Families of Egyptian martyrs praise Saudi hospitality during Hajj

1,000 pilgrims from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Hajj and Umrah Program, accompanied by martyrs, and Egyptian security officers, left Madinah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Families of Egyptian martyrs praise Saudi hospitality during Hajj

  • The mission has extended thanks to King Salman for hosting them at his own expense to perform the ritual, stressing the depth of relations between the two countries

JEDDAH: The mission of the families of the martyrs and wounded from the Egyptian armed forces and police, who performed this year’s Hajj within the Guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah Program, has commended the warm hospitality of Saudi Arabia.

The mission has extended thanks to King Salman for hosting them at his own expense to perform the ritual, stressing the depth of relations between the two countries.

In a recent report from the General Directorate of Passports, the number of pilgrims who left Saudi Arabia reached more than 176,572 until Monday. The directorate said that the number of pilgrims leaving via land crossings reached 27,743; 145,950 pilgrims by air and 2,879 by sea. 

The total number of pilgrims who arrived in Madinah after performing Hajj rituals reached 148,431 pilgrims. 


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

Updated 20 February 2019
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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.”

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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.”

"As a neighbor who guarantees suppying us with energy needs, the Kingdom is considered India's most important partner," Modi said. "We have enhanced our relations through establishing a strategic partnership."

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

It was also announced that the Kingdom would join the International Solar Alliance, a group of countries focussed on improving solar technology.

Prince Mohammed then met a number of CEOs from India's leading businesses.

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.