Crown Prince Salman receives commander of US naval forces

Updated 13 February 2013
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Crown Prince Salman receives commander of US naval forces

RIYADH: Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, received at his office in Riyadh on Sunday visiting US Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, and his accompanying delegation.
Crown Prince Salman decorated Greenert with the King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Grade "in recognition of his distinguished efforts in strengthening the ties of friendship and mutual cooperation between the two friendly countries," the SPA reported.
During the meeting, they also discussed matters of mutual interest between the two countries.
Also in attendance were Prince Mohammed bin Salman, special adviser and supervisor of the Office and Special Affairs of the Crown Prince; Gen. Hussein Bin Abdullah Al-Qabil, chief of general staff; Lt. Gen. Dakhilullah bin Ahmed Al-Waqdani, commander of naval forces ; Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, director general of the Office of Minister Defense ; and US Ambassador James B. Smith.
Greenert and his delegation also met with Prince Khalid bin Sultan, deputy minister of defense, on Sunday.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 19 min 32 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.