Arab Parliament vows to support Arab cause

The Arab Parliament not only condemns terrorist acts but also seeks strategies, means and procedures to fight terrorism. (SPA)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Arab Parliament vows to support Arab cause

  • The Arab Parliament not only condemns terrorist acts but also seeks strategies, means and procedures to fight terrorism

JEDDAH: Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, speaker of the Arab Parliament, expressed his resolve to continue making efforts to support Arab causes particularly the Palestinian issue.
Following his election as the speaker of the Arab Parliament for a second term, he said the Palestinian issue is our top priority. He said a special committee was formed to devise a strategy to address a number of issues including the status of Jerusalem, Israeli barriers and repeated violence against the Palestinians.
Al-Salami said terrorism is also an issue facing the Arab world. He pledged to fight terrorism in all its forms and ensure the safety of the Arab world.
The Arab Parliament not only condemns terrorist acts but also seeks strategies, means and procedures to fight terrorism.
Al-Salami was elected as the speaker of the Arab Parliament at a special session on Saturday.
His election is a seen as recognition of Saudi Arabia’s role in serving Arab issues. He is also a member of the Saudi Shoura Council.
Al-Salami has been a member of the Arab Parliament since 2013, and a member of the Saudi Shoura Council since 2009. He started his academic career as a lecturer in the Department of Islamic Studies at King Abdul Aziz University in 1997.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.