British Muslims laud Saudi Arabia’s efforts during Hajj

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British Consul General Barrie Peach with Rashid Mogradia of the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) at a reception in Jeddah. (Photo / Supplied)
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British Consul General Barrie Peach with Rashid Mogradia of the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) at a reception in Jeddah. (Photo / Supplied)
Updated 30 August 2018
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British Muslims laud Saudi Arabia’s efforts during Hajj

  • Delegation leader Rashid Mogradia thanks Consul General Barrie Peach
  • Peach congratulates CBHUK for supporting the needs of British pilgrims

JEDDAH: British Consul General Barrie Peach on Tuesday met with a delegation from the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) in Jeddah.
They discussed issues affecting British pilgrims, from Hajj fraud to health and welfare. They lauded Saudi efforts to serve pilgrims and keep Hajj incident-free via enhanced crowd-management techniques.
“I congratulate the CBHUK for the important work they do in supporting the needs of British pilgrims, in close cooperation with the consulate,” said Peach.
Delegation leader Rashid Mogradia thanked Peach “for hosting us and the cooperation extended by his team in the run-up to and during Hajj.”
Mogradia added: “Our ability to engage with local partners, volunteers and local government departments has allowed us to strengthen our network to support British pilgrims in cooperation with the consulate.”
He said: “In particular, we commend the rapid response from the Saudi Health Ministry in deploying a field team of nurses and doctors to a UK tour group in which more than 20 members had reported cases of projectile vomiting and diarrhea. Through our network and support from the ministry, we were able to prevent a possible public health outbreak.”
Prince Islam Elsawy of Elsawy Travel said: “We were honored to host the CBHUK team in our camps and witnessed first-hand the important work they do in supporting British pilgrims in their life-defining journey of Hajj. I extend my thanks and appreciation to the British Consulate team for visiting us and other licensed Hajj organizers in the European camps during Hajj.”


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”