King Salman tells moderate Islam conference that Saudi Arabia has fought ‘extremism, violence and terrorism’

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The king said the world today is in serious need of a role model, and Muslims could answer that call. (SPA)
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The king said the world today is in serious need of a role model, and Muslims could answer that call. (SPA)
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The king said the world today is in serious need of a role model, and Muslims could answer that call. (SPA)
Updated 28 May 2019

King Salman tells moderate Islam conference that Saudi Arabia has fought ‘extremism, violence and terrorism’

  • At a Muslim World League conference in Makkah, king calls for an end to racist and xenophobic speech
  • Saudi Arabia is committed to 'spreading peace and co-existence'

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has fought against extremism with “determination and decisiveness,” King Salman told a Muslim World League (MWL) conference on Monday. 

In an address to the MWL’s conference in Makkah on moderate Islam, the king called for an end to racist and xenophobic speech.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned and fought all forms of extremism, violence and terrorism, with ideology, determination and decisiveness, and has opposed any identification with them,” the king said in a speech delivered on his behalf by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Saudi Arabia is committed to “spreading peace and coexistence and has established international intellectual platforms and centers to promote these principles,” the king said.   

“We reiterate our invitation to stop the racist and xenophobic speech from whatever source and under any pretext whatsoever,” he added.

FASTFACT

 

● King calls for an end to racist and xenophobic speech.

● The conference marks the start of several major regional summits in the Kingdom this week.

● Participants will discuss religious pluralism and cultural communication, and the common values in contemporary international relations.

The king said the world today is in serious need of a role model and that Muslims can help spread the good values in the world.

The MWL, an international nongovernmental Islamic organization, based in Makkah, is holding the “Moderation and Indications” conference for four days.  The event is being attended by dignitaries, scholars, senior officials and leading thinkers from the Muslim world.

The conference marks the start of several major regional summits in the Kingdom this week. They include emergency meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League convened by Saudi Arabia to discuss the heightened tensions in the region with Iran.




Participants at the start Monday of the Muslim World League Conference in Makkah. (SPA photo)

The event will discuss topics including “Moderation in Islamic History and Jurisprudence Heritage” and “Neutral Speeches and the Contemporary Age” under the theme of “Moderation Between Authenticity and Modernity.

Other topics will include “Differences and the Culture of Moderation” and “Practical Programs to Promote Moderation Among Youth.”

The fifth session of the conference will focus on “Moderation and the Message of Civilized Communication.” Participants will discuss religious pluralism and cultural communication, and the common values in contemporary international relations.

 


Exhibition showing art by Graffiti artist Banksy opens Riyadh

A recent artwork believed to be attributed to British activist-artist Banksy is pictured in Paris, France, June 25, 2018. (Reuters)
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Exhibition showing art by Graffiti artist Banksy opens Riyadh

  • The show, “The Art of Banksy ‘Without Limits,’” will open at the King Abdullah Financial Center
  • The exhibition has already stopped in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin and Paris

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to host an exhibition showcasing work from the British graffiti artist Banksy.

The show, “The Art of Banksy ‘Without Limits,’” will open at the King Abdullah Financial Center in Riyadh on Feb. 20.

It will be the first time the works have been shown in the Middle East.

Around 70 artworks from Banksy will be shown at the exhibition using photographs and various printed materials, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The artist, whose true identity remains a mystery, became a global phenomenon through using his distinctive style and often humorous to portray social issues.

The exhibition will also include visuals, theatrical effects and a documentary on the artist and his work. 

“The Art of Banksy is meant to celebrate Banksy’s art and drive his message of hope and humanity to the world,” according to the organizers. 

The exhibition has already stopped in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin and Paris.

Banksy is known for using his graffiti to make political statements and has produced a number of pieces in the occupied Palestinian territories, including a satirical drawing on the Israeli barrier wall built through the West Bank.

In 2017, the artist opened “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, which overlooks the barrier and is filled with his work.