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Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his palace the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of Scholarly Research and Ifta Department Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh; and a number of Ulema, sheikhs, ministers, senior officials and dignitaries, who came to greet the Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and congratulate him on his safe arrival.

The audience was attended by Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Province; Prince Dr. Misha'al bin Abdullah bin Musaed, Special Advisor to the Crown Prince; and Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Secretary General of National Security Council for Security and Intelligence Affairs.

Prince Sultan also received at his palace Chief of the General Staff Gen. Saleh Al-Mahya and senior commanders and officers of the armed forces, who came to greet the Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and congratulate him on his safe arrival.

The audience was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Province; Prince Dr. Misha'al bin Abdullah bin Musaed, Special Advisor to the Crown Prince; Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Secretary General of National Security Council for Security and Intelligence Affairs; and a number of senior officials.

Meanwhile, Prince Sultan signed the two contracts of the first stage of a project to develop the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, which is designed to accommodate 30 million passengers annually, at his residence in the Moroccan city of Agadir.

The contracts, of a value of 27.111 billion Saudi rials, were won by the Saudi Binladen Group after several specialized companies vied for the project that is expected to take 36 months.

Saudi Binladin Group will build a new terminal and infrastructure at Jeddah international airport, the Saudi airports authority announced last week.

The project, to be completed over 36 months, will expand the capacity of the King Abdulaziz International Airport to 30 million passengers per year from the current traffic of 17 million passengers, the General Authority on Civil Aviation said in a statement.

The contract for the deal was signed by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the country's defense and aviation minister, in Agadir, Morocco, the statement said.

In the three-year project Binladin, the country's largest builder, will construct a single 670,000-square-metre (more than seven million square feet) terminal with 94 aircraft bays to replace the two ageing facilities currently handling airport traffic.

It will also build what the statement called the world's tallest airport control tower at 133 meters (436 feet), and infrastructure linking the terminal with roads and the planned high-speed railway that will join Jeddah with Mecca and Medina.

On the other hand, Speaker of Saudi Majlis Al-Shura, Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Asheikh led the Saudi delegation to the 4th session of speakers and heads of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Shura, National and Representatives Councils (Parliaments) concluded last week.

The meeting lauded the outcome of the participation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada and his speech at the meeting, which was full of wisdom, insight, keenness and balanced outlook for a more shinning world for all countries and communities.

They extended congratulations to the King for the prominent success of this year's Hajj performance, thanked the Kingdom's exerted efforts in order to develop and expand holy rites, and highlighted services and facilities it offers to make it easier and safe for pilgrims to perform the 5th holy ritual in Islam.

The final session expressed appreciation and comfort for the co-visit of the King and the Syrian President to Lebanon and its consequences that led to rapprochement in points of view between Syria and Lebanon.