King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, Harvard University sign deal to measure coexistence, tolerance

Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Muammar
Updated 29 October 2017
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King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, Harvard University sign deal to measure coexistence, tolerance

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and joint cooperation with Harvard University in the field of scientific research and the development of surveys to obtain accurate indicators of levels of coexistence and tolerance.
The signing ceremony was held on Thursday at the headquarters of the KACND and was attended by the KACND Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Muammar; the deputy secretary-general, Fahd bin Sultan Al-Sultan; Asim Khawaja, professor of international finance and development at Harvard’s Kennedy School; and Jamal Haidar, a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
This cooperation comes within the framework of the KACND’s interest in developing indicators for the reality of community coexistence and promoting the values of tolerance between different sectors of Saudi society.
It also comes to complement KACND efforts in the field of indicators, and levels of coexistence and tolerance in Saudi society by using direct measuring tools, which is one of the main areas targeted by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Under this collaboration, Harvard University’s evidence for policy design team will explore new designs for indirect methods and tools to measure tolerance within Saudi society, in collaboration with the KACND research team.
A feasibility study will be carried out to implement interventions that can help promote tolerance, and a global-evidence base relevant to the non-cognitive value-building program in the Kingdom will be also reviewed in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of current levels of tolerance in society.


Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

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Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

  • In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality
  • After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a letter of thanks to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his departure from India on Wednesday.

In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality during his visit with the Saudi delegation.  

“The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations,” the letter said.

After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday, on the third leg of his Asia tour that started in Pakistan.

Here is the letter in full:

Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Greetings,

I am pleased to express my gratitude and appreciation for your hospitality towards me and my delegation.

The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations.

Wishing health and happiness for your country, and progress and prosperity for your friendly nation, accept my sincerest greetings and appreciation.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister