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Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad al-Awwad. SPA

Jeddah- Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad al-Awwad stressed that the success of this year’s Hajj season has disappointed the attempts to spoil the fifth pillar of Islam.

Awwad reiterated his country’s rejection for calls to politicize Hajj and imposition of this religious ritual to serve tendentious political goals.

This came during the annual ceremony honoring media and cultural delegations participating in covering Hajj on Monday, with the participation of 300 figures from 64 different countries.

He stressed that the Kingdom strives to unite ranks and achieve security and peace in various parts of the globe and to fight terrorism that targets Islam and works to distort its image.

“The Kingdom has the honor to serve the two Holy Mosques and make use of all its material and human resources to care for pilgrims and look forward every year to achieving the best level and providing the best services that help pilgrims perform their rituals easily,” Awwad said.

“Since the time of the founder late King Abdulaziz and until today in the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Kingdom has been playing a great role in the service of the Two Holy Mosques and has implemented mega projects in the two holy mosques and the holy places,” Awwad added.

The Minister of Culture and Information also conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince to the delegations.

Then, other speakers, representing Arab, Asian, European and African delegations, delivered speeches in which they expressed thanks for the generous invitation and the hosting of media delegations participating in the coverage of the Hajj season this year.

They congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince on the success of organizing the Hajj this year, pointing out that it was a special season.

They highlighted the role of the Kingdom, the services it has provided and the projects carried out in the two holy mosques and the holy places, which had a great impact on enabling pilgrims to perform their rituals.

They appreciated the distinguished role of the Saudi government and its various institutions in caring for Muslims affairs and interests around the world in addition to its main role in combating terrorism and maintaining the stability and security of the region.

The guests of the Ministry of Culture and Information sent a cable of appreciation to King Salman, stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represents the heart of the Islamic world, senses hopes and pains of Muslims everywhere and strives to achieve unity, cooperation and solidarity in the Islamic world to achieve security and peace in the whole world.

They also stressed that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has overcome all odds and obstacles and made Hajj services a top priority and put forward fruitful plans to ensure the security of the pilgrims.