1996 News Story

King Hussein performs umrah

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, accompanied by Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, yesterday evening called on King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan who was on a one-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The two sides discussed bilateral relations, reviewing the latest Arab, Islamic and international developments. Prince Abdullah later hosted a banquet in honor of the Jordanian monarch, who then flew to Madinah to pray at the Prophet's Mosque before returning to Jordan. Earlier yesterday, King Hussein performed the minor pilgrimage of Umrah at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

Before leaving his country for Saudi Arabia, King Hussein had described the relations of the two nations as good and natural, and expressed the hope that his visit would help realize their common interests. He applauded the pioneering role undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, and emphasized the strong brotherly ties that historically link Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

For his part, Jordanian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Abdulkarim Al-Kabariti, who accompanied King Hussein on his Umrah visit, said that the fraternal and concrete ties between the two countries were based on mutual understanding and coordination with the aim of serving their best interests and those of all Arab and Islamic nations. He referred to the leading role undertaken internationally by the Kingdom to defend Arab and Islamic issues, saying that the entire world appreciates the steadfast and constructive position of the Saudi leadership. Prime Minister Al-Kabariti gave assurances that his new government is determined to give top priority to promoting bilateral ties with the Kingdom.