Russian official praises MWL chief’s humanitarian role

Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council, described the conference on Islam currently being organized by the MWL in Russia as historic. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2019

Russian official praises MWL chief’s humanitarian role

  • Matviyenko described the conference on Islam currently being organized by the MWL in Russia as historic

MOSCOW: Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council, on Monday received Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), in Moscow.

They discussed the importance of Islam in Russia, and the examples of coexistence and harmony set by the country’s Muslims.

They also discussed positive national integration in societies, and the characteristics that Russia possesses in this regard.

They discussed the importance of maintaining diversity in societies and employing it as a force for growth, while fighting and criminalizing hostile practices such as incitement to hatred and extremism.

Matviyenko described the conference on Islam currently being organized by the MWL in Russia as historic, and the first of its kind among international conferences hosted by the country.

Addressing Al-Issa, she said: “I’m sure that you’re playing an important humanitarian role, and acting as an international spiritual authority worthy of appreciation for its Islamic status.”

Matviyenko added that Islam is an important element of Russian culture, as Muslims have contributed throughout history to the country’s growth and rise.  

She said various religious groups in Russia are experiencing a remarkable revival, and this diversity has to be protected and turned into a force for growth.

“We offer you all the capabilities, services and assistance to promote the concepts of national integration, and we’ll make every effort to cooperate to eliminate extremism and hatred, which breed violence and terrorism,” she added.

“Russian law criminalizes these practices and punishes them, and we always seek to combat them.”

She said the conference’s participants will see in Russia the concepts of positive national integration by the country’s various religions and ethnicities.


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.