Pope, Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief discuss terrorism and Rohingya plight

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The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef Al-Othaimeen meets Pope Francis. (SPA)
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The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef Al-Othaimeen and Pope Francis. (SPA)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Pope, Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief discuss terrorism and Rohingya plight

JEDDAH: “Terrorism has no religion,” the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef Al-Othaimeen, has told Pope Francis.
During a Vatican meeting on Friday, both men emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue in the campaign against terrorism and violence.
Al-Othaimeen condemned all terrorist acts associated with religions. He also praised the Pope’s stand on the rights of Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem.
The OIC chief thanked the Pope for his involvement in other issues, including his positive contribution toward the Rohingya people’s bid for national rights.
Pope Francis expressed his support for the Rohingya, and thanked neighboring countries, especially Bangladesh, for offering them refuge.
He praised the OIC’s “clear and decent position” toward terrorism, saying that terror has nothing to do with Islam.
Al-Othaimeen also held talks Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on the need for continued dialogue between the OIC and the Vatican.


Indian jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London: British police

Updated 20 March 2019
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Indian jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London: British police

  • India had asked Britain in August to extradite billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi

LONDON: Fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said on Wednesday.
India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank, India’s biggest banking fraud.
Police said Modi, 48, had been arrested in the Holborn area of central London on Tuesday and was due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.