Saudi Information Ministry praises media role during Hajj

Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad
Updated 06 September 2017

Saudi Information Ministry praises media role during Hajj

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Culture and Information on Monday held its annual ceremony to honor the media and cultural delegations covering the Hajj season this year.
During the ceremony, Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad conveyed the greetings of King Salman and the crown prince to the delegations.
The minister stressed that the Kingdom has the honor to serve the Two Holy Mosques and make use of all its material and human resources to care for pilgrims and looks forward every year to achieving the best level, and providing the best services that help pilgrims to easily perform their duties.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Culture and Information is happy to host and provide technical services necessary for all media and intellectuals, so they are able to perform their duties in covering the Hajj and its blessed rituals.
Al-Awwad stressed that the Kingdom strives to unite ranks and achieve security and peace in various parts of the world, and to fight terrorism that targets Islam and works to distort its image. He noted that terrorism targeted the holiest places but God has defeated its evil. He stressed that the media should be a tool to combat extremism, terrorism and hate speech, and that it should convey the message of peace and spread love and coexistence.
He thanked the media for the efforts exerted and the excellent coverage of the Hajj season, which contributed to the integrated media coverage that allowed the world to know about this great event, and follow the news of pilgrims and share their stories and spiritual experiences through the provision of media platforms with a global dimension.
He also praised the role played by the local media and the Saudi press in highlighting the vital aspects of all the distinguished services provided in all fields by the government of the King Salman.
Al-Awwad considered the local press as one of the main partners in the local and international media in continually keeping up with events and developments.
Other speakers representing Arab, Asian, European and African delegations, delivered speeches in which they expressed thanks for the generous invitation and hosting of the media delegations covering the Hajj season this year.
They congratulated King Salman and the crown prince on the success of the Hajj this year, pointing out that it was a special season. They highlighted the role of the Kingdom and the services it provided, and the projects carried out, which had a great impact on enabling pilgrims to perform their rituals.
They stressed that Saudi Arabia represents the heart of the Islamic world and senses hopes and pains of Muslims everywhere, and strives to achieve unity, cooperation and solidarity in the Islamic world, and to achieve security and peace in the whole world.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 6 min 44 sec ago

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.