‘Ramadan is of great importance to Sri Lanka’

Updated 30 July 2013
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‘Ramadan is of great importance to Sri Lanka’

Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy hosted an iftar gathering at the embassy premises on Saturday in a show of religious tolerance.
Krishnamoorthy said that the month of fasting brings people closer to one another and is a form of personal sacrifice.
Speaking at the inter-community iftar party, Krishnamoorthy said, “The noble values of reconciliation and peace, which are at the heart of the Islamic tradition, need to be shared and celebrated. I am very happy to continue the tradition of hosting an iftar in the embassy to share our sense of unity and religious harmony with our friends and families.
“Ramadan is of great importance to us in Sri Lanka. The Muslim community in Sri Lanka and all other communities strive to reinforce their efforts toward working for peace and harmony in this holy time of the year.”
The ambassador said, “I have seen the spirit of Ramadan in my embassy staff who work very hard and sacrifice time with their families to help in the legalization process of illegal workers in the Kingdom.”
He also took the occasion to remind community members to take advantage of the amnesty extension provided by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to rectify their status.
In his sermon, Abdullah Al-Masari, imam of the local Sheikh Khalid Al-Ruki Mosque, said, “Ramadan is a month of forgiveness and blessings from God Almighty; Muslims should not miss this great opportunity to absolve their sins and extend a helping hand to less fortunate in the community.”
Some 300 men, women and children from the Sri Lankan community and embassy officials and their family members attended the cross-section iftar gathering, which began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and sermons on Islamic values.
The Sri Lankan business community in the Kingdom also attended the iftar.
Islam in Sri Lanka is practiced by a minority group, constituing 9.72 percent of the population of Sri Lanka as per the census of 2012.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.