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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Iranian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Hajj Bolsters Relations between our Countries

Muslim Hajj pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on June 16, 2024, as they perform the farewell circumambulation or "tawaf". (AFP)
Muslim Hajj pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on June 16, 2024, as they perform the farewell circumambulation or "tawaf". (AFP)
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Iranian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Hajj Bolsters Relations between our Countries

Muslim Hajj pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on June 16, 2024, as they perform the farewell circumambulation or "tawaf". (AFP)
Muslim Hajj pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on June 16, 2024, as they perform the farewell circumambulation or "tawaf". (AFP)

Iranian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alireza Enayati stressed on Sunday that the Hajj helps forge relations of friendship between Muslims, adding that Tehran places great importance on its ties with Riyadh.

In remarks to Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt, he said Iran will continue to strengthen relations with the Kingdom at the directives of the two countries’ leaderships.

On Iranian Hajj pilgrims, he said they are organized and have completed their holy rituals smoothly and at ease.

He underscored the complete coordination between the Iranian Hajj mission and Saudi authorities, whom he thanked for their major accomplishment of organizing the annual pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia and Iran restored their relations in March 2023 through a China-mediated agreement. They resumed Umrah trips in April 2023.

Over 1.8 million pilgrims performed this year’s Hajj, said Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Among them were 90,000 Iranian pilgrims.

Iran believes the Hajj is one way to get closer to God and for Muslims to achieve rapprochement with each other because the pilgrimage brings together the faithful from all around the world, remarked Enayati.

Moreover, he noted that the Hajj was just one way for Saudi Arabia and Iran to strengthen their ties.

The ambassador also congratulated the Iranian pilgrims and Saudi Arabia’s government and people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Saudi Leadership Congratulate Kiribati President on Independence Day

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

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

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, sent a cable of congratulations to Republic of Kiribati President Taneti Maamau on the anniversary of his country's Independence Day.
King Salman wished the president continued good health and happiness and the government and people of Kiribati steady progress and prosperity.
For his part, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a cable of congratulations to President Maamau, wishing him continued good health and happiness and the government and people of Kiribati steady progress and prosperity.