Hajj security forces oversee preparations for upcoming pilgrimage season

Worshippers crowd around the Holy Kaaba in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 29 July 2018

Hajj security forces oversee preparations for upcoming pilgrimage season

MINA: Hajj security forces held a meeting on Sunday at their headquarters in Mina to discuss operations and preparations for the coming up pilgrimage season, set to commence in August.
Commander of Hajj security forces, Major General Khaled Al-Harbi, headed the meeting which oversaw the various security tasks to be carried out in Makkah as well as other sacred pilgrimage sites.
The tasks are meant to secure worshippers’ safety and make their pilgrimage easier, he said.
Al-Harbi stressed the importance of his force’s concerted efforts to complete all field arrangements, increase readiness and preparations to execute the security plans at a level that is consistent with the directives of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
During the meeting, he reviewed security, traffic, regulatory and support plans, which took into account the review of new developments and new plans along with the means of implementing them.
In addition to this, the examining of the technical regulations for verifying pilgrims who obtain Hajj permits at holy sites as well as documenting the identity of violators took place.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”