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.”


‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) holds its 43rd session in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2018
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‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

  • The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts

JEDDAH: The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 43rd session in Makkah, with senior scholars and ministers from Muslim countries in attendance.
The council expressed solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people, and condemned attempts to target the Kingdom, saying its stability and security are a red line for the Muslim world.
The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts, and its fight against extremism and terrorism.
The great place that the Kingdom occupies in the hearts of Muslims is founded on a sincere and firm belief in its care for Muslim sanctity, the council said, adding that targeting Saudi stability also affects international stability.
The council discussed several matters, including the Palestinian cause, developments in Syria and Yemen, the tragedy of Myanmar’s Rohingya people, the fight against extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and the importance of promoting dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
It also discussed the well-being of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, expressing regret and concern about Islamophobia, and calling for peaceful coexistence.
The council urged Muslims in these countries to fulfil their duty to educate their children, and protect them from deviant ideologies and groups that use religion as a pretext to justify terrorism and extremism.
It also urged Muslims in these countries to use legitimate channels to enjoy their just religious and cultural rights, to contribute to societal development, and to support stability and integration.
The council highlighted the MWL’s efforts and international presence in influential platforms, especially in the West.
Islamophobia is creating serious rifts in multicultural societies and damaging the social contract based on equal citizenship, the council said.
It expressed its full support for the MWL’s programs and activities that highlight the truth about Islam and its values, promote intellectual and religious awareness among Muslim minorities, and spread the values of toleration, moderation and peace.
The council reviewed the MWL’s efforts against radicalization and terrorism, including international collaborative programs, conferences, forums, statements and visits to Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
It noted the MWL’s efforts to promote dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, including its secretary-general’s meeting with Vatican leaders, the signing of a historic cooperation agreement with the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and organizing an international peace conference at Oxford University.
The council agreed to establish an international center for cultural exchanges, as part of its support for the Conference on Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World.
The council stressed the importance of building good East-West relations and launching initiatives to foster cooperation, cultural exchanges and positive values.
“Only 10 percent of our common principles are sufficient to bring peace and harmony to our world,” said MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.