GCC regrets Iranian intervention

Updated 06 March 2013

GCC regrets Iranian intervention

Foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held talks yesterday on key regional issues amid growing doubts in the region about Washington’s willingness and ability to tackle the daunting crisis in Syria and concerns over simmering tensions with Iran and a lifeless Middle East peace process. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Riyadh last night, was to meet later with the GCC foreign ministers. Kerry, who is scheduled to hold talks with Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, will address a joint press conference with the prince today. Kerry will also meet with GCC foreign ministers separately during his stay in Riyadh. Kerry’s talks with GCC foreign ministers will focus on a range of regional issues with special reference to Syria, Iran and the Middle East peace process.
In his opening statement at the GCC ministerial meeting, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad wAl-Khalifa gave a brief overview of the meeting agenda and the topics that deserve special attention. On the question of Iran, he said that “the Gulf states had always tried to maintain good neighborly relations with Iran, but unfortunately, Iran still intervenes in the GCC’s internal affairs and occupies the UAE islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.” He said that Iran rejected any discussion or peaceful solution through negotiation and international arbitration.
Kerry’s trip comes at a time when ties between the US and the GCC are stronger than ever both commercially and culturally. Asked about any commercial interaction during Kerry’s visit to Riyadh, Saud Al-Suwaileh, a spokesman of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council, said there will be no commercial meeting during the visit.
Before the visit, the US State Department said Kerry would meet with the Saudi leadership and discuss our cooperation on a broad range of shared concerns.”

Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa distributes aid packets among poor families in Comoros. (SPA)
Updated 27 April 2018

Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

  • The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032
  • The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago

Comoros’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hamid Karhila, has commended the development efforts carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) in his country. 

He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the MWL for its initiative launched by Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.

Karhila said during a visit to the headquarters of the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD): “The new Comorian government aims to keep this cooperation with the MWL. This would help achieve more developmental and humanitarian projects that serve the Comorian people.”

Secretary-General of the IARCD Abdul Aziz Sarhan said: “The Muslim World League will continue to provide assistance and stand with the needy in all countries around the world.”

Sarhan said that the association carried out various humanitarian, medical and relief projects in the Comoros at a cost of SR10,916,645. These projects benefited 1,104,969 people between 2006 and 2017.

The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032, which benefited 971,333 people. 

The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago. These institutes graduated thousands of students who occupy some of the highest positions in the Republic of the Comoros.

The MWL is also building a mosque at a cost of SR200,000 and working on the construction of an artesian well that cost SR130,000, as well as two surface wells at a cost of SR20,000.