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.”


France launches Arabic website to bridge cultural gap

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France launches Arabic website to bridge cultural gap

RIYADH: With the aim of attracting 100 million tourists from different countries including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) by 2020, France on Monday launched a major Arabic-language website.
French Ambassador Francois Gouyette launched the portal at his official residence in Riyadh in a ceremony attended by diplomats and other French officials.
The ambassador said: “The Arabic language domain (France.fr) was developed for all Arabic speaking travelers who can now benefit from the localized website, providing relevant content to help prepare for a great trip.”
This will help tourists and businessmen traveling from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries to France, he added.
Karim Mekachera, director of Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, said: “Digital innovation is at the heart of our marketing initiatives and we have placed a significant focus on content creation, curation and distribution of the content on France in a number of languages to remain truly connected to people around the world.”
“The website’s aim is to boost France’s appeal as a touristic destination, improving its ranking as a top travel destination for the Arab traveler,” he said.
Mekachera said: “Social media platforms are now also available in Arabic to inspire and encourage followers to share their experiences. User-friendly and optimized for mobile consumption, the new website contains content and information on tourism in France, hotels, restaurants, things to do, culture and heritage, events and museums.”
He said the website contains a special section dedicated to travel information including customs and visas.”