Saudi Hajj minister receives Russian envoy

Hajj Minister Mohammed Salih Bentin, meeting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kozlov in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 26 July 2019

Saudi Hajj minister receives Russian envoy

JEDDAH: Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Salih Bentin received Sergey Kozlov, the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Russia to Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah on Thursday.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and topics related to Hajj, the Saudi Press agency reported.

For his part, the ambassador praised the efforts and services provided by the Kingdom to the pilgrims.


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.