King Salman: Allah granted KSA the honor of serving pilgrims

King Salman
Updated 20 September 2017
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King Salman: Allah granted KSA the honor of serving pilgrims

JEDDAH: King Salman on Tuesday thanked Almighty Allah for granting Saudi Arabia the honor of serving pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites.
Addressing a Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, he said since Saudi Arabia’s foundation, its kings have exerted maximum efforts to serve pilgrims and visitors, and will continue to do so as this is a source of pride for the country and its citizens.
The efforts of Hajj-related officials and agencies resulted in a successful, larger and epidemic-free pilgrimage this year, King Salman added.
The Cabinet congratulated the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoU) and cooperation projects between the Kingdom and China.
The Cabinet stressed the importance of King Salman’s speech at the Islamic Summit on Science and Technology in Kazakhstan, notably the need to overcome challenges facing Islamic nations by reviving knowledge based on developing education and encouraging scientific and technical research.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms, and of deadly terrorist attacks in friendly countries in recent days.
It condemned the brutal attacks and abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and urged the international community to take urgent action to stop the violence and uphold the rights of the Muslim minority.
The Cabinet said the Kingdom has supported the Rohingya at international forums, and has given $50 million for health and rehabilitation programs, as well as hosted them.
It lauded the arrest of a group of spies working for foreign parties to undermine Saudi security.
It also praised the foiling of a Daesh plot to target two Defense Ministry buildings in Riyadh. The suicide bombers were arrested before they reached the buildings.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with Russia a draft MoU on cooperation in mineral resources.
It approved two MoUs on cooperation between the Education Ministry and its counterparts in Malaysia and Afghanistan.
The Cabinet authorized the transport minister, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with Russia a draft cooperation agreement on sea transport.
It authorized the minister of culture and information, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with Ukraine a draft MoU on exchanging news between the two countries’ national news agencies.
The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah) and Portugal’s Council of Ministers in the area of archives and documents.


Japanese squadron commander gets warm welcome in Jeddah

Prince Mishaal bin Majed receives Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi and accompanied delegation. (SPA)
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Japanese squadron commander gets warm welcome in Jeddah

  • Izumi said the Gulf region is important to Japan and it is the third time the squadron has visited Jeddah
  • The sea lanes between the Middle East and Japan were vital to the Japanese economy

JEDDAH: Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed on Monday received the commander of Japanese squadron, Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they reviewed issues of mutual interest.
Two Japanese naval ships, including the destroyer Makinami, have docked at the Red Sea port of Jeddah on a training mission to strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia.
The commander of the Japanese squadron, Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, said the visit would provide training for crew members and help strengthen relations with the Kingdom.
Izumi said the Gulf region is important to Japan and it is the third time the squadron has visited Jeddah. The last visit was six years ago.
“We would like to share with the Saudi Arabian navy the idea of free and open seas, and contribute together to stabilization of maritime borders,” he said.
The commander said that the sea lanes between the Middle East and Japan were vital to the Japanese economy, with 90 percent of oil bound for Japan passing through the area.