King holds annual reception for Islamic officials and heads of Hajj missions

October 28, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held the annual reception ceremony for Islamic officials and heads of Hajj missions at the Royal Court at Mina Palace yesterday. The ceremony was attended by Malaysian King Motassem Billah Moheb-Eddin Tuango Al-Hajj Abdulhalim; Guinean President Alpha Conde; Indonesian Vice President Dr. Bodiono; Iraqi Vice President Tareq Al-Hashemi; Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf; and Djiboutian Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita.

King Abdullah delivered a speech in which he congratulated the guests on the advent of Eid Al-Adha and wished them a successful Hajj pilgrimage. He stressed the importance of achieving unity between Muslims, saying, “The dialogue of the Islamic nation with itself is a religious duty, as fragmentation, ignorance, and extremism are obstacles threatening Muslims’ hopes. Dialogue promotes moderation and eliminates the causes of conflicts and extremism.”

King Abdullah noted that the establishment of a Center of Dialogue Between Islamic Sects in Makkah has been announced. The purpose of the Center, he explained, is not necessarily “agreement on the issues of religion, but it aims to reach solutions for dissention and the achievement of coexistence between sects.” Such dialogue, he insisted, “will be for the benefit of our Islamic nation and the unification of its ranks.”

The event also included Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz; Prince Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud; Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz; Advisor to the King Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz; Interior Minister Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer; Special Envoy of the King Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz; and a number of other princes, scholars, ministers, and senior officials and ambassadors of Arab and Islamic countries.