King Salman Orders Hosting of 200 Hajj Pilgrims of Relatives of New Zealand Terror Attack Victims
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered on Tuesday the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims of the relatives of the victims of the New Zealand terrorist attack.
The gesture is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah which is annually implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, who is also the Program's General Supervisor, said King Salman’s generous initiative is part of Saudi Arabia’s effort to confront terrorism and its perpetrators.
It also is part of its efforts to ease the suffering of the relatives of the victims, he added, slamming the Christchurch attack that violates all religious teachings and humanitarian values.
Sheikh said Saudi Arabia will cover the travel expenses of the pilgrims and provide them with all possible services.
In March, 51 people were killed and dozens injured when a suspected white supremacist Australian man opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch.