National cohesion meetings to be held across all KSA regions

Updated 20 July 2016

National cohesion meetings to be held across all KSA regions

RIYADH: The board of trustees of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue met in Riyadh to adopt and plan for current and future programs in line with the center’s strategy, which were approved during the previous meeting based on a 10-year review of the center’s past performance and programming.

Approved projects for the coming period focus on supporting intellectual security and enhancing national cohesion and unity. A national meeting, in coordination with governmental and private institutions, aims to instil and expand values of social coexistence, with scholars, intellects, and journalists all participating to enhance integration, cooperation, and concepts of tolerance and moderation.
The council also approved the establishment of a national program covering all regions in the Kingdom, in coordination with the private and governmental organizations, titled “Cohesion.” The program involves one-week meetings in each region that include numerous activities and programs that aim to mobilize support for national security and foster intellectual cooperation and moderation to minimize extremism and intolerance. The meetings will also rely on the participation of top scholars, intellectuals, and young men and women.
The council approved a monthly dialogue meeting to be held at the center’s headquarters about issues related to enhancing national unity and social responsibility.
Such programs are based on the objectives of the center, both currently and in the future, to minimize the spread of extremist and social intolerance, sectarianism, and lack of coexistence by communicating counter-ideals through various channels. The programs are also in line with Vision 2030, as they will help enhance development and modernization in the Kingdom, while strengthening bonds, national unity, and social cohesion.
During the meeting, members also reviewed accomplishments with regards to developing the the national public polling center, which will be implemented in coordination with official and private agencies in order for results to be beneficial in decision-making processes.
The secretary-general of the center, Dr. Faisal bin Muammar, said the projects and programs represent the center’s overall strategy for the next five years, as well as its top priority to focus on promoting community participation in the fight against extremism and intolerance. The aim of such programs is to encourage members of society to carry out religious and social responsibilities and contribute to promoting moderation in order to combat racism and hatred.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touches down in India

Updated 11 min 44 sec ago

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touches down in India

NEW DELHI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India on Tuesday for the second stage of his Asia tour.

His plane touched down at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi shortly after 8.45 p.m. local time.

The crown prince is expected to announce a $1 billion investment in India’s infrastructure and farming sectors during his first visit to the nation.

Prince Mohammed is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various other ministers and officials.

He is accompanied by leading Saudi businessmen and officials.

India is hoping the crown prince will announce an investment in its National Investment Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), a sovereign wealth fund that includes private companies and foreign investors.

The Kingdom is India’s top energy supplier and home to more than 3.5 million Indian expatriates.