Saudi Arabia, Philippines reaffirm commitment to combat extremism, terrorism

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the Malacañang Palace. (Photos: Malacañang Palace)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte introduces members of his Cabinet to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the Malacañang Palace. (Photos: Malacañang Palace)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia, Philippines reaffirm commitment to combat extremism, terrorism

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday welcomed Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the presidential palace.
Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque described the meeting as “very warm and cordial,” with the president and minister reiterating both countries’ commitment to fighting terrorism.
The prince was on a three-day official visit to Manila. He and Duterte discussed strengthening bilateral ties and issues of mutual importance, particularly law enforcement, peace, security, and promoting the welfare of Filipino migrant workers.
Duterte thanked him for the visit, and the prince conveyed King Salman’s personal and warm wishes as he reaffirmed the importance of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia.
The minister also conveyed the king’s “deep respect” for Duterte’s “strong and decisive action that led to the liberation of Marawi (city) from extremists and terrorists.”
Duterte stressed the need to expand trade and investment cooperation, and to promote the rights, safety and wellbeing of Filipinos.
He hosted a luncheon for Prince Abdul Aziz in President’s Hall. The minister held separate talks with some of Duterte’s Cabinet members.
On Sunday, the prince received Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto at the Shangri-La at the Fort.
They discussed enhancing ties between the two countries, and the Saudi commitment to peace and development in Mindanao.
Alonto thanked the prince for his continuing support, especially to the island’s Muslim population.
The prince also met with Eduardo Ano, interior and local government officer in charge, with whom he discussed cooperation between the two countries’ interior ministries.
The prince also met with Labor Minister Silvestre Bello III and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.
In April 2017, Duterte paid a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia as part of his three-nation tour of the Middle East.


Minister of Islamic Affairs meets senior guests of Hajj and Umrah 2018 program

Updated 16 August 2018
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Minister of Islamic Affairs meets senior guests of Hajj and Umrah 2018 program

  • Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said that the hosting program is a service for scholars, preachers, sheikhs and influential people in the Islamic world
  • Al-Asheikh highlighted the importance of the role played by scholars to explain the message of Islam and the moderate approach that fights radicalism and extremism

JEDDAH: The hospitality of King Salman highlights his interest in Islam, scholars, as well as the security and stability of Islamic countries, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, said during a speech to senior guests of the Hajj and Umrah 2018 program.
Al-Asheikh conveyed the greetings of the king and the crown prince. “I welcome the guests of the program in Saudi Arabia, their second country,” he said. “I wish you all good times of faith in the holy sites, as well as easy Hajj and Umrah rituals. May you enjoy days full of faith next to the Kaaba.”
He said that the hosting program is a service for scholars, preachers, sheikhs and influential people in the Islamic world. There is no doubt that the Islamic world has many prominent elites that have great influence on education and fatwa; this is why the program stresses conveying the Saudi message of serving the Muslim world to these elites, he said.
Al-Asheikh highlighted the importance of the role played by scholars to explain the message of Islam and the moderate approach that fights radicalism and extremism. “You are the best model in your country. You carry the message of Islam and spread the truth there, explaining many crucial concepts,” he said.
He said that King Salman and the crown prince are continuously supervising work to develop the holy sites and organize the Hajj and Umrah journey for the best of the pilgrims.
The minister listened to the speeches of senior guests who noted the continuous efforts of the Kingdom under the leadership the king and the crown prince, serving Islam and Muslims and defending their causes.
The senior guests thanked the Kingdom for this program that reflects the leadership’s attention to scholars and influential figures in countries around the world.
Al-Asheikh has started his visit to the guests’ residence in Makkah, inspecting the hotel facilities, and making sure all committees are ready. During his visit to the medical committee, he checked on the guests and emphasized the need to provide medical care around the clock and ensure that there is nothing to impede Hajj rituals.