Al-Azhar backs King Salman’s initiatives on Palestine

Al-Azhar praised King Salman’s efforts for the Palestinian people
Updated 16 April 2018
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Al-Azhar backs King Salman’s initiatives on Palestine

  • Al-Azhar praised King Salman’s decision to name the latest Arab League Summit the 'Jerusalem Summit'
  • Al-Azhar welcomed the king’s decision to dedicate $50 million to UNRWA

JEDDAH: Egypt’s top religious institution praised King Salman’s efforts for the Palestinian cause, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Al-Azhar praised King Salman’s decision to name the latest Arab League Summit the “Jerusalem Summit” in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The institution also welcomed the king’s decision to dedicate $50 million to UNRWA and $150 million to the Islamic Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem.

In his opening remarks at the summit held in the eastern Saudi city of Dammam, the king said: “The Palestinian issue will remain our top issue until all Palestinians get their legal right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

“As we reiterate our condemnation and rejection of the American administration’s decision concerning Jerusalem, we commend the international consensus that rejects it, and we affirm that East Jerusalem is an inalienable part of the Palestinian territory.Al-Azhar backs King Salman’s initiatives on Palestine


FaceOf: Adam Sieminski, president of KSA's King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

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FaceOf: Adam Sieminski, president of KSA's King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

  • Sieminski holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University, New York
  • Sieminski was also a member of the advisory board of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Adam Sieminski has been president of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) since April 2018. 

In 2008, KAPSARC was founded as an independent research institute to advance the understanding of the energy sector and its impact on the global economy. The center also conducts studies on sustainable energy options. Before joining KAPSARC, Sieminski held the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for over a year.

Before that, he served as a non-resident senior adviser to the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He also served as the administrator of the US Energy Information Administration between 2012 and 2017.

He was also the senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the US National Security Council and a senior fellow and former president of the US Association for Energy Economics. 

He was also a member of the advisory board of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He also served as the chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

From 2005 to 2012, Sieminski was the chief energy economist for Deutsche Bank. 

Sieminski holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University, New York. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

On Sunday, KAPSARC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority on the sidelines of Saudi Arabia Smart Grid and Sustainable Energy Conference and Exhibition that concluded in Jeddah recently. The MoU aims to strengthen research partnership in the power sector to enhance the efficiency of the electricity markets in the GCC countries.