Kingdom slams ISIS as destructive terror group

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Updated 21 June 2014
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Kingdom slams ISIS as destructive terror group

Saudi Arabia has dismissed accusations from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki that it supports terrorist groups in Iraq as "ludicrous."
Addressing a press conference in Jeddah at the end of the 41st session of the Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal took a dig at Al-Maliki. “Those allegations are not from Iraq but Al-Maliki,” he said.
He blamed Al-Maliki’s sectarian policies for the crisis in Iraq.
“We have unequivocally condemned the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) as a terrorist group,” said Prince Saud. “ISIS does not represent the will of the Iraqi people.”
Responding to a question from Arab News that some people see the events in Iraq as a people’s revolution, he said: “We don’t see ISIS as revolutionaries. They found the space to operate in Iraq because of the policies of the (Al-Maliki) government that divided Iraqis, treated them unequally, subjugated and terrorized them.”
Prince Saud said the Iraqi prime minister indulged in politics of vengeance and behaved in a dictatorial way by consolidating power in his office. “This is what led to the presumption that this is a people’s revolt,” he said.
Al-Maliki’s politics of hate “led to the breaking of the will of the security forces in meeting the challenge of the terrorists,” he said. “ISIS is a terror organization. It is not a savior, but a destroyer of Iraq,” said Prince Saud. He said the Kingdom was "opposed to all militias" from whatever sect.
He said no one has suffered more than Saudi Arabia from terrorism. “We fought a successful battle against them,” he said. “Therefore, those allegations (from Al-Maliki) are ludicrous,” he said.
The final declaration of the OIC meeting on Thursday did not specifically mention Iraq, but called on all Islamic countries to unite against sectarian politics. “(These) exclusionary sectarian policies have led to the emergence of sedition pervading the political arena and creating chaos,” the declaration stated. “They (have) endangered peace, stability and the sovereignty of many states and are not easy to overcome.”
The OIC called on member states to not discriminate between various factions on ethnic or other grounds.
The OIC rejected the presidential elections in Syria. “They contravene the Geneva Communiqué which called for the establishment of a transitional governing body to supervise constitutional reforms, leading to free and fair elections to revive the political process and involve all Syrian parties,” the final declaration stated.
The OIC stated that the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.


KSRelief steps up humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

KSrelief field teams periodically carry out inspections to follow up on the center’s projects in various countries.
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KSRelief steps up humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

  • KSRelief donated $300,000 to the hospital for the equipment
  • The plight of Rohingya Muslims is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, with more than 705,000 risking death to leave by sea or on foot since August 2017

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) has increased humanitarian efforts providing food and medical assistance to the victims of human rights abuses in Myanmar.
Azzam Obaid, a media adviser at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh, told Arab News on Monday that KSRelief distributed food baskets to needy families in the villages of Arakan province in Myanmar.
Rohingya Muslims, representing the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, live in Rakhine state.
The food basket distribution comes within the framework of humanitarian projects carried out by KSRelief for distressed people in a number of countries including Myanmar.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Moallem, director for health and environment aid at KSRelief, told Arab News that a medical team from the center visited Myanmar and assessed the requirements of the hospital in Yangon, which provides medical services to all in need.
“A specialized medical team by the order of King Salman traveled to Myanmar to provide medical assistance, mainly equipment to the Islamic charity hospital,” said Al-Moallem, adding that the team visited to see the reality on the ground, interact with staff and return an assessment.
KSRelief donated $300,000 to the hospital for the equipment.
The medical team’s visit was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Saudi Embassy in Myanmar. KSrelief field teams periodically carry out inspections to follow up on the center’s projects in various beneficiary countries around the world.
The plight of Rohingya Muslims is said to be the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, with more than 705,000 risking death to leave by sea or on foot since August 2017. They are fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh after the destruction of their homes.
The UN described the offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”