Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and chairman of the Central Haj Committee, has emphasized that Saudi Arabia’s leadership, government and people consider serving the Two Holy Mosques and the pilgrims a national duty and a source of pride for every Saudi citizen.
Prince Khaled was speaking during a reception for consuls of 17 Arab, Islamic and friendly countries, at his office in Jeddah recently. The consuls congratulated him for the successful organization of this year’s Haj. “I assure you on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and his crown prince that what the Kingdom is doing toward pilgrims is its duty toward our Muslim brothers,” the governor said.
Prince Khaled confirmed that “the Kingdom, since its inception, has the greatest interest in taking care of the house of God.” He said during his meeting with the consuls that “the Islam is a systematic approach of life for people and urges coexistence. Hence, we hope that the world lives in peace and that the spirit of peaceful coexistence prevails among all peoples.”
Consul General of Yemen Ali Al-Ayyashi congratulated the leadership, government and people of the Kingdom for the success of the Haj season, pointing out that “the success could not have been achieved without the continuous follow-up by the leadership of Saudi Arabia, led by King Salman, that bears on its shoulders the service of pilgrims and taking care of the holy sites.” He pointed out that what has been achieved is not surprising for a state that directs all its human capacity to serve the pilgrims.
For his part, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmed, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs branch in the Makkah region, and permanent delegate of the Kingdom to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said that the world is following with great interest and appreciation the efforts of the Kingdom since its founding by King Abdul Aziz.” Consul General of France in Jeddah Patrick Nicoloso, on behalf of the European and American countries, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his untiring endeavor in ensuring the safety of pilgrims.
Turkish Consul Fikret Özer, on behalf of the Asian countries, said that “Haj season 1437 AH was remarkable — first thanks to God — and then due to the constructive and continuous guidance of Your Highness and your keenness on the security and safety of the pilgrims.”
On behalf of African nations, Consul General of Senegal Mamdouh Habib said that he “extends his boundless thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the services provided to the pilgrims. Haj season 1437 has seen a great success and Muslims performed their rituals in a faithful atmosphere of security and brotherhood.”
Habib pointed out that the success is due to the studied plans prepared by the leadership in the Kingdom, which had a deep impact in the achievements. The meeting was also attended by consuls of Tunisia, Bahrain, Gambia, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, India, Sudan, Kuwait, and Indonesia.
(Courtesy- Arab News)