Religious efforts at Prophet’s Mosque during the Saudi era highlighted

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman attends the symposium titled ‘Religious efforts exerted at the Prophet’s Mosque during the Saudi era’ at the King Salman International Conference Center in Madinah. (SPA)
Updated 17 May 2019

Religious efforts at Prophet’s Mosque during the Saudi era highlighted

The Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud International Prize for the Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies organized a symposium on Thursday, called “Religious efforts exerted at the Prophet’s Mosque during the Saudi era.” 

Run in partnership with the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, under the patronage of King Salman, the two-day symposium is being held at the King Salman International Conference Center, in the presence of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif, who is also chairman of the supreme commission of the prize, and Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman.

The head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, Mohamed Hussein Al-Mahrsawy, delivered the keynote speech, in which he said: “The symposium comes in the context of the Kingdom’s interest in the Two Holy Mosques, and its role in spreading moderation in Islam, correcting misconceptions, fostering competitive spirit among researchers and enriching the Islamic library.”

The secretary-general of the prize, Dr. Saed Al-Harthi, also delivered a speech, in which he said:  “Saudi Arabia and its leaders were honored with the gift of serving the Two Holy Mosques, their visitors and pilgrims. The Kingdom’s interest is not limited to the care of the mosques, but extends to education through lectures, courses and seminars organized by the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques. This symposium was organized to highlight the Kingdom’s mission toward Islam and Muslims.”

He extended thanks and appreciation to the king for patronizing the symposium, and to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Saud for their support.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said: “This blessed symposium embodies our leaders’ interest in the Two Holy Mosques, and reflects their concern to take care of them, serve Islam and Muslims, and achieve worldwide security and peace.”


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.