Muslim World League chief meets with Austrian, Spanish diplomats

MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa meets Austrian Ambassador Georg Postinger in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 23 June 2019

Muslim World League chief meets with Austrian, Spanish diplomats

RIYADH: Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa received the Austrian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Georg Postinger in his office in Riyadh.

The importance of benefiting from common human values to promote the values of harmony between nations and peoples and understand the nature of cultural diversity was discussed at the meeting.

The Austrian ambassador praised the efforts of the MWL in establishing the values of tolerance and harmony between followers of religions and cultures and called on the MWL to continue its contributions in raising awareness of the dangers of extremism and hate speech.

Earlier, Al-Issa met the Spanish government’s envoy to the Middle East, Eva Martinez, accompanied by Ambassador of Spain to the Kingdom Alvaro Iranzo.

The meeting discussed constructive dialogue and bridging different cultures and ethnicities according to the concepts of awareness, which represent common human values.

Al-Issa praised the policy of harmony and coexistence and the good treatment of Muslims in Spain.

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah