Saudi Minister Plenipotentiary Charge d'Affaire, Walid Bukhari, on Saturday bid farewell to Lebanese pilgrims bound for Saudi Arabia to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage.
Seeing the pilgrims off at the Rafic Hariri International Airport took place in the presence of the Representative of Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian, Dar al-Fatwa's Administrative Director Sheikh Salah al-Dine Fakhri.
This year's Hajj pilgrimage comes as part of an initiative bearing the slogan "Hajj Peace Message", a rubric receiving a great welcome by the departing pilgrims.
Granting the pilgrims copies of the Koran and white roses, Bukhari wished all pilgrims a blessed pilgrimage and a fulfilled, peaceful religious duty.
Bukhari said bidding farewell to pilgrims at the airport fullifills the Kingdom's message that "Hajj is a message of peace."
Bukhari underlined the Kingdom's relentless, unwavering efforts in providing pilgrims every year with all the needed care and high-quality services that would enable them to perform Hajj in a religious atmosphere full with security, faith, stability and tranquility.
The Saudi envoy said that more than 15,000 visas were granted this year to pilgrims, with 5,500 granted for Lebanese mission pilgrims, 1,500 for Palestinian brethrens, 5,500 for Syrians, and a certain number granted to diplomatic missions accredited to Lebanon.
Bukhari also thanked the National Hajj Committee for all its efforts in this regard and for abiding by the Hajj set criteria.
Source: National News Agency