Saudi media office to open in Moscow

Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad
Updated 08 October 2017
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Saudi media office to open in Moscow

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia is to open a new media office in Moscow in the wake of King Salman’s visit to Russia.
The office will promote communication and cultural exchange between the two countries and strengthen Saudi-Russian relations and dialogue, said Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad.
“The media office will promote community participation, put forward many academic discussions, expand research fields, encourage cooperation in the music domain and present cultural samples such as art galleries and patterns of inter-community interaction, in addition to promoting media and cultural exchange programs and communicating with other cultures and research centers in the host country,” he said.
The media office will be bilingual, and will act as a global bridge for the Arabic language and, at the same time, communicate with the audience in the host country’s language. It will open in January 2018.
The ministry has launched several new initiatives in the areas of new media and social networking, among the most important means of modern communication.


Muslim World League joins Moroccan league in fight against extremism

MWL Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa with Ahmed Al-Abadi, secretary-general of Mohammadian League of Scholars. SPA
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Muslim World League joins Moroccan league in fight against extremism

  • Cultural communication generates understanding among nations
  • The conference discussed interventions on deconstructing the extremist discourse

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has joined Morocco’s Mohammadian League of Scholars in a joint program to encourage enlightened Islamic speech and combat extremism.
A research and data sharing agreement between the two organizations was signed during a visit by Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, MWL secretary-general, to the league headquarters in Rabat, where he met with Ahmed Al-Abadi, the organization’s leader.
Along with information sharing, the agreement includes joint scientific research and publishing initiatives, and invitations to take part in conferences, panel discussions, cultural programs, and joint training programs and workshops.
A committee from both organizations will decide on an annual executive program to identify joint projects.
The agreement follows an international conference hosted by MWL with the Mohammadian League of Scholars under the theme “Deconstruction of Extremist Discourse.”
Leading thinkers and researchers from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria took part in the two-day conference early this month in Rabat.
The conference discussed interventions on deconstructing the extremist discourse, the intellectual ideas of extremists and their rebuttal, sectarian extremism and strategies to prevent the spread of extremism.
Earlier, Al-Issa said that cultural communication generates understanding among nations … and this leads to the alliance of civilizations.
He said extremism was a general and comprehensive concept, and to attribute it only to Islam was false since it also had intellectual, political and racial aspects.