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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Saudi Minister: We Will Not Allow Turning the Holy Sites into an Arena for Slogans

The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).
The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).
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Saudi Minister: We Will Not Allow Turning the Holy Sites into an Arena for Slogans

The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).
The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).

The official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Interior Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub, affirmed on Friday that Saudi Arabia will not allow the holy sites to be turned into arenas for slogans and chants that diverge from the purposes of Islamic Sharia.
He emphasized that the security and safety of the pilgrims is a red line that will not be compromised.
During the daily press conference for this year's Hajj season, Shalhoub announced the successful and smooth implementation of the first phase of the plan to transport pilgrims to the holy sites.
He stressed that security forces will continue to maintain a tight security cordon around the holy sites until the end of the Hajj season.
For his part, Mohammed Al-Abdali, the official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Health, highlighted the ministry's readiness to serve the pilgrims for this year's season. He said all health plans have been successfully implemented.
"More than 35,000 healthcare professionals and members of the healthcare system, along with over 5,500 health volunteers, take pride in serving and caring for the guests of Allah”, said Al-Abdali.
A total of 189 hospitals and health centers, in addition to mobile clinics and field hospitals, 98 ambulance centers, 14 health monitoring centers at land, air, and sea entry points, and 32 trucks for distributing medical supplies, have been set to serve the guests of Allah in addition to many other facilitations.
Dr. Ayed Algwinm, the Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Affairs, highlighted the significant developmental projects witnessed in the holy sites' infrastructure, including water networks, enhanced electrical capacity, aimed at improving services and raising the standard of accommodation.
The exceptional collaboration between the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, and the Royal Commission for Makkah City and the Holy Sites, have made this possible, he underscored.
Saleh Al-Zuaid, the official spokesman for the transportation and logistical services system said that Saudi airports had received over 19,000 incoming flights from approximately 90 countries as of Thursday.
He also mentioned that the Haramain High-Speed Railway has operated more than 2,700 trips since the beginning of the Hajj season. The Jeddah Islamic Port received 7 ships carrying pilgrims from Sudan and 129 ships carrying over 600,000 containers in total.
 



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Saudi Leadership Congratulates Egyptian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulates Egyptian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent on Tuesday a cable of congratulations to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his country's National Day.

King Salman wished Sisi continued good health and the government and people of Egypt steady progress and prosperity.

He lauded the strong Saudi-Egyptian ties, emphasizing the shared desire to foster growth in all sectors.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, sent Sisi a similar cable on the occasion.