Indian VP honors envoy for excellence in foreign service

Updated 08 March 2014
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Indian VP honors envoy for excellence in foreign service

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari presented the 3rd S. K. Singh award for excellence in Indian Foreign Service to Sibi George, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of India in Riyadh.
Surinder Bhagat, embassy spokesperson, told Arab News on Friday that George was given the award for excellence in foreign services at a function in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
The vice president congratulated George for the outstanding services he rendered to Indian compatriots in the Kingdom.
Ansari himself had served as the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia before his elevation to the post of vice-president.
The award is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Governor Shailendra Kumar Singh, a diplomat widely respected within the IFS community for his acumen, professionalism and leadership.
S. K. Singh memorial trust led by Manju Singhi has instituted this award to recognize exceptional work in the field of diplomacy.
George, the 1993 batch IFS officer has been recognized for rendering outstanding services to the Indian community during Saudi campaign on illegal expatriates. His achievements attain more importance given the difficult situation during the grace period.
Expressing his happiness over the recognition, George told Arab News over the telephone, “While this award acknowledges the good work by the recipient, it is also meant to inspire others to excel in the line of duty.”
Senior Indian diplomat D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, a key member of the negotiating team that saw the Indo-US nuclear deal through, was the first recipient of the award “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen India’s position in the global nuclear order”.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.