Marriage of teens aged 16 and 15 sparks controversy

Updated 08 April 2016
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Marriage of teens aged 16 and 15 sparks controversy

JEDDAH: There has been heated debate on Twitter over the marriage of a 16-year-old Tabuk youth and his 15-year-old cousin, with some declaring it courageous while others arguing that they are too young.
However, the father of the groom, Ali Al-Qaisi, said that his son wanted to marry. “I am confident that he can handle this responsibility. I trust him very much and depend on him to manage the affairs of the house in my absence.”
Speaking to a local publication, Al-Qaisi said he was married when he was 17 years old, which did not stop him from completing his studies and finding a job. “This is not contrary to Islamic law. And his cousin, the bride, is also able to assume this responsibility,” he said.
The teenagers live in a separate section of Al-Qaisi’s big house. The groom said he was not contravening Islamic law and that his union was blessed by his parents. He had initially raised controversy when he sent out invitations to his school friends stating that he was going to get married.


Sarajevo eager to see stronger ties with Riyadh, Bosnian House speaker tells Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman meets students at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Sarajevo. (SPA)
Updated 19 July 2018
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Sarajevo eager to see stronger ties with Riyadh, Bosnian House speaker tells Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman met Speaker Safet Softic in Sarajevo on Thursday to discuss further co-operation between their countries

The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Prince Sultan bin Salman, met the speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo to discuss further co-operation between the nations.

The meeting came on the sidelines of Prince Sultan’s official visit to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia’s speaker of the House of Peoples, Safet Softic, said: “The visit of a senior Saudi official to Bosnia is a sign that communication between the two countries is constantly growing and improving.”

Softic was eager to see economic relations between Bosnia and the Kingdom become as strong as political and humanitarian relations between them.

Prince Sultan said: “It is our religious and humanitarian duty to support Bosnia, and King Salman has given special attention to Bosnia’s cause since the war started in the days of the late King Fahd and until justice was achieved and the war ended with Saudi Arabia’s support.”

The SCTH chief explained that Saudi Arabia is investing in Bosnia’s future as a country located in the heart of Europe with a future in the European market.

Prince Sultan also visited the King Fahd Cultural Center in Sarajevo. He praised the center, saying it is one of the largest and most important support projects provided by the Kingdom to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

King Salman “attended the opening ceremony of the center,” said Prince Sultan, who was accompanied by the Saudi ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The center should be a cultural addition to the culture prevailing here.”