Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Lebanon, Waleed Bukhari, on Thursday, bid farewell to pilgrims bound for Saudi Arabia to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage.
Seeing the pilgrims off at Rafic Hariri International Airport took place in the presence of the Representative of Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian, Islamic Awqaf Director General Sheikh Mohammed Anis Al-Arwadi, on top of a delegation from Dar Al-Fatwa.
Ambassador Bukhari and Mufti of the Republic's Representative presented the pilgrims with copies of the Koran and white roses, wishing them a blessed pilgrimage and a fulfilled, peaceful religious duty.
In his delivered word, Ambassador Bukhari underlined the Kingdom's relentless, unwavering efforts, under the leadership and guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to provide pilgrims with all the needed care and high-quality services that would enable them to perform Hajj in an atmosphere of faith and tranquility.
Bukhari pointed out that this year, Saudi Arabia's diplomatic and consular missions across the world launched the 'electronic visas', as part of the packages and initiatives for the 20/20 program that achieves the Kingdom's vision 20/30, aimed at providing best services and facilitation to all 'guests of Rahman' in accordance with the vision and guidance of the Saudi leadership.
The Saudi envoy said that the Embassy has issued up till this morning 20 thousand Hajj visas to Saudi Arabia, of which 10 thousand were allocated to Lebanese citizens, 1500 to Palestinian brethrens, and 6000 to Syrian brethrens.
"Hajj visas to Saudi Arabia have reached 20 thousand, up till this morning, of which 10 thousand were allocated to Lebanese citizens," Bukhari maintained.
The Saudi Ambassador said bidding farewell to pilgrims underlines the Kingdom's role and call that "Hajj is a message of peace."
Bukhari also stressed that Saudi Arabia shall not allow for any political, sectarian or confessional slogans during the Hajj pilgrimage out of respect for the spirituality and solemnity of this sacred duty.
"Hajj pilgrimage in its high spirituality transcends the considerations of culture and race. Hajj is a message of peace.. Thus, Saudi Arabia will not allow any political slogans out of respect for the holiness and spirituality of this duty," Bukhari corroborated.
On the other hand, Bukhari noted, "The number of Saudi vacationers after lifting the travel ban to Lebanon has reached 55 thousand."
On the facilities provided by the Beirut Airport to pilgrims, Bukhari said "additional services were introduced," thanking Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Airport officials for these services.
Source: National News Agency