic repercussions that have hit the world due to the coronavirus pandemic,” he added in the statement read out on his behalf by Acting Information Minister Majid Al Qasabi.
“Confronting the pandemic that has befallen the world requires all of us to abide by health measures, observe social distancing and the necessity of taking the vaccines so that our dear society of citizens and foreign residents will, with Allah’s power, be immunised,” the king added.
Saudi Arabia initiated mass vaccinations against COVID-19 on December 17. Over 11 million doses have since been administered across the kingdom, according to the Saudi Health Ministry.