King Salman to cover costs of sacrificial animals for Hajj and Umrah program pilgrims

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A vendor takes care of sheep at a livestock market in Jordan's capital of Amman on August 20, 2018, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj. (AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
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King Salman will pay for the sacrificial animals for those on the program. (SPA)
Updated 21 August 2018

King Salman to cover costs of sacrificial animals for Hajj and Umrah program pilgrims

  • King Salman's program will benefit more than 5,000 pilgrims
  • The program enables pilgrims to complete the Hajj rituals

JEDDAH: King Salman has announced that he will pay for the sacrificial animals for thousands of people benefiting from the Hajj and Umrah program, said Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance.

The program has received this year 5,400 pilgrims from 95 countries. “This grant is for all the program’s guests, including the families of Palestinian martyrs, martyrs of the Egyptian Army and police, the Sudanese Army’s martyrs and wounded soldiers, and martyrs and wounded soldiers of the Yemeni National Army,” said Al-Asheikh.

The grant reflects the king’s appreciation of his guests who have come to perform Hajj this year, and is an extension of his generous support for all Muslims and his efforts to unite them, the minister added.

“King Salman oversees all matters of his program’s guests, and instructs us all to provide every service that makes Hajj easier for them,” Al-Asheikh said.


Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

Updated 1 min 43 sec ago

Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”

The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.