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.


King Salman receives Saudi Grand Mufti, princes, and military leaders

Updated 21 August 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi Grand Mufti, princes, and military leaders

  • King Salman extends Eid Al-Adha greetings to Saudi citizens, pilgrims and senior officials
  • King Salman arrived in Mina on Monday to supervise services being provided to pilgrims

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday said it was an honor to serve fellow Muslims undertaking this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
The King made the comments as he and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the Kingdom’s princes, Grand Mufti, scholars, sheikhs, ministers, and military leaders participating in Hajj at the Royal Court in Mina Palace.
King Salman arrived in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah, on Monday, to supervise services being provided to almost 2.4 million pilgrims.
He greeted his visitors and all the Saudi citizens, as well as the pilgrims, on Eid Al-Adha.
“Dear brothers, Allah has honored our blessed country with the duty of serving pilgrims and providing them with the necessities to ensure they perform their rites safely and smoothly.
“Great lengths to serve them and ensure their comfort continues to be a source of pride for our country, since it was founded by the late King Abdul Aziz, and we will continue to perform this duty with the help and support of Allah.”
The King added: “My brothers and sons in the military, the pilgrims who have come to perform Hajj and Umrah, and the whole world, are seeing and experiencing your efforts in serving pilgrims, which is your duty and honor.
“These great sacrifices made by the Kingdom’s military sectors to defend the country and to protect its sanctities and capabilities are our pride.
“On this blessed day, we remember our martyrs and heroes, who sacrificed their lives for their religion and their country, and we ask Allah to bestow his mercy upon them and grant the wounded a fast recovery.
“We ask Allah to keep our country safe and secure, and to help us serve our religion and country.”
The gathering included senior guests from GCC countries and officials form the Saudi scouts officials who have come extend their greetings to the King on Eid Al-Adha,
Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, Assistant Minister of Interior for Operations Affairs and General Supervisor of Public Security, congratulated King Salman, the commander-in-chief of all the armed forces, on Eid Al-Adha on behalf of those who had provided security services during Hajj.
“The Hajj security forces have begun carrying out their tasks, which are focused on maintaining the security and safety of pilgrims, enabling them to perform the Hajj rituals, and providing them with the humanitarian assistance they need,” he said.
Earlier, King Salman said that serving Hajj pilgrims was: “The greatest honor that God has honored our country.”
“I call upon him to complement the pilgrims and to perpetuate good and peace for our nation and the rest of the country,” the Kingdom’s ruler posted in Arabic on his Twitter account.
Government data show that 2.371 million pilgrims are participating in this year’s Hajj, with 1.758 million of them coming from abroad.