King Salman arrives in Mina to oversee pilgrim services

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King Salman has arrived in Mina to supervise Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
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King Salman has arrived in Mina to supervise Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
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King Salman has arrived in Mina to supervise Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 21 August 2018
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King Salman arrives in Mina to oversee pilgrim services

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah on Monday, to supervise the services provided during the Hajj pilgrimage.

As Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman is there to oversee the comfort of the pilgrims and "ensure the services provided by the relevant government and private sector bodies meet the needs of the pilgrims and allow them to complete their Hajj rituals with ease, tranquility and safety," according to Saudi Press Agency.

Almost 2.4 million Muslims from all over the world are participating in Hajj, one of the largest annual global gatherings.

On Monday, pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat, the most important aspect of the Hajj rituals.

Muslims on Tuesday will observe the first day of Eid Al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj.

King Salman was accompanied by several senior officials, including Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif.


Princess Reema meets US treasury chief Steven Mnuchin

Updated 18 July 2019
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Princess Reema meets US treasury chief Steven Mnuchin

DUBAI: Newly appointed Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar met with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss opportunities to further strengthen the countries’ partnership.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in the US, in a tweet, said the two senior officials explored “ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as US support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms.”

 

 

Princess Reema, who assumed her new office on July 4, earlier met with US President Donald Trump to present her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

Princess Reema became the Kingdom’s first female ambassador after being nominated to the post on February 23 – to replace Prince Khaled bin Salman who was appointed deputy defense minister – and took her oath before King Salman in Riyadh in April.