Saudi envoy discusses Makkah Route Initiative with Indonesian officials

Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Issam Abed Al-Thaqafi meets Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Fakhir in Jakarta on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 05 July 2019

Saudi envoy discusses Makkah Route Initiative with Indonesian officials

  • The initiative enables pilgrims from participating countries to bypass the procedures upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, heading directly to buses waiting to transport them to accommodations in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah

RIYADH: The Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Issam Abed Al-Thaqafi, met Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Fakhir in Jakarta on Friday.

During the meeting, they discussed the relations between the two countries and the latest developments in the Middle East. 

They also discussed the Makkah Route initiative which will be launched in Indonesia next Sunday. The initiative will facilitate the transfer of Indonesian pilgrims to the Kingdom.

Al-Thaqafi also met with the director general of the Indonesian News Agency, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat.

During the meeting, they discussed media relations between the two countries and the efforts exerted by the Kingdom in the serving Islam and Muslims.

The Makkah Route initiative is expected to serve more than 225,000 pilgrims passing through airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tunisia. 

The service includes issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements, and codifying and sorting luggage at airports in the pilgrims’ own countries.

The initiative enables them to bypass the procedures upon arrival in the Kingdom, and to head directly to buses waiting to transport them to accommodation in Makkah and Madinah.

Under the initiative, service authorities deliver pilgrims’ luggage to their accommodation in the holy cities.

Earlier, Al-Thaqafi inspected the preparations to launch the Makkah Route initiative for Hajj season at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

During his tour, the ambassador met with the staff of the initiative. He also met with Indonesian officials to find out about facilities being provided by the Indonesian government for the initiative to serve Indonesian pilgrims from their departure until arrival safely in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Thaqafi expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their care and efforts in serving pilgrims.

The ambassador said: “The initiative was welcomed by officials of the Indonesian government and widely accepted by Indonesians.”

 

 

 

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MAKKAH ROUTE INITIATIVE

An initiative carried out under Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, Makkah Route is meant to improve services for pilgrims and to facilitate their performance of Hajj. Pilgrims are issued visas, checked for compliance with health requirements, and their luggage codified and sorted at airports in their own countries. Malaysia and Indonesia were the first to participate in this initiative in the past two years. They were joined this year by Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tunisia.


Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

  • The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan

RIYADH: Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik called on Saudi Foreign Minister  Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh on Monday. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. They also discussed issues of mutual interest.
The foreign minister also held a separate meeting with Mexican Ambassador-designate Anibal Toledo. He presented a copy of his credentials to Prince Faisal prior to submitting them to King Salman.
Sudanese Ambassador Abdulazim Al-Sadiq Al-Karoori called on Prince Faisal bin Farhan to bid him farewell. The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan.