Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Russian officials discuss broadening ties

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Al-Othaimeen noted the importance of promoting Russian ties with the Muslim world. (SPA)
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Al-Othaimeen noted the importance of promoting Russian ties with the Muslim world. (SPA)
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Al-Othaimeen noted the importance of promoting Russian ties with the Muslim world. (SPA)
Updated 08 November 2019

Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Russian officials discuss broadening ties

  • The meeting discussed topics related to broadening cooperation between Russia and OIC in intellectual, cultural and media-related fields

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, met Sheikh Rawi Eineddine, head of the Russian Council of Muftis in Jeddah to discuss their continuing cooperation.
Al-Othaimeen noted the importance of promoting Russian ties with the Muslim world, with more than 25 million Muslims living in Russia, a multi-societal, religious and cultural environment known for diversity and tolerance.
The meeting discussed topics related to broadening cooperation between Russia and OIC in intellectual, cultural and media-related fields through the implementation of a joint program that includes events and activities that bring Russia and the Muslim world closer and show the real image of moderate Islam. 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

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King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.