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 Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

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Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday strongly condemned the targeting of “UN personnel by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen” after cease-fire monitors came under fire.
The attack took place on Thursday in Hodeidah, where a truce agreed in talks in Sweden came into force last month.
The Houthi militia “have violated their signed commitments in Stockholm and continue to flout international law and escalate their aggression against the Yemeni people,” Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Friday.


The UN said one round of small arms fire struck a UN-marked armored vehicle that was part of convoy carrying chief monitor Patrick Cammaert.
The UN monitors arrived in Hodeida — the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imports — on Dec. 23. The UN Security Council this week agreed to expand the force to 75 monitors.