King’s Brunei visit will boost ties: Ambassador

King Salman and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. (SPA)
Updated 05 March 2017
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King’s Brunei visit will boost ties: Ambassador

BRUNEI: The Saudi ambassador to Brunei, Hisham bin Abdul Aziz, said the visit of King Salman will strengthen bilateral relations, particularly due to the Kingdom’s religious, political and economic importance. Saudi Arabia’s solid relations with the countries of the world help maintain peace and stability.
The ambassador said the world is watching the outcome of King Salman’s Asia tour. He said the visit to Brunei is the first ever by a Saudi monarch since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992.
The envoy said the visit shows the Saudi leadership’s keenness to focus on friendly states, with which it intends to enhance cooperation for mutual benefit.
He added that the sultanate is strategically located, is a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and is an influential and stable member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Its status makes Brunei important to Saudi Arabia, especially regarding attracting investments and supporting the Kingdom’s partnership with ASEAN, which will contribute to achieving Vision 2030.
The ambassador said the leaderships of the two countries have similar views and visions, particularly on issues such as maintaining international security, stability and prosperity, rejecting extremism and fighting terrorism.


Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir says terrorism has ‘no religion or race’ in wake of Christchurch attack

Updated 14 min 19 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir says terrorism has ‘no religion or race’ in wake of Christchurch attack

  • Al-Jubeir says world stands united in solidarity with Muslims
  • Praised NZ's prime minister, government and people for the response to attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday that the world stands united in solidarity with Muslims after the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, which killed 50 people.

Taking to Twitter, Al-Jubeir also said that the incident proved that terrorism had "no religion or race."

He added: "New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and open country for all, and what the prime minister, the government and the people of New Zealand have done is proof of that."

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His statements follow condemnation of the attacks by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king was praised for his “strong and firm” response to Friday’s terrorist attack by Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Dr. Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.”