OIC, MWL welcome Saudi support for Afghan peace

King Salman welcomes Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Riyadh in 2017. (SPA)
Updated 21 June 2018
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OIC, MWL welcome Saudi support for Afghan peace

  • The MWL also hailed the statement issued by King Salman in this regard
  • On Wednesday, King Salman expressed his hope that Afghanistan would extend the truce that was announced at the end of Ramadan

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has hailed the great interest paid by King Salman to the affairs of the Islamic world and Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen praised the statement issued by the royal court on the truce agreement reached between the Afghan government and the Taliban and stressed its importance.

The Muslim World League also hailed the wise decision through the signing of a truce between them.

The praise came in a statement issued by its secretary-general Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa. The MWL also hailed the statement issued by King Salman in this regard.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on his Twitter account: “KSA will continue to support peace and political reconciliation in Afghanistan, and to provide assistance for efforts to establish a cease-fire that serves the interests of the Afghani people.”

He added: “KSA’s leading role as a leading country in the Muslim world is crucial for achieving peace and stability in the region and the world; which is vital to succeed in efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and violence.”

On Wednesday, King Salman expressed his hope that Afghanistan would extend the truce that was announced at the end of Ramadan.

King Salman said that he followed closely the cease-fire that was agreed between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban and hoped that such a step would be built on by all parties to reach a lasting peace in the country.

“The Afghan people have suffered extensively from long wars and the people of Afghanistan, like all people across the Muslim world, hope that the country turns the page on past discords and opens a new chapter based on tolerance, peace, the renunciation of violence and the protection of civilian life — based on Islamic teachings that call for unity, cooperation, righteousness, piety, forgiveness and reform,” the king said.

King Salman concluded by wishing that Afghans would put aside their differences and embrace peace in the interest of security and stability.


Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

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Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and China on Friday agreed to include the Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom.
The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.
The move aims to enable a comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi and Chinese leaderships and seize the promising opportunities between their two peoples, a relationship which has extended for decades.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education for the Vision 2030.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom.
Learning Chinese will serve as a bridge between the two peoples and would contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.