All smiles as Lebanon’s Hariri shares selfie with Saudi crown prince

Selfie of Lebenese PM Saad Hariri, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Khaled bin Salman, Kingdom's ambassador to US. (Twitter/@saadhariri)
Updated 04 March 2018

All smiles as Lebanon’s Hariri shares selfie with Saudi crown prince

JEDDAH: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri shared a selfie early Saturday with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and his brother .
The image, which will likely go viral on social media in both countries, was posted to Hariri’s Twitter account shortly after 2 a.m. in the Saudi capital. It shows the trio smiling as they pose for the snap.
The selfie, taken with a slight tilt, shows Hariri in the foreground and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his country’s ambassador to the US Prince Khaled bin Salman behind him.
The relaxed leaders are seen in casual dress with the crown prince wearing what appears to be a dark winter thobe with the prime minister in a zip-up pullover, and the Kingdom’s top US-based diplomat in a classic white thobe with the collar buttons undone.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that Prince Mohammed and Prime Minister Hariri discussed bilateral and regional issues on Friday.
Hariri was welcomed by King Salman in Riyadh on Wednesday in his first visit back to the country since he announced his resignation in the kingdom.

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

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Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.