Saudi Arabia's World Center for Dialogue launches Islamic-Jewish council to fight extremism in Europe

Muslim pilgrims perform Haj tasks in the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2015. REUTERS
Updated 10 October 2018

Saudi Arabia's World Center for Dialogue launches Islamic-Jewish council to fight extremism in Europe

  • The King Abdullah Center for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Cultures said it launched a European dialogue platform
  • The platform aims to contribute to consolidating coexistence and combating intolerance

JEDDAH: The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz World Center for Dialogue has announced the formation of what it called an Islamic-Jewish council aimed at promoting coexistence and fighting extremism.

The King Abdullah Center for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Cultures said it launched a European dialogue platform that brings together members of Islamic and Jewish institutions in Europe.

The platform aims to contribute to consolidating coexistence and combating intolerance and hatred in European societies, by promoting safe living under a common citizenship, a statement by the Saudi Press Agency said.

A meeting held under the auspices of the King Abdullah World Center for Dialogue took place on Monday with participation of the European Council, the Municipality of Amsterdam and a number of international institutions.

It was co-opened by the Secretary-General of the Center Faisal bin Muammar and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European Parliament.

Muammar praised Amsterdam's long-standing commitment to diversity and co-existence, in his address to the audience.

He hailed the participation of Amsterdam in this Council, saying it fills a large gap in European relations between followers of different religions.

The step comes within the framework of the King Abdullah World Center for Dialogue to launch platforms, in different parts of the world to build bridges of communication between individuals from diverse religions.

The Center is an international organization established by Saudi Arabia, with the participation of Austria and Spain, as well as the Vatican, as a founding member of the Observatory, in 2012. It aims to foster dialogue and coexistence, respect for diversity, building of bridges of cooperation and understanding among diverse communities.

The Center's work is organized by an administrative board of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu executives.


Saudi Arabia announces 37 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 09 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 37 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 252,039
  • A total of 3,167 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 37 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,428 new cases of the disease on Sunday.
Of the new cases, 125 were recorded in Makkah, 106 in the capital Riyadh, 68 in Hufof, 59 in Jazan and 57 in Jeddah.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 252,039 after 1,599 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 3,167 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.