OIC chief pushes for enhanced cooperation with Russia

Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (SPA)
Updated 04 July 2019

OIC chief pushes for enhanced cooperation with Russia

The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, stressed the importance of consolidating the relationship between the organization and Russia during a meeting on Wednesday in Moscow.

Following the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Al-Othaimeen said: “We agreed on all issues related to both sides, and I can say that there is a joint desire to promote bilateral cooperation.”

Al-Othaimeen praised Saudi Arabia for supporting the organization and the issues of the Islamic world, noting that the Moscow discussions addressed issues of common interest. He said that the two sides were ready to promote and deepen these relations.

Fighting terrorism was an international responsibility and Islam was innocent of the extremism it was being accused of, Al-Othaimeen said. Terrorism and chaos were threatening stability and peace in many Islamic countries, he added.

Lavrov said: “Al-Othaimeen is welcome in Russia. Our discussions focused on issues of common interest, especially that Russia is keen to expand these relations.”

Al-Othaimeen and Lavrov discussed topics such as supporting the Palestinian cause, fighting terrorism, extremism and the spread of Islamophobia, and finding peaceful solutions for conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

Arab coalition intercept drone targeting Khamis Mushayt

Updated 25 August 2019

Arab coalition intercept drone targeting Khamis Mushayt

  • The drone was fired from Sana'a and was targeting Khamis Mushayt
  • This is the latest in a spate of drone attacks launched by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: The Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt on Sunday, state news agency SPA reported.

It was the latest in a spate of attacks launched by the Iranian-backed militia, and just hours after the Houthis had targeted the same southwestern Saudi city in a matter of hours.

The Sunday morning attack was launched from the Yemeni city of Sana’a.

There were also 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border earlier in August.

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki later told media that all attempts by the militia to attack Saudi Arabia would be thwarted.

And he said that the continued targeting of civilian areas including airports was in direct violation of international law.