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.”


Saudi crown prince to inaugurate energy park on Monday

The crown prince will inaugurate the 50-square-kilometer project on Monday. (Saudi Aramco)
Updated 09 December 2018
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Saudi crown prince to inaugurate energy park on Monday

  • SPARK is a mega project designed to position the Kingdom as a global energy hub

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to launch a recently announced energy park in the east of the country.
The King Salman Energy Park, known as SPARK, is a mega project designed to position the Kingdom as a global energy hub.
The crown prince will inaugurate the 50-square-kilometer project on Monday, which will be constructed between Dammam and Al-Hasa in the heart of the Saudi energy business.
SPARK, which was announced by Saudi Aramco on Thursday and due to be completed in 2035, is expected to support and increase the security of energy supplies that will be offered at competitive prices.