Two Holy Mosques chief honored in event marking end of Hajj season

The Chief of the General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, at the event. (SPA)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Two Holy Mosques chief honored in event marking end of Hajj season

JEDDAH: The Chief of the General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, was honored during an event to mark the occasion of the end of his Hajj season.

Al-Sudais praised all the efforts that contributed to the success of the Hajj season, lauding the officials who did their best to take care of the pilgrims and their needs during their stay in the holy cities. 

He praised King Salman and the crown prince for their support. He also thanked the security officers for their efforts, which reflect the bright image of the sons of the soil. 

He especially expressed his appreciation to the media for highlighting the efforts exerted to serve the Two Holy Mosques.

Speaking at the event, Brig. Abdullah bin Eid Al-Qurashi, director general of Civil Defense, applauded the role played by various institutions for serving the guests of God during this Hajj.

On Sunday, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, said during a meeting with the heads of consular missions in Jeddah that Saudi Arabia would do its utmost to serve pilgrims. The government would ensure they enjoy more comfortable and easier Hajj and Umrah trips, he said.

He said King Salman has established the Royal Commission for Makkah and the Holy Places, chaired by the crown prince, to facilitate Hajj and Umrah procedures and develop the holy places.


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

Updated 27 min 25 sec ago
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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.