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More than 2.5 Million Intending to Perform Umrah Arrive, over 3 Million Visas Issued

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Riyadh, Umrah weekly-monitoring indicator recorded arrival of more than 2.5 million people intending to perform the rituals of Umrah.On the other hand, the indicator put the number of visas issued at more than 3 million.The newly launched indicator, run by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, at the beginning of the new Hijri Year, is based on four main factors: the number of visas issued, the total of arrivals, the number of Umrah performers and visitors in Makkah and Madinah in addition to the number of those who departed the Kingdom following performing Umrah.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Mikdad: Cooperation between Syria and ICRC fruitful in humanitarian field

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Damascus, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad, received on Wednesday Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria Philip Spoerri, who succeeded Marianne Gasser.Mikdad expressed Syria's appreciation for the efforts exerted by the former head of ICRC in Syria, Gasser, during eight-year-work in the country, pointing out that the ties of cooperation between Syria and ICRC are deep and vital.He affirmed Syria's readiness to continue fruitful cooperation with ICRC and develop it in all fields in order to provide the Syrians with the largest possible help in line with Syria's respect for the ICRC and the latter's commitment to its neutrality and its humanitarian noble objectives.For his part, Spoerri expressed appreciation for the cooperation between Sy...

Sabbagh: Russian-Syrian relations have remarkably developed on all levels

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Damascus, Speaker of the people's Assembly Hammoudah Sabbagh on Wednesday described relations between Syria and Russia as friendly and deeply-rooted which have remarkably witnessed development on all levels.Sabbagh, meeting a Russian parliamentary delegation, headed by Dmitry Sablin, hoped that ties between the legislative institutions in Syria and Russia would deepen and mutual visits would increase in the interests of both peoples.Sablin, for his part, appreciated the continued meetings and visits between delegations of the two countries.During our visit to Syria, we have touched an improvement in the situation in the country.. most importantly, the victory of the Syrian army in its fight against terrorism, sablin said in a press statement.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Russian source: Terrorists preparing for new chemical attacks in Syria

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Moscow, A Russian source said that terrorist organizations are preparing to carry out new attacks using chemical weapons and toxic materials against civilians and army units in Idleb.Interfax news agency on Tuesday quoted the source as saying that terrorists are preparing a new chemical attack in Ma'aret al-Nu'man area in Idleb province, and they are storing toxic chemicals in several warehouses in Idleb province and the far northern countryside of Lattakia.The source said that the terror organizations of Ajnad al-Caucasus and Jaish al-Izza and Turkistani Party are preparing for a series of synchronized attacks with chemical weapons in the provinces of Lattakia, Idleb, Aleppo, and Hama, using shells and mines loaded with toxic materials as well as drones.The source said the terrorists have...

Over 15,000 industrial facilities in service in Aleppo

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Aleppo, The number of industrial and handicrafts facilities in service in Aleppo province increased to 15,197 facilities during 2018.Speaking to SANA, Director of Aleppo Industry Department Khalaf Shawakh said that during 2018, 129 textiles industry projects have been licensed with a cost estimated at SYP 3.687 billion, in addition to 32 food industries projects with a cost of SYP 589 million, and 39 engineering industries projects with a cost of SYP 505 million.Shawakh added the number of the licensed projects for chemical industries reached 66 projects at a value of SYP 1.814 billion during 2018.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Meets US Official

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Beirut, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari met here today with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who was accompanied by US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.During the meeting, they reviewed the current political developments at the regional and international arenas, and the bilateral relations between the two countries.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Bassil: We only know February 6, 2006, so that unity alone prevails among the Lebanese

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Free Patriotic Movement Chief, Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, likened his Movement to the Lebanese Army in its "devotion to Lebanon."Speaking at the end of a closed meeting by the Movement at Mont La Salle this afternoon, Bassil said, "We only know February 6 in Mar Mikhael, and we do know the other February 6, for we were not involved...We held the February 6 Understanding so that there would only be unity and affinity between the Lebanese.""There are many who wish to harm us [FPM], but the stronger the attack, the more powerful we are," Bassil went on."As for those Party members who worked against the FPM during the parliamentary elections, their termination decisions have begun," Bassil disclosed. He continued to address "those who hold grudges for failing to achieve parliame...

Media Minister Receives Telephone Call from His Pakistani Counterpart

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Riyadh, Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah received today a telephone call from Pakistani Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry.During the conversation, Minister Fawad Chaudhry congratulated Minister Al-Shabanah on assuming charge of his office.He also said that his country looks forward to strengthening bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, including the creation of new opportunities for cooperation in the fields of media and culture.For his part, Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah expressed his good wishes to the Pakistani Minister for Information.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Al-Falih, 2 Pakistani Ministers Discuss Ways to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation, in the Field of Energy, Industry, Mining

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Gwadar, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, currently on a visit to Pakistan, paid a visit to the seaport of Gwadar and discussed means to put the final arrangements, for a co-signing of bilateral memoranda of cooperation, understanding and investment, in the fields of refining, petrochemicals, mining and renewable energy, with Ghulam Surur Khan, Minister of Petroleum and Ali Zaidi, Minister of the Seaports.The visit aims to strengthen Saudi-Pakistani relations and to review plans and possibilities available, at Gwadar port, and means to increase exports between the two brotherly countries and incentives for the private sectors, in the two countries, to, reciprocally, invest in both of them.Source: Saudi Press Agency

2.3 million Intending to Perform Umrah Arrive, over 2.7 Visas Issued

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Makkah, Umrah weekly-monitoring indicator recorded arrival of 2.3 million people intending to perform the ritual of Umrah, or the minor pilgrimage.On the other hand, the indicator put the number of visas issued at more than 2.7 million.The newly launched indicator, run by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, at the beginning of the new Hijri Year, is based on four main factors: the number of visas issued, the total of arrivals, their number of Umrah performers and visitors, in Makkah and Madinah and the number of those who departed the Kingdom, following performing Umrah.Source: Saudi Press Agency