Palestinian pilgrims pay tribute to Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims depart after throwing the final pebbles in the symbolic stoning of the devil at the Jamarat Bridge in Mina, which marks the final major rite of the Hjj on August 23, 2018. Palestinian pilgrims returning to camps in Lebanon expressed thanks to Saudi Arabia for the care offered to them and other worshippers during Hajj. (AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
Updated 01 September 2018
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Palestinian pilgrims pay tribute to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted 1,000 female and male pilgrims who were relatives of Palestinian martyrs
  • The Palestinian head of the delegation highlighted the care provided by the Kingdom during the performance of the rituals of Hajj

JEDDAH: Palestinian pilgrims returning to camps in Lebanon expressed thanks to Saudi Arabia for the care offered to them and other worshippers during Hajj.

Pilgrims returning to Shatila, Burj Al-Barajneh, Miyyah Miyyah, Ain Al-Hilweh, Rashidiya and the Bader River camps in Lebanon were welcomed with decorations, banners, confetti and songs that filled the public squares.

The pilgrims praised the Kingdom, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for its “goodness and leadership.”

Head of the delegation of Palestinian martyrs’ families Sheikh Iyad highlighted the care provided by the Kingdom during the performance of the rituals of Hajj.

High-level organization and technological innovations were major factors in the success of this year’s Hajj, he said.

This year, King Salman hosted 1,000 female and male pilgrims who were relatives of Palestinian martyrs.

The initiative was part of the King Salman Hajj and Umrah Program, supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

The guests of this year’s program came from the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. 


Saudi crown prince receives Pakistan’s highest civilian award

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Saudi crown prince receives Pakistan’s highest civilian award

  • Prince Mohammed “honored” to meet the president and receive the award
  • Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi Pakistan was proud of its relations with Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi handed the prestigious Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan) award on Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday

The award is a state-organized civilian honor which recognizes achievements for Pakistan or an outstanding service for one’s own country.

On receiving the award at President House in Islamabad, Prince Mohammed said he was “honored” to meet the president and receive the highest medal of the Republic.”

“The brotherly relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are based on the principle of Islamic solidarity, and they are a model for other nations,” the crown prince said.

“The Kingdom was one of the first countries to recognize Pakistan immediately after its declaration of independence, as most of the Kingdom's kings have visited Pakistan and most of Pakistan's leaders have visited the Kingdom.”

He said more than two million Pakistanis are working in the Kingdom and “contribute their share in the development project in the Kingdom and Pakistan.”

Alvi said Pakistan was proud of its relations with Saudi Arabia, and that the two countries were bound by “deep-rooted brotherly relations based on common religious and cultural values.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan, his cabinet members, the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and several other high-profile officials and dignitaries from both countries were also present on the occasion.

The crown prince arrived in Islamabad on Sunday as part of an official two-day visit to the country on the invitation of the premier.

The two countries signed agreements worth more than $20bn at a ceremony on Sunday evening.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy deep-rooted defense ties, with the armed forces of both the countries conducting joint exercises in Pakistan and the Kingdom on a regular basis.

On Monday, the crown prince also met with Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani. Later, he was accompanied to the Presidency by Prime Minister Khan in a traditional horse-drawn carriage that was surrounded by a contingent of President’s Bodyguards.