Saudi Cabinet commends information agreement with France

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 10 July 2018
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Saudi Cabinet commends information agreement with France

  • At the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman gave a briefing on the phone call he received from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday commended an agreement to protect classified information between the Kingdom and France, signed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.

At the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman gave a briefing on the phone call he received from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

The king also briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his meetings with Parly and British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his visits to Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and the Maldives, during which international developments and ways to enhance bilateral ties were discussed.

The Cabinet reviewed reports on the latest Arab, regional and international developments. It welcomed the convening of an international conference of Muslim scholars on peace and stability in Afghanistan, hosted by the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia , as the top donor country to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen in 2018, demonstrates its desire to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, the Cabinet said. It condemned recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia and Somalia, offering condolences to the families of the victims, and to the governments and peoples of both countries. 

The Cabinet wished the wounded a speedy recovery, and reiterated the Kingdom’s solidarity with both countries against terrorism and extremism in all their forms.

It also expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the recent train crash in Turkey, and to the country’s government and people. 

The Cabinet expressed similar sentiments regarding floods and landslides that have swept many parts of Japan, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.