Saudi Arabia gifts Qur’an to thousands at global book fair

The book fair in Indonesia kicked off on Sept. 4 and will conclude on Sept. 8. (SPA)
Updated 09 September 2019

Saudi Arabia gifts Qur’an to thousands at global book fair

  • The Kingdom’s outstanding achievements in serving pilgrims will be the topic of some other works to be put on display in the pavilion

RIYADH: Thousands of copies of the Holy Qur’an have been gifted to visitors flocking to the Kingdom’s pavilion at the ongoing International Book Fair in Indonesia, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
More than 10,000 copies of the Qur’an printed in Indonesian by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an were handed out.
The King Fahd Complex seeks to teach, print and distribute the Qur’an to Muslims in various cultural forums around the world. A total of 319,477,346 books and other publications have been distributed since the complex was established in 1984.
The Kingdom’s outstanding achievements in serving pilgrims will be the topic of some other works to be put on display in the pavilion, in addition to other scientific publications in various Islamic sciences, aiming at acquainting visitors to the Kingdom’s noble mission in spreading the true message of Islam that calls for moderation, tolerance, and the rejection of extremism.
The participation of the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in the book fair aims to share experiences with the various participating publishing houses and scientific centers, and to support everything that serves Islamic work in general and advocacy in particular.
The book fair in Indonesia kicked off on Sept. 4 and will conclude on Sept. 8. 


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.