500 Palestinian pilgrims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

Muslim pilgrims arrive at the Jeddah airport on August 14, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. (AFP)
Updated 16 August 2018
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500 Palestinian pilgrims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

JEDDAH: Five hundred Palestinian pilgrims — relatives of those killed by Israeli forces — arrived in Makkah from the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
They were received with flowers, Zamzam water, dates and coffee.
Upon the completion of the reception ceremony, the keys of the rooms, data SIM cards with free calls, and a Hajj kit, were given to the pilgrims.
They thanked King Salman for his support of the Palestinian cause, for hosting them, and for giving them the opportunity to perform Hajj.


Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Updated 2 min 39 sec ago
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Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The crown prince assured Pompeo that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies"

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, before arriving at Riyadh’s royal palace to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo thanked Saudi King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi disappearance, while the crown prince assured him that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies."

The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman.

“I hope you are comfortable here,” the king told Pompeo, according to the reporters. Pompeo responded, “Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump.”

(With AFP)