King Salman holds talks with Bahraini king in Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at Auja Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 03 November 2018

King Salman holds talks with Bahraini king in Diriyah

RIYADH: King Salman received Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on Saturday at Al-Auja Palace in the Saudi town of Diriyah.

They reviewed bilateral relations, and the latest regional and international developments. The meeting was attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

King Hamad thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their continuous fraternal support for Bahrain.

“On this occasion, which brings us together on one position and as if with the heart of one man, we express our categorical rejection of the systematic campaigns and slanderous media statements against Saudi Arabia,” King Hamad said, demanding an end to such campaigns.

He expressed his “full confidence in the integrity and independence of the capable Saudi judiciary” to investigate the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The judiciary is known for its “fairness,” which emanates from Saudi policies, King Hamad said, reiterating his solidarity with the Kingdom. 

Both countries are forward-looking and committed to the principles of coexistence and peace among the peoples of the world, he added.

Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.