Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud revealed, on Saturday, that the kingdom had made progress in eradicating terrorism aimed at attacking its holy sites, state news agency SPA reported.
He disclosed this, while receiving foreign dignitaries at a reception he held in Mecca, where more than 2 million pilgrims are performing haj.
Saudi Arabia, which has its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites and organizing the haj, has been hit by bombings in recent years and uncovered plots to carry out attacks in Mecca, with the most recent incident claiming the lives of hundreds of pilgrims in a crush two years ago.
“The limbs of terrorism have sought to harm the holy cities, paying no attention to their sanctity,” King Salman said.
“But the kingdom, by the grace of God and in cooperation with its sisters and friends, has made big successes in eradicating terrorism and has worked decisively and with determination to dry its sources,” he added.
Salman stated that Saudi Arabia had devoted all its material and human resources to ensure the safety of pilgrims who come from all over the world to perform the five-day ritual, a religious duty to be undertaken once in a lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford the journey.
“We are determined, with God’s permission, to continue to provide the highest level of services for the two holy mosques and to ensure the safety of those who seek the sacred house of God,” he said.