Saudi Arabia is leading the fight for true Islam, says Shoura Council speaker

Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, the chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council, being interviewed by media during the 10th plenary session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Istanbul on Nov. 21.
Updated 23 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia is leading the fight for true Islam, says Shoura Council speaker

ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia is playing a key role in supporting developing countries, promoting peace and stability in the world, and leading the fight for the true Islam that is far from extremism, said Shoura Council Speaker Abdullah Al-Sheikh during the 10th plenary session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Istanbul on Nov. 21.
“This meeting calls for peace and development in Asia, and the Kingdom has always been an influential country in this domain and is almost the No. 1 country in supporting developing nations,” he added. He also pointed out that Saudi Arabia calls for peace, and is a source of Islam that is based on peace.
The Turkish Parliament Speaker, Ismail Kahraman, on Tuesday launched APA’s 2nd Executive Council meeting and the 10th plenary session of the APA.
In his speech during the opening ceremony, Kahraman highlighted the importance of APA’s role in supporting peace, security and stability for Asia, its countries and people, and the importance of Asian parliaments’ roles in achieving these goals.
Burhan Kiaturk, leader of the Turkish delegation, welcomed the participating delegate from member countries and highlighted the importance of the meeting, which was organized under the title “Sustaining Peace and Development in Asia.” He also extended his thanks to the chairman of the 2nd Executive Committee, Nguon Nhel, and to Cambodia for heading the assembly during the past two years.
The APA was established in 1999 and currently consists of 42 member parliaments from across Asia.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.