Al-Toraifi: Promoting culture is Saudi government policy

Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi, right, attends a meeting of Arab culture ministers in Tunis on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 16 December 2016

Al-Toraifi: Promoting culture is Saudi government policy

TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Al-Chahed on Thursday inaugurated a conference of Arab ministers in charge of the cultural affairs at the headquarters of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).
The Saudi delegation at the conference was led by Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi.
In his speech, Al-Toraifi said that the objectives of the meeting and the participation of the Kingdom in the conference and meeting with the ministers come within the framework of the Kingdom's efforts to highlight cultural activities and to focus on the country's humanitarian role in achieving the visions and aspirations of the Arab states and people through culture.
He said the Kingdom's leadership regards culture as an essential element in the working of the government and people. “The government of Saudi Arabia is keen on accomplishing integrative cultural work among Arab countries to contribute to the promotion of thought and knowledge and to spread the spirit of peace and tolerance,” said Al-Toraifi.
He underlined the attention paid in Saudi Vision 2030 to cultural issues through the establishment of an independent authority to promote culture and to achieve the civilized message of the Kingdom, which includes working on new tracks that will make Saudi Arabia take its rightful place on the international stage with its legacy of religious, cultural, heritage and archaeological assets, as well as humane and other capabilities.
The minister detailed the efforts made by the Kingdom during its chairing of the 19th session of the conference, where the main theme was the “Arabic Language as a Platform for Cultural and Human Integration.” During this period, he said Saudi Arabia worked closely with institutions and individuals to establish cultural ties and enhance the presence of the Arabic language in various parts of the world as a civilized face of the Arab region and as a refined language that carries many meanings.
Al-Toraifi emphasized th fact that Arab cultural rapprochement builds bridges between individuals and peoples of Arab communities in terms of their ideas, goals and culture.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019

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.