Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is to launch an iftar program in 34 countries during the holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The program aims to provide iftar meals for Muslims during Ramadan, which starts on April 2 and is expected to benefit nearly 1.2 million people.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has made all the necessary arrangements for the program to reach all continents, depending on the need and requests, in coordination with Saudi embassies and the ministry's Islamic centres.
Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance, highlighted the leadership's support for establishing such charitable projects that serve Islam and Muslims during the holy month, saying the program will be implemented as per the regulations in beneficiary countries.
Last year, due to preventive measures and health protocols regarding COVID-19, the Kingdom was only able to facilitate 16 countries with its iftar program. Saudi Arabia will continue to adopt preventive measures in beneficiary countries this year.
In a major boost for Muslims, especially the foreigners, planning Umrah in Ramadan 2022, Saudi Arabia has also lifted all Covid related restrictions on foreign travellers, including mandatory vaccination.
"After 2 years, all travel-related restrictions on Umrah/ Ziyarah due to the Pandemic have been lifted", Haramain Sharifain, official Handle of the News Publication Haramain Sharifain, said in a message posted on Twitter.