Saudi Arabia supports peaceful transition in Sudan, King Salman announces aid package

Saudi Arabia's King Salman. (SPA file photo)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia supports peaceful transition in Sudan, King Salman announces aid package

  • Saudi Arabia called on the “brotherly Sudanese people” to give priority to the national interest
  • King Salman issued directives to the concerned authorities in the Kingdom to provide a package of humanitarian aid
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its support for the Sudanese people and the measures taken by the transitional military council following a statement issued on Saturday by its leader.
According to Saudi Press Agency, the Kingdom said it backed the steps announced by the transitional council in preserving the lives and property of the Sudanese population and hoped that this could be achieved will achieved.
Saudi Arabia calls on the “brotherly Sudanese people” to give priority to the national interest to achieve their aspirations and hopes for development and prosperity.
Also on Saturday, King Salman issued directives to the concerned authorities in the Kingdom to provide a package of humanitarian aid, including petroleum products, wheat and medicines to the Sudanese people.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.