Saudi border guards foil attempts to smuggle 1,202 kg of cannabis

Saudi border guards in the southern region managed to thwart attempts to smuggle over 1,000 kg of cannabis into the Kingdom. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 11 February 2019

Saudi border guards foil attempts to smuggle 1,202 kg of cannabis

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Border Guards spokesperson announced on Sunday they blocked attempts to smuggle a total of 1,202 kg of cannabis as part of continuous efforts to protect the Kingdom’s land and sea borders.
The spokesperson said that all those resulted in foiling and the arrest of those involved.
Among those arrested in January were 40 Ethiopian, 10 Yemenis, two Pakistanis, two Somalis, and one Saudi national.
The arrests were made after the suspects were caught crossing the Kingdom’s southern border.
The spokesperson said the suspects will be investigated according to the law.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.