Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Florida shooting does not represent tolerant values of Saudis

The Secretary-General of the OIC, Yousef Al-Othaimeen, offered condolences to the families of the victims and expressed his wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured. (Screenshot)
Updated 08 December 2019

Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Florida shooting does not represent tolerant values of Saudis

  • Muslim World League said the attack was 'a horrific crime'

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Muslim World League (MWL) condemned the attack in Florida that killed three and injured several others on Friday.  

The shooting by a member of the Saudi military took place at the US naval base in Pensacola, Florida. The attacker, who had been an aviation student at the base, was shot and killed by police.

The OIC issued a statement stressing that the shooter did not represent the tolerant Islamic values of the Saudi people and all Muslims who believe in “tolerance and moderation.”

The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa said that the attack was “a horrific crime” that “represents only the criminal inclinations of its perpetrator, and that Islam and all Muslims are innocent of it.”

He added that criminal behaviour does not have a religion or nationality, and that the attack has upset everyone. He also said that the the American nation is respected and held in high esteem. 

The secretary-generals of the OIC and the MWL offered their condolences to the families of the victims and said they hoped those injured would get better soon.


UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

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UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

  • Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches
  • She holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde

RIYADH: Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Dr. Amal bint Jameel Fatani as cultural attaché to the UK.

Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches by the Saudi Minister of Education Dr.Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheik earlier this month.

Ambassador Neil Crompton tweeted Thursday: “#Congratulations to Dr Fatani @FataniAmal for her appointment as Cultural Attaché to the #UK. Delighted she is a UK alumni herself. Wishing her the very best in her new role and looking forward to strengthening the people to people links between the UK and Saudi Arabia.”

Fatani holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde. She obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University (KSU), where she is currently an associate professor.

She has previously worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and KSU, and was among the first female pharmacy graduates in the Kingdom.

After receiving her doctorate she was appointed vice chair of the pharmacology and toxicology department. She is the first female dean of the nine scientific and medical colleges, and has worked with the rector, deputies, and deans of male colleges to build a unified strategic plan for gaining accreditation, a higher global ranking, and implementing best international practices in higher education.

Saudi Arabia and the UK have an important and long-standing relationship, strengthened through the strong individual connections that Saudis enjoy with the UK through their attendance at academic institutions. Hundreds of Saudi scholarship students have graduated from top UK educational institutions.

The two countries are key strategic partners in the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and have reaffirmed their commitment to building and developing trade and investment as well as achieving shared prosperity for their citizens.