Saudi Arabia's World Center for Dialogue launches Islamic-Jewish council to fight extremism in Europe

Muslim pilgrims perform Haj tasks in the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2015. REUTERS
Updated 10 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia's World Center for Dialogue launches Islamic-Jewish council to fight extremism in Europe

  • The King Abdullah Center for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Cultures said it launched a European dialogue platform
  • The platform aims to contribute to consolidating coexistence and combating intolerance

JEDDAH: The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz World Center for Dialogue has announced the formation of what it called an Islamic-Jewish council aimed at promoting coexistence and fighting extremism.

The King Abdullah Center for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Cultures said it launched a European dialogue platform that brings together members of Islamic and Jewish institutions in Europe.

The platform aims to contribute to consolidating coexistence and combating intolerance and hatred in European societies, by promoting safe living under a common citizenship, a statement by the Saudi Press Agency said.

A meeting held under the auspices of the King Abdullah World Center for Dialogue took place on Monday with participation of the European Council, the Municipality of Amsterdam and a number of international institutions.

It was co-opened by the Secretary-General of the Center Faisal bin Muammar and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European Parliament.

Muammar praised Amsterdam's long-standing commitment to diversity and co-existence, in his address to the audience.

He hailed the participation of Amsterdam in this Council, saying it fills a large gap in European relations between followers of different religions.

The step comes within the framework of the King Abdullah World Center for Dialogue to launch platforms, in different parts of the world to build bridges of communication between individuals from diverse religions.

The Center is an international organization established by Saudi Arabia, with the participation of Austria and Spain, as well as the Vatican, as a founding member of the Observatory, in 2012. It aims to foster dialogue and coexistence, respect for diversity, building of bridges of cooperation and understanding among diverse communities.

The Center's work is organized by an administrative board of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu executives.


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

Updated 15 November 2018
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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he told reporters in Riyadh.

The Prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that the drawing of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.

The prosecutor said Saudi Arabia has requested Turkey to sign a cooperation deal on a probe into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We have requested the brotherly Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” he said, adding that “the public prosecutor is still awaiting a response to these requests.”