Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims lauded

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in this August 31, 2017 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 12 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims lauded

  • Saudi Arabia will host 1,000 female and male pilgrims who are relatives of Palestinian martyrs this Hajj season

JEDDAH: The head of Palestinian Medical Mission, Dr. Awadh Al-Hillul, praised the efforts being made by Saudi Arabia to facilitate pilgrims.
Al-Hillul said in a statement on Sunday that the medical mission received a shipment of medicines from the Kingdom through the Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Kingdom to serve Palestinian pilgrims throughout the Hajj season.
The head of the Palestinian Medical Mission reassured that Palestinian pilgrims are well and receive the necessary care around the clock by the medical mission.
The Kingdom will also host 1,000 female and male pilgrims who are relatives of Palestinian martyrs this Hajj season.
King Salman has also ordered the hosting of 1,000 male and female pilgrims from the families of martyred Egyptian armed forces.
Egypt’s Endowments Minister Mohammed Mukhtar Jumma praised King Salman’s decision.
Talking to the Saudi Press Agency, Jumma said the royal gesture reaffirms the depth and strength of ties between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The initiative is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Hajj Guests Program, annually supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.
In a statement, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, said that this year’s guests are coming from the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe, noting that as many as 43,547 female and male pilgrims have benefited from this program since its inception 22 years ago. 


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.