OIC team’s visit to Colombo delayed

Updated 25 December 2014
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OIC team’s visit to Colombo delayed

The scheduled visit of an OIC team to Colombo to prepare for its secretary-general’s visit has been postponed on account of the island’s presidential elections, according to sources from the Sri Lankan Embassy here.
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani was to visit Sri Lanka early next year on an invitation from the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and an advance team of four members from the OIC was to visit the island in preparation for the secretary general’s visit.
This was the first time that arrangements for such a high-level visit from the OIC were announced six weeks ago, embassy sources said.
The island’s ambassador, Mohammed Hussein Mohamed met Madani in Jeddah to discuss the program of the secretary-general’s visit to Colombo.
The four-member delegation from the OIC was expected to chalk out the secretary-general’s program in coordination with the ministry of external affairs in Colombo.
Arab News learned that in addition to his meeting with the country’s president, Madani would hold meetings with religious organizations in Sri Lanka to get first hand knowledge of the current position of the minorities on the island.
Earlier, the OIC, the Jeddah-based organization and parent body of 57 member countries, expressed its concerns over the escalating ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka, which has affected the Muslim community and its businesses on the island.


FaceOf: Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, Saudi ambassador to Bahrain

Updated 18 September 2018
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FaceOf: Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, Saudi ambassador to Bahrain

  • Al-Sheikh holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana, US
  • Al-Sheikh was also director of the department of field medicine in the General Administration of Medical Services

Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh has been Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Bahrain since 2013.

A new Saudi-Bahrain bridge is underway to link the two nations with two railways, the first for passenger trains and the other for cargo.

Al-Sheikh said the tender for implementation of the King Hamad bin Issa Bridge will be submitted in six months, with implementation expected by mid-2021, and it will take about three years to be completed.

“The bridge project will cost between $3 billion and $4 billion. It will serve as a new link between the two countries and contribute to the development of trade in all fields, extending its influence to strengthen the economies of the Gulf countries,” he was quoted as saying by Al-Arabiya.

Al-Sheikh holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana, US. He received a master’s degree in engineering and construction from Fort Leonard Wood, a US Army installation in Missouri. He also holds a Ph.D. in human resource management from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

He occupied several engineering positions, including the management of engineering divisions and projects in the General Directorate of Military Works. He also managed technical planning and development at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh.

Al-Sheikh was also director of the department of field medicine in the General Administration of Medical Services and his duties included field supervision of medical campaigns and relief inside and outside the Kingdom, in areas such as Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey under the umbrella of the Saudi Red Crescent.