King Salman to give Iraq $1bn to build sports city in the country

Saudi Arabia played against Iraq in 2018 to mark the return of football on Iraqi soil. King Salman has given the country $1 billion to build a sports city. (AP)
Updated 03 April 2019
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King Salman to give Iraq $1bn to build sports city in the country

  • The announcement of the pledge came as senior Saudi ministers traveled to Baghdad on Wednesday
  • Both countries have been forging closer ties in recent months

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is giving Iraq $1 billion to build a sports city, Al-Ekhbariya news channel said on Wednesday, citing the Kingdom’s commerce and investment minister Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi.
Both countries have been forging closer ties in recent months as part of an effort to stem the growing regional influence of Iran, while Iraq is seeking economic benefits from building stronger ties with the Kingdom.
The announcement of the pledge came as senior Saudi ministers traveled to Baghdad on Wednesday for meetings with Iraqi officials on trade and investment.
Al-Qassabi led the delegation for the second meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
At the meeting, the Saudi delegation was to meet with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and Iraq Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halbousi.
The Saudi government delegation included Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
The meetings were aimed at “exploring ways to develop trade activity and discuss investment opportunities,” it was reported.


Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

Updated 23 July 2019
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Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

RIYADH: The rector of the Islamic University of Brussels hailed Saudi efforts to promote moderate Islam, reject extremism, fight against terrorism, serve the religion and its followers, and respond to aberrant ideologies that have harmed the Muslim world.

Dr. Mustafa Khader Donmez also praised the programs carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

“The Kingdom has established specialized scientific, educational and media institutions, called for the unity of the Islamic nation, and cooperated with all that strengthens the nation’s unity and preserves its security,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been holding conferences inside and outside the Kingdom, to which it invited scholars and specialists, in cooperation with regional and international bodies to promote Islamic tolerance and address the causes of extremism and terrorism.”

Donmez said the Kingdom has invited Islamic institutions and international bodies to implement programs and events that fight extremism and condemn terrorism.

“The Kingdom is keen to promote international peace and communication between cultures and the followers of different religions through calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, a domain in which the Kingdom has been a pioneer,” he added.

Saudi Arabia “has taken the lead in spending for this purpose as it is in line with its high status on the Islamic and international levels,” he said. SPA Riyadh