King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue introduces peace project for cultural communication to foreign diplomats’ wives

Faisal bin Abdulrahman Bin Muammar, Secretary General of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2017

King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue introduces peace project for cultural communication to foreign diplomats’ wives

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) has introduced its peace project for cultural communication during a meeting that included the wives of diplomatic mission heads accredited to the Kingdom.

The Riyadh-based institute recently invited diplomats’ wives to a meeting at its headquarters and discussed various issues that included the peace project, one of its most important initiatives.

The meeting, which was moderated by the assistant secretary-general of the Center for Women’s Affairs, Amal Al-Maalami, intends to “consolidate the values of coexistence and civilizational dialogue.”

Holding the meeting was in accordance with KACND goals that include the establishment and dissemination of a culture of dialogue in society, and discussion of national issues which affect Saudi citizens.

The meeting also introduced the renaissance of the Kingdom and its achievements in various fields by monitoring and analyzing the reality of its global image, and proposing initiatives for improvement.

The meeting also touched on the Kingdom’s empowerment of and support for Saudi women, who have become vital partners in national development.

Such support is shown by the fact that Saudi women have become vital cogs in nation building and have become Shoura Council members who advise King Salman on policies and legislation.

Saudi women can now vote in municipal elections and work in some retail and hospitality jobs within the government’s Vision 2030 plan, which is trying to diversify the oil-reliant economy by boosting women’s employment.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has also announced that its work-from-home program is set to create 141,000 jobs by 2020, and expects that the percentage of women in the Saudi workforce will increase 28 percent by the same year.

Licenses will also be granted for women’s gyms by the end of February, according to Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Authority of Sports.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.