Pakistan PM receives Makkah’s Grand Mosque imam

Dr. Abdullah bin Awwad Al-Juhani. (Twitter) and Imran Khan. (AFP)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Pakistan PM receives Makkah’s Grand Mosque imam

  • Alvi said: “Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia, which are fraternal relations based on religious and cultural commonalities”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Awwad Al-Juhani, an imam at Makkah’s Grand Mosque.
The meeting was attended by Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Noor Ul-Haq Qadri, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malik and other officials.
Khan expressed appreciation for King Salman’s efforts to unify the Muslim world so it can confront challenges, extremism and terrorism, as well as his efforts to serve the Two Holy Mosques, pilgrims and Umrah performers. Khan also praised the visit to Pakistan by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
On Monday, Al-Juhani held talks with Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi.
“Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia, which are fraternal relations based on religious and cultural commonalities,” Alvi said.
Saudi-Pakistani relations are characterized by their shared visions on regional and international issues, as well as a shared desire to address the challenges facing the Muslim world, he added.
Alvi hailed the Saudi leadership’s efforts to serve the Two Holy Mosques, and the services provided to pilgrims every year.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.