Saudi to host 200 Haj pilgrims from New Zealand's Christchurch attack
Kingdom to welcome families of those killed and injured by terrorist attack in March
Saudi Arabia will welcome 200 pilgrims of the families of those killed and injured by the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year, according to sister title Arabian Business.
The atrocity in March claimed the lives of 50 people and wounded dozens.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said the 200 pilgrims will be hosted during the Haj season, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency.
It said the move was part of the country’s “efforts to confront and defeat terrorism and terrorists, as well as helping the families of the victims of this abhorrent act which violates all divine teachings and humanitarian values and principles”.
The directive from King Salman was announced by Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abulaziz Al-Asheikh, the minister of Islamic Affairs.
Al-Asheikh added that his ministry was working with the Saudi embassy in New Zealand to ensure the invitees have everything they need to perform Haj during their visit.