UN praises Saudi-based interfaith center for promoting peace

UN praises Saudi-based KAICIID interfaith center for its contributions to promoting peace, through a series of initiatives and partnership programs with governments and other organizations. (KAICIID)
Updated 27 March 2019
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UN praises Saudi-based interfaith center for promoting peace

  • Moratinos cited the center’s efforts to fight extremism, promote coexistence and preach tolerance
  • He noted the importance of platforms established by the center for dialogue between Christian and Muslim communities

SPA RIYADH: The UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos has praised the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) for its contributions to promoting peace, through a series of initiatives and partnership programs with governments and other organizations.
This came during a visit to KAICIID’s headquarter in Vienna, where he met with Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, and thanked him, the center and the Saudi government for their support for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ plan for global conflict prevention and resolution.
Moratinos cited the center’s efforts to fight extremism, promote coexistence and preach tolerance across the Arab world and beyond as a model example for facilitating inter-community cooperation, commending its opposition to religious rhetoric being subverted by extremists and terrorists for political ends.
He noted the importance of platforms established by the center for dialogue between Christian and Muslim communities in the Middle East, Nigeria and Central Africa, and similar programs for Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar, in restoring trust between fractured neighbors.
He also praised the various training programs KAICIID has helped to set up in religious schools in hotspot regions of interreligious tension, building bridges of understanding and establishing principles of coexistence and common values.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.