Pakistan’s PM arriving in Saudi Arabia Tuesday in first foreign visit

After concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia, Khan, along with his delegation, will arrive in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 19 where he will be received by United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (Photo courtesy: Imran Khan/Facebook)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Pakistan’s PM arriving in Saudi Arabia Tuesday in first foreign visit

  • King Salman will host a State banquet for Imran Khan at the Royal Court
  • The prime minister and his delegation will fly to Abu Dhabi after concluding their visit to the Kingdom on Sept. 19

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will begin his two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia on the invitation of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Tuesday.
This will be his first foreign trip to any country after assuming charge of the highest political office in the country.
According to an official handout circulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Khan will also be accompanied by the foreign minister, minister for finance and adviser to the prime minister on commerce.
During his stay in Saudi Arabia, he will call on the King and hold a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince.
King Salman will also host a state banquet for him at the Royal Court.
As members of Khan’s federal cabinet meet their counterparts, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),  will call on the prime minister.
Khan will also perform Umrah and visit Madinah during his stay in the Kingdom.
After concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia, Khan, along with his delegation, will proceed to the UAE on Sept. 19 to meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The two leaders will discuss issues of bilateral interest in their meeting.


‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) holds its 43rd session in Makkah. (SPA)
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‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

  • The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts

JEDDAH: The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 43rd session in Makkah, with senior scholars and ministers from Muslim countries in attendance.
The council expressed solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people, and condemned attempts to target the Kingdom, saying its stability and security are a red line for the Muslim world.
The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts, and its fight against extremism and terrorism.
The great place that the Kingdom occupies in the hearts of Muslims is founded on a sincere and firm belief in its care for Muslim sanctity, the council said, adding that targeting Saudi stability also affects international stability.
The council discussed several matters, including the Palestinian cause, developments in Syria and Yemen, the tragedy of Myanmar’s Rohingya people, the fight against extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and the importance of promoting dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
It also discussed the well-being of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, expressing regret and concern about Islamophobia, and calling for peaceful coexistence.
The council urged Muslims in these countries to fulfil their duty to educate their children, and protect them from deviant ideologies and groups that use religion as a pretext to justify terrorism and extremism.
It also urged Muslims in these countries to use legitimate channels to enjoy their just religious and cultural rights, to contribute to societal development, and to support stability and integration.
The council highlighted the MWL’s efforts and international presence in influential platforms, especially in the West.
Islamophobia is creating serious rifts in multicultural societies and damaging the social contract based on equal citizenship, the council said.
It expressed its full support for the MWL’s programs and activities that highlight the truth about Islam and its values, promote intellectual and religious awareness among Muslim minorities, and spread the values of toleration, moderation and peace.
The council reviewed the MWL’s efforts against radicalization and terrorism, including international collaborative programs, conferences, forums, statements and visits to Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
It noted the MWL’s efforts to promote dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, including its secretary-general’s meeting with Vatican leaders, the signing of a historic cooperation agreement with the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and organizing an international peace conference at Oxford University.
The council agreed to establish an international center for cultural exchanges, as part of its support for the Conference on Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World.
The council stressed the importance of building good East-West relations and launching initiatives to foster cooperation, cultural exchanges and positive values.
“Only 10 percent of our common principles are sufficient to bring peace and harmony to our world,” said MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.