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.


First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

Updated 21 September 2018
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First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main evening news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s main national TV station.
Al-Dakheel presented the news alongside Omar Al-Nashwan on Thursday on Saudia TV channel.
Saudis took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.
Writer Rayan Al-Jidani said: “Her performance was distinctive in terms of concentration, presence and clear articulation. I wish her more success in her career in media with the national channel @saudiatv.”
Television broadcaster Wael Rafeeq said: “Today, we are very pleased with this great development and quantum leap that the national television is undergoing.”
“It is beautiful to see our national channel in this honorable image. I hope this level of dedication at work is maintained, and developments continue being executed,” Twitter user @abukhaled2030 said.
@aliya_m1khan tweeted: “She is a champion. Such a strong and confident character, a great example.”

Al-Dakheel previously worked for CNBC Arabia and was an intern at Dar Al Hayat Newspaper.
Women have presented the news on other Saudi channels like Al-Ekhbariya for several years.
Their increasing profile in Saudi Arabia’s media comes amid the sweeping social reforms brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the lifting of the ban on women drivers.