Saudi Arabia, Singapore seek to bolster security ties

K. Shanmugam, Singapore Minister of Home Affairs and Law. (Courtesy: fivestarsandamoon)
Updated 15 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia, Singapore seek to bolster security ties

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Singapore have pledged to work together to boost security cooperation and fight terrorism following talks between senior Saudi and Singaporean officials.
“The two countries have directed their respective security agencies to work closely to combat the menace of terrorism,” said a statement released by the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday, following talks between Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and K. Shanmugam, Singapore Minister of Home Affairs and Law.
Their discussion mainly focused on “bilateral security cooperation and terrorism threats,” said the statement.
During his three-day stay in Riyadh, which concluded on Monday, the Singaporean minister also held wide-ranging talks with Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Howairini, the head of the Presidency of State Security.
Shanmugam conveyed Singapore’s “strong condemnation of the recent Houthi missile attack on the Saudi capital” and expressed his hope that steps will be taken by all parties to resolve the region’s conflicts so that the suffering of people caught up in those conflicts can be brought to an end.
The two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
“The high frequency of visits is a testament to the strength of bilateral relations,” Anderson said. “As Saudi Arabia embarks on the path of reform guided by Vision 2030, Singapore can participate by sharing its own developmental experiences in relevant areas and having Singaporean companies contribute their expertise.”


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.