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February 12, 2003

Guest pilgrims thank Fahd

Such good friends! Saudis invite relatives of "martyrs" for visit as part of Mecca pilgrimage, according to this article, found through opinion journal.
JEDDAH, 11 February 2003 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd is hosting a large number of pilgrims from different parts of the world, including 1,000 relatives of Palestinian martyrs, to perform Haj this year.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs takes care of 1,400 royal guests from 28 countries while the Muslim World League (MWL) looks after 300 guest pilgrims. The World Assembly of Muslim Youth is in charge of 320 guests from 32 countries in Europe and the Americas.

Palestinian Ambassador Mustafa Deeb said King Fahd had ordered special Saudi Arabian Airlines flights to carry the Palestinian pilgrims from the airports in Amman, Areesh and Cairo to Jeddah.

Ambassador Deeb thanked King King Fahd on behalf of President Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority for the noble gesture. [more]