Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday said that the kingdom has made progress in eliminating terrorism aimed at attacking its holy sites. He was addressing dignitaries attending the yearly Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia, which stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites and organising the Haj, has been hit by bombings in recent years and uncovered plots to carry out attacks in Mecca.
At a reception in Mecca, King Salman said “The limbs of terrorism have sought to harm the holy cities, paying no attention to their sanctity, but the kingdom, by the grace of God and in cooperation with its brothers and friends, has made big successes in eradicating terrorism and has worked decisively and with determination to dry its sources”.
In recent times, the Haj pilgrimage has frequently been hit by stampedes and fires. In the most recent incident, hundreds of pilgrims have died in a crush two years ago.