Saudi FM meets with US Secretary of State in Washington

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo: Twitter/@FaisalbinFarhan)
Updated 15 November 2019

Saudi FM meets with US Secretary of State in Washington

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Thursday.

In his Twitter account, Prince Faisal said: “Saudi-US have a long-standing strategic partnership. 

“We affirmed the strong ties between our countries and the joint efforts in confronting terrorism in the region and the world.”

 

 

 

 


SR10,000 fines for people entering Makkah holy sites without legal permits

Thousands of tents are prepared to host millions of Muslim pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage. (SPA file photo)
Updated 13 min 7 sec ago

SR10,000 fines for people entering Makkah holy sites without legal permits

  • Around 2.5 million foreign and domestic pilgrims had performed Hajj last year

RIYADH: In a bid to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Interior Ministry has barred the entry of people to the holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat without permits from Dul Qadah 28 (July 18) to Dul Hijjah 12.
A Saudi Press Agency report quoted a source as saying that fines amounting to SR10,000 ($2,666) will be imposed on the violators.
The penalty will be doubled with the repetition of the violation, the report said.
The source called on all citizens and residents to abide by the instructions regarding Hajj season this year.
Saudi Arabia has decided to allow only a limited number of domestic pilgrims to perform Hajj this year in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sound health condition is the main criterion for allowing performance of Hajj this year. Only those expatriates between the ages of 20 and 50 who are not suffering from any chronic diseases were entitled to apply for the pilgrimage.
Around 2.5 million foreign and domestic pilgrims had performed Hajj last year.