KAICIID chief lauds King Salman’s efforts against terror, extremism

KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar addresses at the 30th International Summit on Religion in Kyoto, Japan on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 06 August 2017
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KAICIID chief lauds King Salman’s efforts against terror, extremism

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, on Saturday lauded King Salman’s efforts in establishing global centers against extremism and terrorism.
“The lack of coordination in the combat of terrorism has fueled the rise of extremists, who brought many areas in the world into violent conflict in the name of religion and politics,” bin Muammar said while attending the 30th International Summit on Religion in Kyoto, Japan.
In his speech titled “The role of clergymen and religious institutions in supporting policymakers to combat extremism and terrorism,” he said dialogue and understanding are key to building knowledge and trust between religions and cultures.
He stressed the need to support individuals, institutions and clergymen to reinforce efforts against terrorism and hatred.
All religions are based on mercy, forgiveness and respect of the other, said bin Muammar, who stressed the need to find comprehensive and sustainable solutions.
He gave a presentation on the activities of KAICIID, an international organization established by Saudi Arabia in 2012 with participation from Austria, Spain, the Vatican, and a board of nine religious leaders representing the world’s major faiths and cultures.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.