Arab conference to strengthen regional solidarity

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal is among key figures taking part in the conference. (SPA)
Updated 09 February 2019

Arab conference to strengthen regional solidarity

  • Al-Salami said member states had to put their differences to one side and unite to tackle the testing issues confronting the Arab region

JEDDAH: The Arab Parliament will hold on Saturday a conference of senior leaders to promote solidarity in the face of major regional challenges.
Former and current Arab heads of government and high-profile ministers will attend the meeting at the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, is among key figures taking part in the conference.
The conference will be held as a recognition of the accuracy and seriousness of the current situation and challenges faced by the Arab nation, the Kingdom’s speaker of the Arab Parliament, Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, said.
Al-Salami said member states had to put their differences to one side and unite to tackle the testing issues confronting the Arab region.
He added that the conference aims to prepare a document “to strengthen solidarity and face challenges,” which would be presented by the Arab Parliament to the Arab League in time for its summit meeting in Tunisia, next month.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.