Very interesting article

Updated 07 December 2012
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Very interesting article

I read with interest all the articles by Farouk Luqman in his column, “People & Places,” which is published every week in the Arab News But one on Muammar Qaddafi was very interesting. It is really fascinating to read the language you use to describe the meetings with the high profile personalities in various parts of the world.

It was news to me to learn that the author hails from Aden. Although I am from Sri Lanka, my ancestors too came from south Yemen. I am the seventh in the line to be born in the island nation.

The first to step on to the soil of Sri Lanka from Hadhramouth, located in south Yemen, was one Seyed Abdullah, who belonged to the Jamalul Lail tribe. He lived and died in the southern part of Sri Lanka in a place called Weligama, a coastal town. Seyed Alavi Moulana, who hails from the same tribe, is the current governor of the Western Province, where the capital Colombo is situated.

He has also served as the labor minister in the central government of the country.
May Allah bless you with more strength to your elbow to entertain your ardent readers like me. — Seyed Hamid Moulana, Riyadh


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia