Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanks minister of hajj

Bahrain hosts exhibition on life, achievements of late Prince Sultan

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques patronizes works to restore Jeddah’s two oldest mosques

Saudi Arabia denounces assault on its embassy in Damascus

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has expressed his thanks to the Minister of Hajj, Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi and the employees of the Ministry of Hajj, for their congratulations on the success of this year's Hajj season.

In a reply cable, the King said, 'We thank Allah Almighty for bestowing on us the service of pilgrims, also praying for crowning all with success in continuing provision of the best services to pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.'

The Ministry of Hajj held an honoring ceremony for heads and members of missions and its guests for the Hajj season of 1432 AH, and for the distribution of the prizes of best journalist works for the Hajj season of 1431 AH. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi.

A number of speakers addressed the ceremony and hailed the Hajj services and facilities provided to the pilgrims by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a speech on the occasion, the Minister of Hajj explained efforts by Kingdom ever since the reign of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud to the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to receive delegations of pilgrims from around the world.

Farsi said that this auspicious occasion comes in the wake of the performance of rituals of Hajj and the overall activities that accompanied it.

He praised the role of scholars, thinkers, writers and journalists in strengthening the unity of the Islamic nation, expressing thanks and appreciation to the employees of the various media for their efforts to cover the Hajj.

Following his speech, the Minister of Hajj distributed the prizes of the best journalist works for the Hajj season of 1431 AH, to the winners.

The Saudi Press Agency won an appreciation award for the press coverage.

Al-Madinah newspaper won the prize of the best press coverage of Hajj.

Those who also won prizes included Mariam Al Jaber of Al-Riyadh newspaper; Mohammed Al-Misbah of Okaz newspaper; Ayed Omran of Al-Hayat newspaper; Hani Agafas of Okaz newspaper; Faten Ibrahim Hussein of Al-Nadwah newspaper; Nawaf Meshaal Sabhan of Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper; Fahd Al-A'adayen of Okaz newspaper; Abdullah Masoud and Mishaal Al-Qadir of Al-Jazeerah newspaper; Mahmoud Hamazani of Al-Youm newspaper; and Adel Ruwais of Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Meanwhile, Bahrain is set to host on November 22 a symposium and an exhibition in homage of the late Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Bahrain Correspondents Club Vice President and member of Saudi Journalists Association Jamal bin Mohammed Al Yaqoot has announced.

The event will be organized at the Diplomat Hotel's Al Fanar Hall by Bahrain Mass Media Correspondents Club under the patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Khalifa, Saudi Shura Council member Hamad Al Qadhi, Dr. Nouria Al Roumi from Kuwait University as well as an elite of intellectuals and poets will take part in the symposium, Al Yaqoot, the general coordinator of the event, added.

Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said the function is an assertion of strong ties binding Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the renovation of Jeddah's oldest two historic mosques at his expense.

The two mosques were Al-Shafie Mosque and Al-Memar Mosque.

Prince Sultan's remarks came after paying a visit to the historic region in Jeddah. He also said that SCTA is currently renovating more than 12 historic sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the aim of preserving architectural heritage.

In Riyadh, an Official Source of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that at about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, a group of demonstrators gathered in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Damascus and threw stones at the Embassy, then they stormed the building, but Syrian forces did not take the required procedures to prevent them, as they tampered with the contents of the Embassy and stayed for a while until Syrian security forces intervened and brought them out of the Embassy.

'As the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly condemns this incident; Syrian authorities should shoulder the responsibility for the security and protection of Saudi interests and employees in Syria under international conventions and treaties,' the official source added.