Sri Lankan journalist lauds Haj services

Updated 20 October 2014
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Sri Lankan journalist lauds Haj services

A Sri Lankan journalist who has come for the Haj for the first time has expressed awe at the outstanding services rendered by the government to pilgrims who had come from all parts of the globe.
Badoordeen Mohammed Murshideen, who performed his maiden Haj this year, said that he never knew that such a gigantic plan has been drawn up by the Saudi government to serve both foreign and local pilgrims.
“From the airport to the holy sites, we were treated so well,” he noted.
Murshideen thanked the UAE Ambassador in Colombo, Abdul Hamid Al-Fatah K Al-Mulla, for funding his pilgrimage, helping him achieve his life-long dream. The journalist said that there were ample facilities for pilgrims to seek medical treatment at every corner of the holy site.
“Health officials were kind and treated patients professionally and with a sense of dedication,” he added.
Murshideen, who is also the executive member of the Sri Lankan chapter of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), said that he met Professor Hamid bin Ahmed Al-Refaie, chairman of the International Interfaith Dialogue Group in Jeddah, on Thursday.
During the discussions, he was able to discuss matters regarding peaceful co-existence with other communities in non-Muslim countries.
“Muslims in Sri Lanka have to learn a lot about Islamic culture, traditions and practices from a country such as the Kingdom.”
During his stay in Makkah, he said that he got the opportunity to meet the Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Mohamed and Consul-General Adam Bawa Uthumalebbe to get first-hand knowledge about the lives of Sri Lankan expatriates in the Kingdom.
Murshideen said that he prayed for the country at the House of God in appreciation of its wonderful services.


Russian Direct Investment Fund welcomes Saudi Arabia’s ‘decisive action’ in Khashoggi case

Updated 19 min 30 sec ago
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Russian Direct Investment Fund welcomes Saudi Arabia’s ‘decisive action’ in Khashoggi case

  • RDIF said that it “strongly supports the process of transformative and historical reforms in Saudi Arabia”
  • RDIF said that, along with many of its partners, it will continue close investment cooperation with the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has welcomed the “decisive action” taken by Saudi Arabia as a result of the official investigation into the Jamal Khashoggi case, and its decision to punish and prosecute those who are responsible, a statement said on Saturday.
RDIF said that it “strongly supports the process of transformative and historical reforms in Saudi Arabia undertaken by its leadership, including Vision 2030, which is of true significance for the Middle East and for the whole world.”
RDIF said that, along with many of its partners, it will continue close investment cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to “promote partnership and friendship among our great nations.”