Military vows to protect Kingdom

Updated 24 October 2014

Military vows to protect Kingdom

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Wednesday praised the armed forces for defending the country and Islam’s holiest sites in the Kingdom.
Prince Salman made the comments while meeting Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, chief of staff of the Saudi armed forces, Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Fayyad bin Hamid Ruwaili and commanders of the army’s various units, at his office in Riyadh.
During the meeting, Prince Salman thanked the officers for a “successful” Haj under the guidance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Al-Bunyan said soldiers, with the support of King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, would continue to perform their duty to protect the homeland and remain loyal to their leaders.
He said there was high morale among the country’s soldiers.
The meeting was also attended by Assistant Secretary of Defense Mohammed bin Abdullah Ayesh; chief counsel in the office of the minister of defense, Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Rayes; and general manager of the office of the defense minister-designate, Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Issa.

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia


MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.