DiplomaticQuarter: Pakistan envoy, KFCRIS chief discuss stronger ties

Pakistan Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz meets Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, in Riyadh. (Supplied)
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Updated 10 September 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: Pakistan envoy, KFCRIS chief discuss stronger ties

RIYADH: Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz called on Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), in Riyadh to discuss mutual cooperation.
“During the meeting, activities and goals of the center and matters of mutual interest came under discussion,” the envoy said.
“The objective was to find ways for better coordination and collaboration between the two sides,” he told Arab News.
KFCRIS is well known for its research work and as a think tank, the envoy added.
He said discussions also focused on developments in both countries and geopolitics, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
CPEC, a collection of infrastructure projects with economic and strategic importance for Pakistan, is considered a game-changer because it will link China with markets in South Asia and Central Asia.
“So the meeting was for better collaboration, exchange of speakers and experts, and for mutual benefits,” said the ambassador.
KFCRIS was established to continue the mission of the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz (1906-1975) in transmitting knowledge between the Kingdom and the rest of the world, the ambassador said.
The center serves as a platform for research bringing together researchers and institutions to preserve, publish and produce scholastic work, he added.
The envoy said the center aims to expand the scope of literature and research to highlight the contribution of Muslim societies in humanities, social sciences, literature, and arts and culture — historically and currently.
 


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.