Makkah governor hands over Kiswa to senior keeper of Kaaba

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Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal (3rd left), Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais (4th left), head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosque, and other officials hold the Kiswa (black cover of the Holy Kaaba) for a souvenir picture at the governor’s office in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA) photo)
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Updated 04 September 2016

Makkah governor hands over Kiswa to senior keeper of Kaaba

JEDDAH: On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal handed over the Kiswa (black cover) of the Holy Kaaba to the Sadin (senior keeper)) of the Kaaba.
The turnover was made in a ceremony at the governor’s office in Jeddah.
Prince Khalid, who is also adviser to the king, stressed that Saudi Arabia is honored to serve the Two Holy Mosques and pilgrims.
As it is the Kingdom's Islamic duty, it will continue to implement development projects in the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah, he said.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 54 min 20 sec ago

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.