Hasina backs Islamic Alliance

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman welcomes Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on arrival in Madinah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 07 June 2016

Hasina backs Islamic Alliance

RIYADH: Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed, who wrapped up a five-day official visit to the Kingdom on Monday, has backed the Kingdom’s Islamic alliance against terrorism.

Wajed met Sunday with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues including improving trade. She also held talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Saudi businessmen in Jeddah. Also present were Bangladesh Ambassador in the Kingdom Golam Moshi and Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali.
According to Moshi, this was a “landmark visit” that strengthened ties between the two nations. He said Wajed and King Salman had “promised to work together for world peace, development and the Islamic Ummah” and find measures to deal with current global instability and insecurity.
He said Wajed had told King Salman that Bangladesh had adopted a zero tolerance policy toward terrorism and the country appreciates the Kingdom’s initiative to tackle extremism worldwide.
On the labor front, he said Wajed had discussions with Saudi Labor and Social Development Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani and Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf. Earlier, Wajed had called for Saudi investment in Bangladesh at her meeting with leaders of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Sunday morning.
A 10-member business delegation that accompanied her sought investments in garments, leather, jute, ceramics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, agro-processing, plastics, light engineering, electronics, telecommunications, energy and marine resources.
JCCI Vice Chairman Mazen Battarjee said the JCCI would send a delegation to Bangladesh to explore investment possibilities. An agreement was signed by a Bangladesh company with Jeddah-based Bawani for the construction of various projects in both countries.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.