Minister discusses Hajj with officials from Mauritania

Hajj and Umrah Minister Mohammad Salih Bentin hold talks with Mauritania’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood and his accompanied delegation. (SPA)
Updated 23 December 2018

Minister discusses Hajj with officials from Mauritania

  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah organized a workshop under the theme “The comprehensive scheme for pilgrims’ movement within the Hajj system, milestones and visualization”

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Salih Bentin met Mauritania’s Minister of Islamic Affairs and Traditional Education Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood. They discussed issues related to Hajj.
On Thursday, the Saudi minister held talks with Egyptian Maj. Gen. Mohammad Amr Ali Lutfi, assistant minister of interior for administrative affairs and his delegation in Makkah on Thursday.
They discussed cooperation in the field of Hajj and Umrah. Last week, Bentin separately received Sudanese, Algerian and Palestinian delegations. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdulfattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, held discussions with Sheikh Maksatbek Toktomushev, the mufti of Kyrgyzstan.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah organized a workshop under the theme “The comprehensive scheme for pilgrims’ movement within the Hajj system, milestones and visualization.”
The undersecretary of the Hajj Ministry for Hajj Affairs, Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif, said the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and its partners in the Hajj system are constantly endeavoring to improve pilgrims’ experience. 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.