Muslim World League, Gulf Cooperation Council praise Saudi efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani. (AP)
Updated 30 June 2018

Muslim World League, Gulf Cooperation Council praise Saudi efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims

  • The Kingdom annually receives pilgrims of more than 80 nations without any discrimination, and provides them with world-class services

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL), and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, lauded Saudi efforts to serve all pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Two Holy Mosques, including some 18,000 Syrians this year.
Al-Zayani thanked King Salman and crown prince for their efforts to ensure pilgrim safety.
The MWL rejected false claims that Saudi authorities have barred Syrians from performing Hajj and Umrah. The Kingdom annually receives pilgrims of more than 80 nations without any discrimination, and provides them with world-class services to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, the league said.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 19 min 5 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.