King: Military role in Haj operation pivotal

A Saudi security official pours water on the head of a pilgrim to help him stay cool in the heat in Mina.

A Saudi security official pours water on the head of a pilgrim to help him stay cool in the heat in Mina.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has underscored the great services being offered by the Kingdom’s military and security forces to the guests of God.

“Serving pilgrims is a big responsibility,” the king said in a speech, which was read out by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, during a reception here Saturday.

King Abdullah said Saudi armed forces have proved their capabilities in organizing this mammoth annual gathering in the best possible way “showing their dedication and spirit of responsibility.”

Addressing commanders of the armed forces, the king said: “You have represented Saudi Arabia in the best manner in front of the millions of pilgrims who have come from different parts of the world.”

He also praised the armed forces for defending the Kingdom against enemies who try to undermine its security and stability. He remembered the services of those officers who fell martyr while battling with militants and terrorists. The king extended his Eid Al-Adha greetings to all armed forces personnel.

 
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