United Nations’ bias on Yemen questioned

Updated 03 August 2016

United Nations’ bias on Yemen questioned

JEDDAH: Yemen’s former media official has questioned the neutrality of the United Nations on the issue of his country and said that the world body’s reputation is at stake.
Mokhtar Al-Rahbi, former press secretary to Yemen’s president, said the “report of the United Nations in which it cited violations of children’s rights in Yemen by the Saudi-led Arab coalition is unfair and incorrect.”
“It contains falsification of facts in terms of Saudi advocacy for the legitimacy in Yemen and its stand beside the president legitimately recognized by the international community,” he said.
Speaking to a local newspaper, Al-Rahbi stressed the fact that the coalition forces had not targeted civilians or children, unlike the Houthi militias who have so far killed 60,000 Yemeni troops, and 10,000, children according to their own statements, as well as their admission that they are using children in their war, as the age group of their fighters ranges from 13 to 21 years.
“Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s greatest supporters of Yemen. Between 2011 and 2015, Saudi Arabia paid more than SR8 billion in cash and in the form of oil products and relief materials. Saudi Arabia has no personal enmity with Yemen to target children and women; on the contrary, the Kingdom came to their support and help,” said Al-Rahbi.
The former press secretary said that the people of Yemen will never forget this favor.
He cited the events in Taiz on Monday, asserting that there was clear evidence of who kills children and dozens of civilians, especially the massacre against children, regarded as one of the dozens of massacres committed in all regions in Yemen.
“The Yemeni government and the coalition forces are negotiating in Kuwait on a peaceful settlement while the massacres and violations are committed in the country,” he added.
He wondered why the UN up till now has not classified the Houthis as terrorists like Al-Qaeda, who kill and destroy people according to their doctrines and sects.

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia


MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.