Illegal expat pilgrims to face 10 year ban from Kingdom

Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah September 22, 2015. (REUTERS)
Updated 15 August 2017

Illegal expat pilgrims to face 10 year ban from Kingdom

JEDDAH: Expat pilgrims trying to perform Hajj illegally in Makkah face deportation and a ban of up to 10 years, the Interior Ministry’s public security has announced on the official Twitter account.
All pilgrims are required to hold a permit allowing them to perform Hajj before they are allowed to enter Makkah. Those who try to enter without the relevant paperwork will be stopped.


Saudi ambassador joins high-level UN talks

Updated 22 min 44 sec ago

Saudi ambassador joins high-level UN talks

  • The meeting focused on political challenges facing Islamic countries

UNITED NATIONS: Political challenges facing Arab countries took center stage at a series of meetings attended by Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami.
A meeting of the UN Arab Group chaired by Algeria’s Permanent Representative, Sofiane Mimouni, focused on issues of common concern, including Palestine.
Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti’s foreign minister, briefed the meeting on the country’s candidacy for the UN Security Council nonpermanent seat for 2021-2022.
Al-Muallami also joined a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, chaired by Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Adela Raz.
The meeting focused on political challenges facing Islamic countries.
In a meeting with High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Moratinos, Al-Muallami discussed the alliance’s efforts to spread the message of peace, and promote a culture of dialogue, cooperation and coexistence while rejecting hate speech, racism and intolerance.