Saudi Cabinet advocates for international accountability amid Gaza crisis

King Salman presided over a Council of Ministers session on Tuesday, during which Saudi Arabia’s advocacy for international accountability measures in response to persistent violations in Gaza was discussed. (SPA)
King Salman presided over a Council of Ministers session on Tuesday, during which Saudi Arabia’s advocacy for international accountability measures in response to persistent violations in Gaza was discussed. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet advocates for international accountability amid Gaza crisis

Saudi Cabinet advocates for international accountability amid Gaza crisis
  • Minister of Information Salman bin Youssef Al-Dosari said council was closely monitoring developments in Gaza

RIYADH: King Salman presided over a Council of Ministers session on Tuesday, during which Saudi Arabia’s advocacy for international accountability measures in response to persistent violations in Gaza was discussed.

The council further deliberated on the Kingdom’s insistence on an immediate ceasefire, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Minister of Information Salman bin Youssef Al-Dosari said that the council was closely monitoring regional and international developments in the Gaza Strip.

The Cabinet also discussed recent diplomatic engagements, international relations, and economic developments.

It reviewed the results of the recent summit between Saudi Arabia and the Caribbean Community, and emphasized the concerted effort from the Kingdom and the bloc to combat climate change and advance sustainable clean energy initiatives.

Additionally, the council committed to the re-election of Saudi Arabia as a member of the UNESCO Executive Council for the period spanning 2023 to 2027.


Saudi health minister hails success of Hajj plans

Saudi health minister hails success of Hajj plans
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Saudi health minister hails success of Hajj plans

Saudi health minister hails success of Hajj plans
  • Fahad Al-Jalajel: Despite the large number of pilgrims and the challenges posed by high temperatures, we experienced no outbreaks or public health threats
  • Al-Jalajel praised the Supreme Hajj Committee for its measures to protect pilgrims from extreme heat and other health risks during rituals

RIYADH: The Saudi minister of health has hailed the success of preparation for Hajj after no outbreaks or threats to public health were recorded during the annual pilgrimage.

Fahad Al-Jalajel said in a statement: “I am pleased to announce the success of this year’s Hajj health plans. Despite the large number of pilgrims and the challenges posed by high temperatures, we experienced no outbreaks or public health threats.

“The health system was equipped with 189 hospitals, health centers and mobile clinics, offering a bed capacity exceeding 6,500. Over 40,000 medical, technical, and administrative staff and volunteers were mobilized, supported by more than 370 ambulances, seven air ambulances, 12 laboratories and 60 trucks.

“We also provided more than 1,860 medical supplies and, in a significant move, deployed three mobile medical warehouses across the holy sites,” he added, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

More than 390,000 pilgrims received healthcare services during the pilgrimage this year, of which 28 underwent open heart surgery, 720 received cardiac catheters and more than 1,169 had dialysis sessions, the minister said.

Virtual health services through Seha Virtual Hospital were provided to more than 5,800 pilgrims, and heat stress cases were managed with appropriate medical care. Proactive awareness efforts helped limit the increase in cases.

The minister attributed the success of the plans to the integration among all government agencies, including the Makkah Health Cluster of the Health Holding Company, the Red Crescent Authority, the Public Health Authority (Weqaya), the Food and Drug Authority, and significant contributions from the National Unified Procurement Company (NUPCO), the Health Volunteering Center and other entities in the Kingdom.

Al-Jalajel praised the Supreme Hajj Committee for its measures to protect pilgrims from extreme heat and other health risks during rituals. He also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Interior for its active role in executing the health plans.

The achievement reflects the integration of all government entities and preparation for the Hajj season within the framework of the Guests of God Program, the minister said.

He highlighted the Central Hajj Committee’s recommendation for pilgrims to avoid peak heat times, saying the guidance contributed to maintaining safety and managing heat stress cases.


Niger PM leaves Jeddah after performing Hajj

The Prime Minister of Niger Ali Lamine Zeine leaves Jeddah on Tuesday after performing Hajj. (SPA)
The Prime Minister of Niger Ali Lamine Zeine leaves Jeddah on Tuesday after performing Hajj. (SPA)
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Niger PM leaves Jeddah after performing Hajj

The Prime Minister of Niger Ali Lamine Zeine leaves Jeddah on Tuesday after performing Hajj. (SPA)
  • Zeine attended a Hajj reception hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday

RIYADH: The Prime Minister of Niger Ali Lamine Zeine left Jeddah on Tuesday after performing Hajj, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Zeine attended a Hajj reception hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday.

Other notables who performed Hajj this year include Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the Prime Minister of Yemen’s internationally recognised government Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak.


Minister praises efforts of workers during Hajj 

Minister praises efforts of workers during Hajj 
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Minister praises efforts of workers during Hajj 

Minister praises efforts of workers during Hajj 
  • Ahmad bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi praised the efforts of workers and volunteers during Hajj, saying their work had ensured that pilgrims could perform their rituals with ease and in safety
  • Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched several services and initiatives as part of its efforts to serve pilgrims, workers, and establishments during the Hajj

MINA: The Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmad bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi has praised the efforts of workers and volunteers during Hajj, saying their work has ensured that pilgrims can perform their rituals with ease and in safety.

He added that their efforts were in line with the directives of leadership, which call for providing support and facilitating many services for pilgrims, through integration and cooperation with all government and private sectors.

His comments came during his visit on Tuesday to the main operations center of the human resources and social development system for Hajj.

He was briefed on the progress of work and the efforts of the ministry’s inspection teams in enhancing the compliance of establishments operating during Hajj.

He also observed prominent initiatives, services, and tasks carried out by volunteer teams within the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the holy sites.

The ministry has launched several services and initiatives as part of its efforts to serve pilgrims, workers, and establishments during the Hajj season, including enabling seasonal work through the Hajj employee service and the seasonal visa service.

The ministry’s inspection committees, in partnership with the relevant authorities, carry out continuous monitoring of the work system provisions. The ministry has also launched an anti-begging initiative for the season in multiple languages, and supervised over 22 child hospitality centers in Makkah and the holy sites through another scheme, in addition to several other volunteer and service plans to serve pilgrims.

These efforts are a continuation of the work being done to enhance and improve the effectiveness of services, while increasing volunteer opportunities to facilitate Hajj rituals and serve pilgrims.


Arab leaders congratulate Saudi leadership on success of Hajj season

Hajj 2024 came to a successful close on Tuesday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Hajj 2024 came to a successful close on Tuesday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Arab leaders congratulate Saudi leadership on success of Hajj season

Hajj 2024 came to a successful close on Tuesday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
  • Leaders of UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain congratulated the Saudi leadership on the success of Hajj 2024

RIYADH: Leaders from the Arab world congratulated King Salman on the success of this year’s Hajj season, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The President of the UAE Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed sent a cable to the king congratulating him on the success of Hajj, saying it was down to the grace of God and then the care of the Saudi leadership and its eagerness to serve pilgrims.

The UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan also sent similar cables.

The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah also sent a congratulatory cable, praising the expansion and growth taking place at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

He also praised the development of smart services and technologies that meet the needs of pilgrims, benefit them, and facilitate the performance of rituals.

Bahrain’s King Hamad sent a cable of congratulations, praising the Saudi leadership for the efforts it has made around the clock to successfully organize the Hajj rituals and serve pilgrims so that they can perform the pilgrimage safely and with ease.

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani also congratulated King Salman. In a cable, Sheikh Tamim wished for further progress and prosperity in the Kingdom. 

The rulers of Sharjah, Umm Al-Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah, Fujairah, and Ajman also congratulated King Salman on the success of this year’s Hajj season.

Pilgrims pelted the jamarat and performed the Farewell Tawaf on Tuesday, bringing this year’s Hajj to a close.


Madinah prepares services to welcome pilgrims

Madinah prepares services to welcome pilgrims
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Madinah prepares services to welcome pilgrims

Madinah prepares services to welcome pilgrims
  • Madinah welcomes pilgrims during the second phase of the Hajj season
  • Pilgrims will visit the Prophet’s Mosque to pray and pay their respects

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah is gearing up to welcome pilgrims blessed with the opportunity to perform Hajj this year.

All relevant government agencies and private sector entities involved in the pilgrimage in the city have finalized their preparations to welcome the worshippers, with many also set to contribute to providing services upon completion of the Hajj season, in line with the directives of the Kingdom’s leadership.

The various sectors are working in close coordination to achieve the highest standards of precision and quality.

Madinah welcomes pilgrims during the second phase of the Hajj season. Pilgrims will visit the Prophet’s Mosque to pray and pay their respects, as well as visit numerous other mosques and holy sites closely tied to the life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.