Saudi Crown Prince telephones US Defense Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 July 2017
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Saudi Crown Prince telephones US Defense Secretary

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, made a telephone call today to US Defense Secretary James Mattis congratulating him on the victory over Daesh terrorist organization in Mosul, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Crown Prince praised the role of the United States of America in leading the international coalition to fight this organization and eliminate it, stressing that the war on terrorism and all those who support and finance it must continue to be firm.
The two sides also discussed ways of developing coordination mechanisms between the two countries to combat terrorism and combat extremism and military and defense cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States of America.


Hajj pilgrims get clean bill of health

Muslim worshippers watch as others circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on August 17, 2018 prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. (AFP)
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Hajj pilgrims get clean bill of health

  • 50% of pilgrims are headed directly to Madinah and 50% are headed to Makkah and will visit Madinah after Hajj season

JEDDAH: Pilgrims at this year’s Hajj have been given a clean bill of health by Saudi authorities who confirmed on Saturday that no cases of epidemic or quarantine disease have been reported.
The Ministry of Health said that 1,647,351 pilgrims were provided with preventive services through health outlets from the first of the month of Dul Qadah until Saturday.
The general rate of commitment among the pilgrims to take preventive vaccines stood at about 80 percent for meningitis, 96.3 percent for yellow fever and 87.5 percent for polio, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the ministry also provided emergency services in Makkah and Madinah hospitals to 280,773 pilgrims, bringing to 17,820 the number of visits to clinics, while medical centers treated 246,156 outpatients.
The number of cases hospitalized was 1,651, with nine births recorded.