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.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 15 September 2019

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.