Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program to be held on Friday

Updated 15 March 2017
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Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program to be held on Friday

RIYADH: Arrangements are being made to hold a Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program for more than 1,000 community members at the King Fahd Cultural Center on Friday. 
The event is organized by a group comprising 15 Sri Lankan Muslim organizations under the umbrella of the Sri Lankan Embassy, headed by Ambassador Azmi Thassim. 
Thareek Thameem, one of the members of the organizing committee, said the program is open to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their faiths. 
The event which will start at 4:30 p.m., will include a variety show, a book stall, game zone, a blood donation corner, and a documentary film on Sri Lanka to highlight tourism. 
He said the idea of the program is not only to provide entertainment to the members of the community, but also to create an awareness of Muslims and their culture among the islanders.
Arrangements, he said, have been made to cater to all age groups of Sri Lankans and families, who are most welcome to participate in the event.
“We have made arrangements to provide refreshments and dinner for all visitors at the end of the show,” Thameem said. 
Thassim told Arab News that this is the first time such an event has been organized by the Muslim community.
The event is part of the cultural activities of the mission and other communities, who regularly organize similar events. Such events, he said, promote intercommunal amity among Sri Lankans living in the Kingdom.


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”