Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs thankful for strength of the faith in Africa

Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh
Updated 27 May 2018
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs thankful for strength of the faith in Africa

  • Saudi Arabia is firmly grounded on the principles of its foundation

JEDDAH: The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh praised the care and attention King Salman and his crown prince are providing to the Islamic Da’wah.
He pointed out that the Ministry, based on the directives of King Salman and his Crown Prince, is paying great attention to the Islamic Da’wah in Africa. It has become one of the main parties concerned with the people of knowledge and advocacy in Africa.
Al-Sheikh’s words came as he welcomed Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed, Chairman of the Da’wah Committee in Africa, along with the members of the committee currently visiting the Kingdom.
“Saudi Arabia is firmly grounded on the principles of its foundation. It was founded on the piety of God, the word of Tawheed, the support of the Da’wah and the unification of the word of Muslims and keeping evil far away from them,” he added.
Al-Sheikh then congratulated the committee’s chairman, members and guests from the Union of African Muslim Scholars on the occasion of Ramadan.
He said: “It pleases us to see that the union is afoot and strong and that the words of scholars in Africa and elsewhere always meet in the teaching of Islam. This helps the uphold of Islam and the support of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and the spreading of Islam.”
Al-Sheikh also stressed the importance of education, pointing out that the committee and the union have major responsibilities. He also urged them to take care of African scholars.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Bandar honored Al-Sheikh with the committee’s shield.


Trump vows to remain steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia

Updated 5 min 43 sec ago
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Trump vows to remain steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia

  • The Kingdom is a great ally in our fight against Iran and terrorism, said US president.
  • Saudis have worked closely with us to keep oil prices at reasonable levels, he added.

JEDDAH: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States intends to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement issued by the White House, he said he would not cancel multibillion-dollar military deals with Riyadh, adding: “If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries.”

Trump said US intelligence agencies are still studying the evidence in an attempt to discover how Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and who planned it.

“The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone,” the president said. “Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and the disposal of his body.

“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information.

“We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world.”

Describing the world as “a very dangerous place,” Trump condemned Iran for its malign activity in the region.

“Iran...is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more,” he said. “Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’ Iran is considered ‘the world’s leading sponsor of terror.’

“Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.”

Describing agreements reached during his trip to Saudi Arabia last year, Trump said: “The Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States.

“Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great US defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries — and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States.”

Trump said that members of Congress were free to reach their own conclusions.

“I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction — and they are free to do so,” he said. “I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America.

“After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil-producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keep oil prices at reasonable levels (which is) so important for the world. As president of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply, it is called ‘America First.’”