KSA promoting culture of tolerence and fraternity

Saudi leadership has been keen to fight terrorism locally and globally. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2018
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KSA promoting culture of tolerence and fraternity

  • The Kingdom has proven its understanding of the risks it faces by its measures to address them, the report said

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Tawfiq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairy praised the Kingdom’s efforts in confronting extremism and terrorism at local and international levels. 

During a conference of religious scholars held recently in Astana, Kazakhstan, the deputy minister said Saudi Arabia has always promoted peace and security, as it values tolerance and fraternity. 

Al-Sudairy commended the role of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (ETIDAL), and the Center for Intellectual Warfare, in this regard. 

Saudi leadership has been keen to fight terrorism locally and globally.

Last week, the Saudi Ministry of Justice concluded a training program aimed at combating terrorism funding and money laundering. More than 300 judges from Saudi criminal courts took part in the program. 

A recent report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) commended the Kingdom for making drastic changes to the way it combats money laundering, terrorism funding and arms proliferation.

The Kingdom has proven its understanding of the risks it faces by its measures to address them, the report said. 


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”