Muslim World League head meets French ministry adviser

Updated 16 November 2018
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Muslim World League head meets French ministry adviser

  • During the meeting, both sides reviewed the MWL’s initiative about shared citizenship in countries of diversity and the road map for positive national integration

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), met in Riyadh on Thursday with Jean Christophe Bussel, adviser of religious affairs in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of the French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Francois Goite.

During the meeting, both sides reviewed the MWL’s initiative about shared citizenship in countries of diversity and the road map for positive national integration, based on respect of the constitutions and laws of the countries where it is applied.

They stressed that the demand for religious privacy should be according to legal procedures and within respect of the final decision regarding this demand, whatever the results were.

Both sides emphasized that love, tranquility, cooperation and coexistence must prevail among all national components, and that everyone must fulfil the requirements of accepting the other’s national identity and respecting the official reference of each national or religious component.

Speaking at the Wilton Park Inclusive Citizenship Dialogues forum in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Al-Issa said: “It’s wrong to accept from individuals or institutions any justifications that threaten national unity. It’s also essential to protect legitimate freedoms, especially ones that promote and support citizenship.

“We appreciate the concept of national integration ministries in countries of religious and ethnic diversity, but… some of them suffer gaps due to the lack of participation of all national segments in the formulation of their programs,” he added.

Al-Issa said: “Followers of religious and ethnic minorities have sacrificed a lot to show their loyalty to the countries that welcomed them and their parents.”


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 34 min 31 sec ago
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.