King Salman’s support for education highlighted

Updated 15 March 2016
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King Salman’s support for education highlighted

RIYADH: The Cabinet on Monday thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for supporting education efforts in the Kingdom, including the inauguration of the Riyadh International Book Fair, which involves over 500 publishers with about 1.2 million titles.
The Cabinet welcomed the recommendations and resolutions issued by the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Palestine recently held in Jakarta on March 6 and 7, which called for a resolution to the Palestinian crisis.
The Cabinet hailed the ongoing efforts by the security authorities to track down those involved in the targeting of security officers, including suspects who fired on worshipers at Al-Mustafa mosque in Al-Dalwah village, and the suicide bombing at the mosque for the Special Emergency Forces in Asir region.
Later, the Cabinet, at its weekly meeting, announced a series of decisions including authorizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister and supervisor of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, to discuss a draft memorandum of cooperation with the Russian government in investigations and public prosecution.
The Cabinet further authorized Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, to seek defense agreements with Bosnia and South Africa. The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and joint administrative assistance between the Saudi Customs Department and its counterpart in South Korea.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 51 min 46 sec ago
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.