Kingdom to build 10 mosques in Maldives

Updated 03 March 2014

Kingdom to build 10 mosques in Maldives

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, has pledged to build 10 world-class mosques in Maldives, an island nation in Asia that is closely working with Saudi Arabia in the field of Islamic affairs.
“Crown Prince Salman also donated $1 million to the Maldivian Ministry of Islamic Affairs for various projects,” said Sheikh Mohammed Shaheen Ali Saeed, Maldivian minister of Islamic Affairs, via phone from Male on Saturday.
Minister Saeed said “the crown prince also donated $1.5 million for financing health projects in this Asian Islamic nation.”
This is in addition to the aid announced by the crown prince for the education sector, said the Maldivian minister, who left Male for Makkah on Saturday to attend a conference on Islamic solidarity.
The three-day conference, to be inaugurated Sunday, is being organized by the Makkah-based Muslim World League.
Spelling out the details of the projects in Maldives being funded by Saudi Arabia, Saeed, who held talks with Crown Prince Salman, pointed out that the crown prince assured all-out support to the Islamic Affairs Ministry in particular and to the Maldives in general.
The crown prince also extended an invitation to the Maldivian minister to visit Saudi Arabia and to discuss ways and means to bolster ties “in matters related to religion and education.”
He said that his ministry would be announcing the locations of the proposed mosques to be funded by Crown Prince Salman in the near future. “We also sought cooperation from the Kingdom’s leadership in areas such as Haj affairs, the establishment of ‘awqaf’ and a center for Qur’anic studies,” said Saeed, while referring to the policies and programs of the Maldives Islamic ministry for the current year.
The Maldives, which is spread over 1,200 islands, officially declared itself an Islamic state in 1997.
The country requires mosques to be built on every inhabited island. The capital, Male, currently has over 30 mosques. The most recognizable is the Islamic Center in Male, whose golden dome dominates the low-slung skyline. Equally stunning is the ornate Hukuru Miskiiy, or “Friday Mosque,” which was built in 1675.
According to reports published in section of press, Crown Prince Salman will return to the Kingdom after holidaying for a few days in Maldives.
It was not immediately known whether the two sides discussed the Maldivian proposal that seeks $300 million in soft credit line facility from the Kingdom. The idea to generate funds from Saudi Arabia to meet the budgetary shortfall of that Asian nation was first discussed during the visit of former Maldivian President Mamoun Abdul Gayoom to Riyadh last year.

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.