OIC calls on Afghans to end violence

OIC calls on Afghans to end violence
Dr. Youssef Al-Othaimeen. (SPA)
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Updated 24 November 2020

OIC calls on Afghans to end violence

OIC calls on Afghans to end violence
  • The OIC secretary-general called on all member states to play their role in helping Afghans reach a political solution

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday called on all Afghan parties to put an immediate end to violence and work together for reconciliation and lasting peace.
OIC Secretary-General Dr. Youssef Al-Othaimeen reiterated the organization’s firm commitment to assisting the Afghan people in their efforts to achieve comprehensive national reconciliation. He vowed to help the Afghans achieve stability in their country.
Al-Othaimeen urged Afghanistan’s international partners to support the war-torn country at this critical stage.
He underscored the resolutions issued by the OIC summits and the Council of Foreign Ministers. The OIC chief also highlighted the importance of the Makkah Declaration issued by the International Ulema Conference for Peace and Security in Afghanistan held in 2018.
It called for a national dialogue to resolve all differences among various Afghan factions.
The OIC secretary-general called on all member states to play their role in helping Afghans reach a political solution. He stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve all issues amicably and in accordance with the teachings of Islam.  The OIC chief denounced all acts of violence and urged all stakeholders to exercise restraint to achieve peace and contribute to the development and prosperity of the country.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.