Kingdom, Japan mark 60 years of fruitful ties

Updated 02 September 2015
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Kingdom, Japan mark 60 years of fruitful ties

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and Japan are this year marking their 60th anniversary, with growing cultural and business relations.

Consul General Matahiro Yamaguchi met recently with Arab News Editor in Chief Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi at the newspaper’s offices and said that interaction between the two nations go back over a century.
“Japan and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic relationships in June 1955. This year remarks the 60th anniversary of this great event. The exchanges between Japan and Saudi Arabia can be traced back to the year 1909,” the Japanese consul general said in a statement.
“This strategic relationship between the two friendly countries is based on mutual respect and common interests. The deep friendship between the two royal families, mutual visits of officials and business sector people and Saudi students in Japan greatly contribute to the progress and development of the bilateral relations.”
Yamaguchi said more than 95 Japanese companies are working in Saudi Arabia, with 40 active in the Western Region. Japan is the Kingdom’s third-largest trading partner. The volume of foreign trade between the two countries last year amounted to $56 billion. The Kingdom is considered Japan’s biggest oil exporter. Japan is ranked fifth in terms of direct foreign investment in the Kingdom with an estimated $15 billion.
“Japan is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in all infrastructure projects including metro projects, renewable energy, investments, scholarship and youth exchange programs, and vocational training.”
The consul general was accompanied by his adviser Mohamed Omer Elfaki. Senior editors from the newspaper joined the informal discussions.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.