Saudi Arabia suspends praying in the Two Holy Mosques in Ramadan

Saudi Arabia suspends praying in the Two Holy Mosques in Ramadan
Muslim worshippers circumambulate the sacred Kaaba in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, on April 3, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 21 April 2020

Saudi Arabia suspends praying in the Two Holy Mosques in Ramadan

Saudi Arabia suspends praying in the Two Holy Mosques in Ramadan
  • The call for prayer will still be heard

RIYADH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said on Monday that it would extend the suspension of prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
President General of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, said in a tweet that the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram) in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque (Al Masjid Al-Nabawi) will broadcast the call for prayer (adhan) throughout the month but would remain closed to worshippers.
The authority last month began intensifying precautionary anti-coronavirus measures and boosted coordination between all parties that were concerned with the safety of pilgrims.


Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron
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Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

The crown prince and president reviewed relations between the Kingdom and France and opportunities for joint cooperation during the call.

Regional and international developments, as well as a number of issues of common interest, were also discussed.