Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif said it was an “honor” to welcome the crown prince.
The minister extended his gratitude to Prince Mohammed for “accepting to preside over this event, which indicates the readiness of the security forces to serve pilgrims, and our ability to protect their security and safety.”
He added: “Our men have proven in the field that they enjoy high professionality and firm determination to perform their religious, national and humanitarian duties, with full recognition of the greatness of the responsibility at this place and time.”
The minister continued: “God has honored Saudi Arabia with servicing pilgrims and ensuring their security and comfort. This country prides itself, since the time of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of this country, and his righteous sons after him, on dedicating all capabilities to the service of pilgrims through the establishment of great projects in Makkah, Madinah and the sacred sites. These efforts multiplied in the era of giving and development, the era of… King Salman.”
Prince Abdul Aziz said the authorities’ efforts to make this Hajj season a success, and to provide security and comfort for pilgrims, come under the guidance and support of King Salman, the crown prince, and the governors of Makkah and Madinah.
“May God reward the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his crown prince for their great deeds in the service of Islam and Muslims, and may He help us serve pilgrims so they can perform their rites and return to their home countries safe and sound,” Prince Abdul Aziz added. “May God keep our country safe and prosperous under our good leaders.”