French envoy lauds facilities for pilgrims

Updated 10 October 2014

French envoy lauds facilities for pilgrims

French Consul General Louis Blaine visited the headquarters of the Non-Arab Pilgrims’ Foundation of African Countries recently. He praised the efforts and facilities provided to them by the Kingdom during the Haj pilgrimage.
Blaine lauded the efforts of the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for providing excellent facilities to the pilgrims’ foundation for the maximum comfort and safety of the pilgrims.
Blaine also met with chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, Abdul Wahid Burhan Saifuddin, and thanked him for the facilities provided to French pilgrims.
He said that he had visited the French pilgrims’ camps during the Haj and was very pleased with the facilities and level of comfort that were provided to them to complete their rituals in peace and safety.
Nearly 17,800 French pilgrims did Haj this year with 727 of them performing it with the Tawafa Organization for Pilgrims of non-Arab African countries while the rest performed the Haj under other foundations.
He expressed his satisfaction at seeing no cases of epidemics or quarantines for any of the French pilgrims.
He said the French Consulate follows up with the situation of the pilgrims during the Haj every year by visiting the pilgrims’ camps inside the holy sites. He noted that the Saudi government had made excellent arrangements for the Haj on a large scale as many big projects were going on simultaneously at the holy sites to facilitate pilgrims.
He also explained that the arrival of the French pilgrims were organized by 48 companies and tourist associations concerned with the affairs of Haj pilgrims, declaring that the French authorities were concerned with the public interest of the pilgrims.
Blaine said that there is a lot of difference between the Haj in 1985 and 2014 as there are stunning developments at the holy sites to provide services and facilities to the pilgrims.
He said that the pilgrimage represents a major challenge for the government of Saudi Arabia and its people to make it successful for millions of Muslims.
Saifuddin said that the government had provided all the necessary security and civilian personnel to ensure a successful pilgrimage.
He said that the inspection visit of the French consul general to the headquarters of the institution in Mina comes in the framework of cooperation and coordination between the institution and the French Consulate General, and he wished all pilgrims a safe journey home.

KSA promoting culture of tolerence and fraternity

Saudi leadership has been keen to fight terrorism locally and globally. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2018

KSA promoting culture of tolerence and fraternity

  • The Kingdom has proven its understanding of the risks it faces by its measures to address them, the report said

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Tawfiq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairy praised the Kingdom’s efforts in confronting extremism and terrorism at local and international levels. 

During a conference of religious scholars held recently in Astana, Kazakhstan, the deputy minister said Saudi Arabia has always promoted peace and security, as it values tolerance and fraternity. 

Al-Sudairy commended the role of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (ETIDAL), and the Center for Intellectual Warfare, in this regard. 

Saudi leadership has been keen to fight terrorism locally and globally.

Last week, the Saudi Ministry of Justice concluded a training program aimed at combating terrorism funding and money laundering. More than 300 judges from Saudi criminal courts took part in the program. 

A recent report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) commended the Kingdom for making drastic changes to the way it combats money laundering, terrorism funding and arms proliferation.

The Kingdom has proven its understanding of the risks it faces by its measures to address them, the report said.