By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a farewell meeting with the first convoy of Afghan pilgrims departing to Saudi Arabia said the auspicious visit and its happy moments would be remembered forever.
In a ceremony held Wednesday evening at Hamid Karzai International Airport, first acting minister of hajj and Islamic affairs Mawlavi Abdul Hakim Munib spoke and praised the country’s President for his special attention to Afghanistan pilgrims, saying that this year all necessary facilitations have been provided to Afghan pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia for performing hajj.
“340 Afghan pilgrims will depart to Saudi Arabia in the first flight,” Munib said, adding that experienced and professional individuals have been appointed and dispatched already to Saudi Arabia to better serve and provide necessary facilitations to Afghan pilgrims.
Representing other pilgrims, Haji Asmatullah spoke and thanked the country’s President for creating lots of facilitations to Afghan pilgrims and his achievements in various fields, adding that due to instructions of President Ghani and steps of relevant officials of the government, attention and facilitations are increasing for Afghan pilgrims by passing each year.
Afterwards, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke and asked the Afghan pilgrims to pray during the ceremony of hajj in particular in Maqam-e-Ibrahim to the souls of the country’s martyrs, urgent recovery of injured, maintaining peace and stability, national unity and development of Afghanistan as well as ending the ongoing war in the country.
Addressing to Afghan pilgrims, President Ghani said that it was our religious and national duty to provide all necessary facilitations to you, hoping that you would perform the hajj ritual without any problems.