RIYADH: The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has praised the Kingdom’s hospitality during this year’s Hajj season, saying the nation’s generosity was “truly on display for the world to see.”
Abizaid expressed his thanks and appreciation to the country’s leadership for their dedication in providing care and services to pilgrims.
“On behalf of the United States Mission to Saudi Arabia I would like to extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world who are celebrating Eid-Al-Adha,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I would also like to express our thanks to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Salih Bentin and Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for welcoming the thousands of American Muslims participating in this year’s pilgrimage.”
Abizaid also thanked locals for their hospitality toward Muslims from the US and around the world. “Saudi generosity is truly on display for the world to see during this special time of year,” he added.
The ambassador signed off with an Eid greeting.
He was nominated to the post last November and the US Senate confirmed his appointment in April, arriving in Saudi Arabia a month later.
Abizaid retired from the United States Army in 2007. He had a 34-year military career, rising from infantry platoon leader to four-star general, and became the longest-serving commander of United States Central Command.rd3322f