National cohesion meetings to be held across all KSA regions

Updated 20 July 2016
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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.


US Secretary of State Pompeo lands in Riyadh for talks with Saudi King Salman

Updated 16 October 2018
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US Secretary of State Pompeo lands in Riyadh for talks with Saudi King Salman

  • The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister and ambassador to Washington

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital on Tuesday for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman, an AFP correspondent reported.