King Salman, French premier review ties

Updated 15 October 2015
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King Salman, French premier review ties

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman reviewed French ties and ways of enhancing them in various fields during his talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments in the region.
Valls, who wrapped up a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, was leading a large delegation to the Second Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum which concluded on Tuesday.
The king welcomed the premier to the Kingdom. Valls expressed happiness at being in the Kingdom and meeting the king and conveyed the greetings of French President Francois Hollande to King Salman.
The talks were attended, among others, by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah and Minister of State Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban.
The king also hosted a luncheon in honor of Valls at his palace in Riyadh.
On the French side, it was attended by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and a number of ministers and officials.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.