DiplomaticQuarter: Japan envoy in Riyadh hosts iftar for Saudi alumni of Japanese universities

Japanese ambassador Tsukasa Uemura, center, with Saudi alumni of Japanese universities at the iftar reception. (AN photo)
Updated 14 June 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Japan envoy in Riyadh hosts iftar for Saudi alumni of Japanese universities

  • The Japanese envoy referred to the renewed relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia

The Japanese ambassador in Riyadh, Tsukasa Uemura, has joined Ramadan celebrations, hosting an iftar party for former Saudi students who studied in Japan.

“The ambassador of Japan hosted an iftar reception for the Saudi alumni of Japanese universities with their family members at his residence, making it a memorable occasion,” a Japanese embassy spokesman told Arab News.

The Japanese envoy referred to the renewed relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia, with joint cooperation projects in several fields, including those in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

The projects showed Japan’s commitment to the ambitious plan to diversify the Saudi economy, Uemura said.

Bilateral cooperation was also increasing in cultural and educational areas, he said.

Uemura praised the alumni’s “rich contribution,” saying the former students were “symbolically bridging the two countries and playing pivotal roles in further enhancing bilateral relations.”

Graduates shared memories of their student days in Japan and expressed their appreciation to the embassy for the iftar gathering.


Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

Updated 56 min 20 sec ago
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Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

  • Over 1.89 million Hajjis, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities
  • Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday

MAKKAH: The operation to transport pilgrims from the holy city of Makkah to Mina went successfully, the Hajj ministry said.

Abdulfattah Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, who was coordinating officials at the ministry with the preparation work for the coming days, hoped the rest of the Hajj operations would go smoothly. 

“Transporting pilgrims was done in a very smooth and simple manner,” Mashat told Arab News, “17,000 busses were used to transport pilgrims from Makkah,” he added.

The deputy minister talked of the logistics of getting the pilgrim’s to their tents and the facilities provided to them.

Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday for an emotional day on and around Jabal Rahma, on Arafat’s great plain.

The ministry has also urged the pilgrims to follow the scheduled provided to them to avoid the dangers caused by overcrowding. 

Over 1.89 million Hajjis, both foreign and domestic, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities.