KAICIID, UN Office on Genocide Prevention sign MoU

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UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention Adama Dieng visits the KAICIID office in New York to discuss a way forward in implementing Fez Process Action Plan. (Twitter photo)
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KAICIID Director General Fahad Abualnasr and senior staff welcome the UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention, Adama Dieng, to the center's headquarters in New York. (Twitter photo)
Updated 23 July 2017
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KAICIID, UN Office on Genocide Prevention sign MoU

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) and the UN Office on Genocide Prevention have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support religious institutions in enhancing global peace and coexistence, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, and the special adviser to the UN secretary-general on genocide prevention, Adama Dieng, signed the MoU in New York.
The partnership aims to combat violence and hatred, minimize exploitation of religion to justify crimes, and promote coexistence and understanding.
The two organizations have agreed to organize international conferences and meetings.
They will also conduct research and studies on situations in targeted areas, in a bid to develop plans to strengthen peace and dialogue in accordance with international best practices.
Bin Muammar welcomed the deal, and said religious leaders and institutions have an essential role in dealing with racism, extremism and sectarianism, as they have often put an end to conflicts and supported tolerance.
He said the partnership’s success will come via activation of the role of religious institutions.
Dieng said KAICIID has supported the UN Office on Genocide Prevention for more than two years.
“The memorandum will strengthen this partnership and enhance our goal to curb crimes against humanity worldwide,” he added.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.