Madinah governor thanks pilgrims for making Hajj a success

Updated 18 September 2018
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Madinah governor thanks pilgrims for making Hajj a success

  • Prince Faisal bin Salman was speaking at a ceremony honoring those who served pilgrims this year, in the presence of Madinah’s Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal

JEDDAH: Madinah’s governor thanked pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque for their role in making this year’s Hajj a success by following instructions to ensure a smooth and safe pilgrimage.

Prince Faisal bin Salman was speaking at a ceremony honoring those who served pilgrims this year, in the presence of Madinah’s Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal.

Prince Faisal highlighted the Kingdom’s annual success in organizing the Hajj season. The undersecretary of the Hajj and Umrah Ministry, Mohammed Al-Bejawi, thanked both princes for receiving governmental and private authorities on the occasion of the end of the Hajj season. 

Madinah received about 95 percent of pilgrims who came to perform Hajj, with Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport witnessing the arrival and departure of more than 1.2 million pilgrims who enjoyed good services, Al-Bejawi said.

More than 80,000 hotel rooms and other accommodations were made available to pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, and were monitored around the clock to ensure the provision of the finest services, he added. Integrated health services were made available to all visitors, he said.


Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

Updated 20 October 2018
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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

  • Trump said that Saudi Arabia has been a great ally
  • The president said he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on what to do next

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US response.

The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed in a "fistfight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do. I do." But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable," Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, "It's a big first step. It's only a first step, but it's a big first step."