German parliamentary team visits key Saudi institutions

Claudia Roth. (AFP file photo)
Updated 02 November 2016

German parliamentary team visits key Saudi institutions

RIYADH: Vice President of the German Parliament Claudia Roth held talks with Mohammed Al-Jiffri, Shoura Council vice president, and other Shoura members during her three-day visit to the Kingdom from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.
Roth and her delegation were in Jeddah where visits to the King Abdallah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) and to the King Abdallah Economic City (KAEC) were on the program. “The visit underlined once again the excellent quality of the bilateral relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Ohnmacht, German Embassy spokesperson.
He added: “We are witnessing a period of intensified exchange and visits between the parliamentarians of the two countries,” Ohnmacht said, adding that next week a Shoura delegation will also visit Germany.
Leading a delegation which included MP Matthias Zimmer from the Christian Democratic Party, Roth also met with Ahmad Omar Al-Zailai, president of the German-Saudi Friendship Group of the Shoura Council.
Ohnmacht added that the program also included visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Planning, the High Commission of Entertainment and various organizations. “These organizations included the National Society of Human Rights, the National Dialogue Center, the Human Rights Commission, among others,” the spokesman said.
He added that Roth “takes a special interest in the situation of women in Saudi Arabia and had talks with representatives of the Al-Nahda Charitable Society."
“She also had a meeting with businesswomen at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) where there were lively discussions about the recent achievements and future challenges,” he said.
He added that “at the Princess Nourah University, the largest women’s university in the world, she met with students and academics, and could visit the very modern pediatric and maternity hospital which is scheduled to open soon.”
Her visit in the Saudi capital was concluded by the opening of the Goethe Institute (GI) in Umm Al Hammam.
During the ceremony, Roth encouraged more Saudis to take advantage of the German language classes offered by the Goethe Institute, and expressed her hopes that it will act as a bridge-builder between the cultures and societies of the two countries.
The ceremony was attended by German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller and Goethe Institute Vice Secretary General Bruno Grosf.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.