Mecca, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz received two of the recently pardoned Saudi Activist; Ali al Dumaini and Matruk al Falih, at his palace in Mecca yesterday. The two received a royal pardon on the 9th of August.
The king also received princes, religious scholars, sheikhs, as well as the people and nobility of Mecca who offered their condolences for the passing of late king Fahd and pledged their allegiances to the Former Crown Prince according to the Koran and the prophet’s tradition.
Ali al Dumaini clarified to Asharq Al-Awsat that they came out of their personal desire to meet king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and thank him for his generous initiative last Tuesday. They also wanted to pledge allegiances to him and wish him success in his bid to further develop and advance the nation. Al Dumaini said, "We thanked king Abdullah and pledged our loyalty in the presence of Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz, and Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mutab Bin Abdulaziz. We were glad that the pillars of government were present and we seized the opportunity to show our loyalty to them and our trust in the ability of king Abdullah to carry on the progression of our country. It was also a chance to assure him that we would stand by him and work for our homeland.”