OIC chief and Russia Federation Council head discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen meets Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Federation Council, in Moscow. (SPA)
Updated 06 July 2019

OIC chief and Russia Federation Council head discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

  • OIC chief Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen is currently on a visit in Moscow

RIYADH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, met Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Federation Council, in Moscow on Saturday.

During the meeting, they discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the OIC and the Russian council. 

Al-Othaimeen praised the coexistence and harmony among different religions in the Russian Federation.

Matviyenko welcomed the OIC secretary-general, stressing the matching of views with the OIC.

Meanwhile, the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded an honorary doctorate to Al-Othaimeen during a ceremony that took place at the academy’s headquarters in Moscow.

In his address, Prof. Evgeny Petrovich Bazhanov, the academy’s president, hailed the role played by the OIC in bringing people closer and for its efforts to support and promote peace.

Al-Othaimeen said he valued the honorary doctorate. He delivered a lecture highlighting the work and procedures of the OIC, as well as its quest to spread the true message of Islam based on moderation and its programs to combat extremism, violence and terrorism. This was in addition to strengthening the organization’s relations with friendly countries including Russia, he said.


Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

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Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

  • Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak shine in wonderful musical evening

TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look.

The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is presenting events throughout August. The concert with Al-Johar and Mubarak, which sold out quickly, was well received by the audience of more than 2,500.

The evening began at 9.30 p.m. with a collection of new and old songs from Mubarak, supported by 27 musicians. Al-Johar then greeted her with beautiful and famous songs.

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi also performed at the theater, which will host Syrian musical artist Asala Nasri on Aug. 28 and Ahlam Al-Shamsi on Aug. 30.