KSA to fund $ 100 m Kabul Islamic center

Updated 30 October 2012
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KSA to fund $ 100 m Kabul Islamic center

Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic center complete with a university and a mosque in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister said yesterday, describing the project as “grand and unique.”
Estimated to cost up to $100 million, the center on a hilltop in central Kabul will house up to 5,000 students, Dayi-Ul Haq Abed, the acting Haj and religious affairs minister told AFP.
It will be named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the minister added. “The agreement was signed last week in Jeddah. The construction will start next year, in a couple of months or so,” Abed said.
The mosque, similar to the Faisal Mosque in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad that was also built by Saudi Arabia in 1980s, will hold 15,000 worshippers at a time.
The minister said the center would be jointly run by the Saudi and Afghan ministries of religious affairs. Other universities in Afghanistan are run by the Higher Education Ministry.


Saudi crown prince reassured of Palestinian president’s health

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the Palestinian leader. (SPA)
Updated 17 min 35 sec ago
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Saudi crown prince reassured of Palestinian president’s health

  • Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was reassured of the health of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after calling the leader, the Saudi Press Agency reported early on Wednesday.
Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week.
A Palestinian official in Ramallah said Abbas went back into hospital again later on Sunday because his temperature was high “so doctors advised that he go back into hospital.”
Prince Mohammed attended the Saudi Cabinet session late on Tuesday in which King Salman briefed the government on the contents of his call with the Palestinian leader.