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
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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.

 


Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

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Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said the signing of the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is part of the kingdom’s foreign policy in establishing peace and stability.

“The Kingdom has always been the cornerstone of peace in the region and the world, and has spared no effort in many countries, foremost among them Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan and many others,” the ambassador said.

“As some countries begin to cultivate sectarian divisions, the kingdom seeks to resolve their disputes,” he added.

He expressed his thanks to the UAE in their efforts in the signing of the peace deal between the two countries.

The ambassador pointed out that the security of the Red Sea, especially the Bab Al Mandab Strait and the Horn of Africa, is one of the Kingdom’s security concerns, regionally and globally.

The ambassador stressed the Kingdom’s continued efforts to preserve security in this region from external threats, including Iranian-backed militias as well as piracy.