Muslim World League chief signs deal with Land Identity Project

The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, presides a meeting with diplomats in Tokyo. (AN photo)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Muslim World League chief signs deal with Land Identity Project

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, signed an agreement with Hiroko Kawahara, president of the Land Identity Project, which calls for harmony, peace and teaching children the value of civilization.
Fabricated religious and intellectual conflicts have produced many forms of hate, extremism and terrorism, said Al-Issa, who accused the “materialistic” media of significantly fueling conflicts.
He was speaking in Japan, where he met with members of the diplomatic corps at the invitation of Waleed Siam, dean of the Arab diplomatic corps.
Al-Issa also attended an international symposium hosted by Japan’s Foreign Ministry and attended by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who received him before the start of the symposium and discussed with him issues of common interest.
Al-Issa said there are many reasons for the emergence of extremism, including a perceived sense of abuse or marginalization, and a lack of justice.
In general, contemporary terrorist organizations were established against the backdrop of political conflicts, giving them religious interpretations, he added.
The biggest danger facing the world is the globalization of extremism, which used to be confined geographically, he said, adding that extremism “should be faced with counter-ideology.”
Al-Issa urged societies to enhance their national fabric and fight all forms of religious and ethnic discrimination.
“When religion takes hold in the minds of individuals, it does not constitute a mere transient choice. Rather, it becomes an important entity that affects their feelings and actions,” he said.
“Unless there is a deep awareness of the reality of religion and an integrated national unification, we will find cases of unconscious religiosity with negative behavior.”
He stressed the importance of preventing religious, political or ideological messages that may isolate any community from its societal context, or calls to rally against the state.
“We must also distinguish between the philosophy of some countries that calls for the separation of religion from the state, and respect for the conviction of followers of all religions, as this may trigger religious sensitivities,” he said.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.