Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet calls for global stand against extremism, hate speech

King Salman chairs a Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 20 March 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet calls for global stand against extremism, hate speech

  • Council of Ministers expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the Christchurch attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reinforced its determination to confront extremism and hate speech in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand, which left 50 people dead.

During its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman, the Saudi Cabinet called on the international community to take a tough stance against those who tried to spread hate, extremism and violence. 

The Council of Ministers expressed its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the Christchurch attack and also the people and government of New Zealand. 

The meeting, held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, went on to discuss the Kingdom’s participation in the third Brussels Conference to support the future of Syria and the region, reported the SPA. The Cabinet also reviewed the talks that took place to discuss areas of Saudi-EU cooperation over the security, stability and unity of Syria.

Ministers referred to Saudi Arabia’s attendance at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, and stressed the Kingdoms’ determination to continue its efforts in protecting and promoting human rights.

Ambassador Al-Wasil told the UN that this is not the first incident of its kind, but rather, it is part of a series of racist and ethnic events that are "nourished by a culture of hatred, racism, violence, terrorism, extremism and the culture of Islamophobia against minorities, diverse races and immigrants in some countries."

Al-Wasil added that the terrorist incident in New Zealand confirms that terrorism has no religion, no race and is rejected by humanity as a whole. We must unite and stand together to fight the hatred and extremism that cause the killing of innocents, he said.

He pointed out that there is tolerance in some countries with hate speech in the political and media platforms, as they come in the context of freedom of opinion and expression, while such speeches fuel racist tendencies against religious minorities and migrants in their countries, fuel extremist tendencies and increase the tension against Muslims and immigrants and other minorities.

The Kingdom called upon all states to stop all extremist voices and enact laws and policies calling for tolerance and acceptance of other differences and civilizations within the framework of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.

In other business, the Cabinet commended US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for pledging continued American backing for the Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimate government of Yemen and for the Kingdom’s efforts to assist the Yemenis against Iranian intervention.

The Council of Ministers then authorized the Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan to draft a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Russian counterpart for cooperation between the two countries on cultural matters and approved the go ahead for discussions and the signing of a similar MoU with UNESCO.

Approval for an MoU on bilateral cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the US Patent and Trademark Office was agreed along with an MoU for cooperation and exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency and the Cuban state news agency Prensa Latina.  

Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019

Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.