Muslim World League chief meets Lebanese religious leaders

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Al-Issa meeting with the Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Durian. (Supplied)
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Armenian Catholic Patriarch Krikor Bedros receives Al-Issa. (Supplied)
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Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, president of the Supreme Islamic Shia Council, meeting with Al-Issa. (Supplied)
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Al-Issa meets Elias Audi, Metropolitan bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. (Supplied)
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Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi receives Al-Issa. (Supplied)
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Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Al-Aql Naim Hassan receives Al-Issa. (Supplied)
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Mufti Jaafari Sheikh Ahmad Qablan receives Secretary General of the Muslim World League. (Supplied)
Updated 24 September 2018
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Muslim World League chief meets Lebanese religious leaders

  • Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa started his visit by meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Durian
  • The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) met with several religious leaders during his official visit to Lebanon

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) met with religious leaders during his official visit to Lebanon.
Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa started his visit by meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Durian.
Al-Issa also met with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi. During the meeting, the secretary-general stressed the importance of dialogue in order to promote common values based on love, respect and cooperation, and to confront hatred.
He visited Elias Audi, Metropolitan bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. They discussed bilateral cooperation and coordination.
Al-Issa also met with the president of the Supreme Islamic Shia Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan.
The secretary-general met with Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Al-Aql Naim Hassan. They discussed bilateral cooperation and coordination.
Al-Issa also met with Bishop Boulos Matar, Chaldean Bishop Michel Kasarji and Armenian Catholic Patriarch Krikor Bedros.


Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles

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Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles

  • More than 100 vessels taking part in the three-day war games in an area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean
  • Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles

DUBAI: Iran on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a time of rising tensions with the United States.
More than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, the state news agency IRNA reported.
“The exercise will cover confronting a range of threats, testing weapons, and evaluating the readiness of equipment and personnel,” navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said in remarks carried by state television.
“Submarine missile launches will be carried out ... in addition to helicopter and drone launches from the deck of the Sahand destroyer,” Khanzadi said.
State media said Iran would be testing its new domestically built Fateh (Conqueror) submarine which is armed with cruise missiles and was launched last week.
Iranian officials in the past have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles.
Iran launched its domestically made destroyer Sahand in December, which official say has radar-evading stealth properties.
The USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf in December, ending a long absence of US aircraft carriers in the strategic waterway.
Iran displayed a new cruise surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,300 kilometers earlier this month during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, although there are concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles.