King Salman, crown prince thank Interior Ministry for successful Hajj

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Updated 06 September 2017

King Salman, crown prince thank Interior Ministry for successful Hajj

JEDDAH: King Salman has sent a letter of thanks to Interior Minister and President of the Higher Hajj Council Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif in response to his letter to the king on the success of the current Hajj season.
In his letter, King Salman said that he received Prince Abdul Aziz’s letter which concerned the success of the season where the number of pilgrims increased by 26 percent and it was free from any epidemic diseases.
King Salman also expressed thanks to Allah for the success of the season and the favorable responses they have received from pilgrims and officials of different countries for the facilities and services, and safety, security, health and organizational aspects.
The king also thanked Allah for being honored to serve the Two Holy Mosques, pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.
He also expressed thanks to the minister, regional governors and all personnel of the military, civilian, and private sectors for their efforts which allowed the pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also sent a cable of thanks to Prince Abdul Aziz on the occasion of his congratulations to the crown prince on the success of the Hajj season.
In the cable, the crown prince praised the Hajj efforts and the success of the season.
Later, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman, governor of Makkah region and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, congratulated King Salman on the success of this year’s Hajj.
“I am pleased to convey to you the highest congratulations and blessings on the occasion of the success of this year’s Hajj season, thanks to Allah Almighty and your generous care, attention and follow-up, enabling the pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease, comfort and assurance, and thanks to the provision of physical and human potential, capabilities and services in all the government, security and private sectors, and the upgrading of the level of services offered to more than 2 million pilgrims, since their arrival until the safe return to their homelands,” Prince Khaled said in his letter to the king.
Prince Khaled also sent two similar cables of congratulations to the crown prince and Prince Abdul Aziz.
Meanwhile. the guests of the King Salman for Hajj and Umrah program have concluded their Hajj rituals and are  headed for Madinah.


Saudi embassy in China urges citizens to leave amid coronavirus outbreak

Updated 9 min 5 sec ago

Saudi embassy in China urges citizens to leave amid coronavirus outbreak

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in China on Sunday urged its citizens to leave the country for their safety amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The embassy issued a statement also urging its citizens to avoid visiting China, whether it be for business or tourism purposes.

The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 56 people in China and infected more than 2,000 globally, most of them in China.

The statement also called on Saudi residents and visitors in China to “remain in their residences, be careful and adhere to the preventive and health and safety measures until their opted departure.”

The virus has caused alarm because it is still too early to know how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people.

Like many countries, Saudi Arabia has started screening travelers arriving in the Kingdom from China. No cases have yet been recorded in Saudi Arabia.