Interior minister lauds success of Hajj security plans

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif meets security officials in Mina. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2019

Interior minister lauds success of Hajj security plans

MINA: Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the security men who participated in implementing Hajj security plans.

The minister congratulated them on the plans’ success, and conveyed the king’s greetings on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

During a meeting with security officials at the Interior Ministry in Mina, Prince Abdul Aziz hailed the Saudi leadership’s support for serving pilgrims.

He also praised the efforts exerted by all ministries, bodies and agencies involved in serving pilgrims.

He praised efforts to serve pilgrims in the two holy cities, which were directly supervised by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 28 min 30 sec ago

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.