Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Eritrean President

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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at his palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Eritrean President

JEDDAH: King Salman on Monday received the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Jeddah.
King Salman and the Eritrean leader discussed issues of mutual interest and ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields. The two leaders also reviewed recent regional developments.
The meeting was followed by a banquet held in the honor of the visiting dignitary. The reception and banquet were attended by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Mohammed, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdul Aziz, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz and other senior princes.
Later, Afwerki also met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. They discussed bilateral ties and regional and global developments.
Earlier this month, Eritrean President visited the UAE where he held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shiekh Mohammed bin Zayed.


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.