Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Russian grand mufti

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Sheikh Nafiullah Ashyrov, grand mufti and head of the Central Religious Department of the Muslims of the Asian Section in the Russian Federation, in Cairo on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2019

Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Russian grand mufti

Sheikh Nafiullah Ashyrov, grand mufti and head of the Central Religious Department of the Muslims of the Asian Section in the Russian Federation, called on Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh at his residence in Cairo on Tuesday. 

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 30th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf.

The Saudi minister affirmed the keenness of Saudi leadership in playing a role in uniting the ranks of Muslims. Al-Asheikh said the meeting aims to strengthen communication with influencers in the Muslim world to exchange views and increase cooperation.

Sheikh Ashyrov praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to serve Muslims all over the world. The Russian Muslim scholar condemned the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities. He said targeting the Kingdom is targeting all Muslims around the world.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.