Crown Prince Naif receives hajj security commanders

Crown Prince: I am confident that Saudis take pride in unprecedented success of hajj season

Prince Khalid al-Faisal congratulates Saudi leadership over successful hajj season

Egypt, Muslim scholars praise Saudi Arabia’s services for pilgrims

Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, said international situations have changed and there were expectations that some others would exploit the occasion of Hajj to carry out chaotic deeds, but thanks to Almighty Allah, it did not happen.

The crown prince made this statement while declaring the Hajj an unprecedented success, while stressing that this year’s pilgrimage was a greater success than in the past years.

He was speaking at a reception accorded to the officers of the Hajj security forces at the Interior Ministry headquarters in Makkah.

“The fact is that we should thank all pilgrims because they have proved that they are Muslims respecting their obligatory rituals and they were all cooperative,” the crown prince added.

Prince Naif said the authorities were only concerned in making the Hajj easier and hassle-free for all Muslims.

“We do not look at the country of the pilgrim or to any political issues. We view him as a pilgrim and Muslim, and so we should offer him whatever that makes his Hajj comfortable, safe, healthy and peaceful,” the prince said.

The crown prince also said every citizen should strive to guard the security of the country because there are some who are driven by others to positions that do not suit them and are made to deal in matters that are unlawful and harmful.

Prince Naif received at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior in Makkah the commanders of Hajj Security Forces.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

Prince Naif delivered a speech in which he 'thanked Allah Almighty for the success of Hajj season of this year which might be the best Hajj season.'

'Hajj seasons of last year and the year before were good, but the changing circumstances at international and regional levels made it expected that others might exploit Hajj season to carry out acts of chaos. Thanks to Allah Almighty this does not happen. In fact, we must thank all pilgrims, because they have proven that they are Muslims respecting this duty, and they were cooperative,' Prince Naif said.

'What is important is to ensure that each Muslim from any country performs Hajj rituals in ease and comfort. We do not consider the pilgrim's country nor any political problems, but we consider the pilgrim as a Muslim performing Hajj rituals and he must be provided with all means possible to facilitate his performance of Hajj rituals and to ensure his safety and health,' Prince Naif added.

Prince Naif conveyed the thanks of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the commanders of Hajj Security Forces for their efforts in making this Hajj season a successful one.

At the end of the meeting, the commanders shook hands with the Crown Prince and congratulated him on Eid Al-Adha and the success of Hajj season.

The audience was attended by Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior; and a number of princes and officials.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, Deputy Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, and Chairman of Hajj Central Committee, announced the success of Hajj season for the year 1432AH.

In a press conference, the Prince congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, on the success of this year's Hajj season due to the best services and facilities provided to pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal stressed the success of all government departments in the performance of their duties during this year's Hajj season, pointing in this regard to the safety of Hajj healthily and socially, as well as the success of the traffic plan, which has been an example of precise plans performed by experts in the management of traffic and crowds.

A number of officials from Egyptian Hajj Mission have commended the unprecedented services, capabilities and facilities provided by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for pilgrims to perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.

In press statements, Egyptian Minister of Endowments and the Head of Hajj Mission, Dr. Mohammed Abdulfadhil Al-Qousi, described the organization of Hajj by Saudi concerned authorities as unprecedented.

'This fine organization comes in the face of continual hike in the number of pilgrims,' he said, commending the Kingdom for using modern technology, global high-specification buildings, and sophisticated machineries in the service of pilgrims in one place at the same time.

On his part, First Assistant Minister of Interior of the Republic of Egypt, and Executive President of Hajj Mission, Major General Dr. Salah Hashem, said that the cooperation between the Mission and officials of the Ministry of Hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been continuing for many years for the interests of Egyptian pilgrims, expressing his appreciation for the best services and facilities provided for pilgrims.

In another statement, Egyptian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Mahmoud Oaf hailed the best services provided for pilgrims by Saudi concerned authorities, also commending gigantic projects in the Holy Sites, notably Jamarat Bridge and Masha'er Train.