Muslim countries reject political blackmail campaigns against Saudi Arabia

A number of countries have expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 October 2018

Muslim countries reject political blackmail campaigns against Saudi Arabia

  • Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa affirmed the nation’s strong support of the firm Saudi stance against any attempt or threats to undermine it
  • Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora affirmed that Saudi Arabia, through its history, is a key Arab pillar that supports moderation

JEDDAH: Bahrain, Sudan, Somalia and Kosovo are among those who have expressed their solidarity with Saudi Arabia against the attempts by international forces to exploit the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a media campaign against the Kingdom.

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa affirmed the nation’s strong support of the firm Saudi stance against any attempt or threats to undermine it, expressing strong condemnation of the false claims against the Kingdom by some media outlets.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on everyone not to allow those who are keen to undermine the nation to take this opportunity. A statement from the ministry called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to address this issue in its legal and diplomatic dimensions.

Somalia stressed the need to keep away from schemes and campaigns against Saudi Arabia, and confirms the Kingdom’s firm position and support for the stability and sovereignty of Arab countries. 

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora affirmed that Saudi Arabia, through its history, is a key Arab pillar that supports moderation. He added that the Kingdom combats terrorism and extremism, and enhancing peace, particularly in the Islamic world, is the Saudi goal.

He lauded the formation of the Saudi-Turkish expert team to uncover the circumstances of Khashoggi’s disappearance, calling for the avoidance of false accusations.

The Islamic chiefdom in Kosovo has announced its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia against whoever tries to undermine its position and regional status, stressing its absolute rejection of all attempts to harm the Kingdom.

Issa Khaira Robleh, director general of the Union of News Agencies, a specialized media organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has denounced the tendentious media campaign against Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen Al-Awwash, chairman of the Arab Countries Broadcasting Union, confirmed his organization’s strong rejection and denunciation of the hostile campaign in the media against the Kingdom. The Khashoggi case, he said, is still under investigation and Saudi Arabia has expressed unlimited readiness to reveal the truth.

The Mufti of Lebanon Abdul Latif Derian said that political blackmail campaigns against Saudi Arabia are seen as provocation and a challenge to the feelings of more than a billion Muslims.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”