Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu sign agreement in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu sign agreement in Tirana. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu sign agreement in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu sign agreement in Tirana. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu sign agreement in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu sign agreement in Tirana. (SPA)
Albania’s Grand Mufti and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu honors Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
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Albania’s Grand Mufti and chairman of the Muslim Community Bujar Spahiu honors Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh tours a Sharia secondary school in Tirana and meets with teachers and students. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Albanian Parliament Speaker Lindita Nikolla in Tirana. (SPA)
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Updated 28 October 2021

Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties
  • Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs and Albania’a Grand Mufti signed a cooperation agreement in the field of Islamic affairs
  • He also visited a Sharia secondary school in Tirana

TIRANA: The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh met the speaker of the parliament of Albania, Lindita Nikolla, in Tirana on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Nikolla stressed the strength and the depth of the relations that bind her country with the Kingdom.
She praised the great development and openness to the world that the Kingdom enjoys thanks to the efforts of its leadership.
Nikolla hoped for further cooperation between the two countries in various fields, expressing her wish to visit Saudi Arabia soon.
She also commended the cooperation between the Islamic Sheikhdom of Albania and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance in all areas of common concern.
Al-Asheikh stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to build and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation with Albania in relation to Islamic affairs.
He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and their sincere wishes to the government and the Albanian people for greater progress and peaceful living.
He said that “the Kingdom, under its leadership, aspires to build bridges of communication and enhance means of cooperation to achieve mutual interest of both countries.
“The Kingdom’s message is clear and simple: To show that Islam is the religion of tolerance, beauty and moderation.”
During his visit, Al-Asheikh also signed and executive program for cooperation in the field of Islamic affairs with the Grand Mufti of Albania and chairman od the Muslim Community, Bujar Spahiu.
The program includes holding three scientific courses in qualifying preachers, imams, and muezzins in Albania, to introduce Islam, explain its virtues and tolerance, fight extremism, and state its position on contemporary issues.
Spahiu also awarded Al-Asheikh for his efforts in spreading moderation during the signing ceremony.
He also visited a Sharia secondary school in Tirana, toured it’s facilities and listened to a brief explanation of it’s history and the services it provides for Albanian children.
He also met with teachers and a number of students, and stressed the importance of understanding Islam and its approach based on moderation in all affairs.
On Tuesday, Albanian President Ilir Meta met the visiting Saudi minister.
During the meeting, the president praised the Kingdom’s role in supporting Albania in the most difficult situations. He also praised the great Islamic values that the Kingdom calls for and the cooperation with his country to promote them.


French culture minister visits historic Jeddah

French culture minister visits historic Jeddah
Updated 04 December 2021

French culture minister visits historic Jeddah

French culture minister visits historic Jeddah
  • Bachelot toured various old parts of Jeddah, known locally as Al-Balad
  • The minister also visited Beit Nassif and Al-Shafei Mosque

JEDDAH: French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot visited Jeddah on Saturday during her visit to Saudi Arabia.  

Bachelot toured various old parts of the city, known locally as Al-Balad, visiting its historic houses and viewing authentic building patterns reflecting the identity and heritage of the region.  

The minister also visited Beit Nassif and Al-Shafei Mosque, where she was briefed on the various facilities, neighborhoods and landmarks that still exist today, and listened to an explanation about the excavation of antiquities carried out across Jeddah. 

Al-Balad, downtown Jeddah and the Gate to Makkah, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Last month, Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan praised the strong relations between the Kingdom and France, including their respective cultural heritages, during his meeting with Bachelot in Paris.

The prince discussed ways to strengthen cultural cooperation between the two countries, including through exchange programs and the Historic Jeddah Revival Project, in addition to research and capabilities development.


Saudi crown prince, French president, and Lebanese PM hold telephone call

Saudi crown prince, French president, and Lebanese PM  hold telephone call
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Saudi crown prince, French president, and Lebanese PM hold telephone call

Saudi crown prince, French president, and Lebanese PM  hold telephone call
  • PM expressed Lebanon's appreciation for efforts made by Kingdom and France to stand by Lebanese people
  • Mikati: Government committed to taking all action that would strengthen relations with Kingdom and GCC

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's crown prince and France's president held a telephone call with Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday.

During the phone call, Najib Mikati expressed Lebanon's appreciation for the great efforts made by the Kingdom and France to stand by the Lebanese people.

He added that his government was committed to taking all action that would strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council countries and rejects everything that would harm their security and stability.

The three countries agreed to work together to support comprehensive reforms necessary in Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia and France emphasized their keenness on the establishment of security and stability in Lebanon.

French President Emmanuel Macron met Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Al-Salam palace in Jeddah on Saturday during the final leg of his two-day Gulf tour.


Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 04 December 2021

Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 539,011
  • A total of 8,842 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced two deaths from COVID-19 and 29 new infections on Saturday.

Of the new cases, nine were recorded in Riyadh, seven in  Jeddah, three in Makkah, two in Taif, and two in Dhahran. Several other cities recorded one new case each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 539,011 after 21 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,842 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 47.6 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


French President Macron meets Saudi crown prince in final Gulf stop

French President Macron meets Saudi crown prince in final Gulf stop
Updated 04 December 2021

French President Macron meets Saudi crown prince in final Gulf stop

French President Macron meets Saudi crown prince in final Gulf stop

RIYADH: French President Emmanuel Macron was received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Al-Salam palace in Jeddah on Saturday .

The two leaders dicussed bilateral cooperation and issues of interest in the region, and the crown prince hosted a working lunch for the president.

The lunch was also attended by the Crown Prince of Bahrain Prince Salman bin Hamad.

Macron arrived in Jeddah earlier and was received at the airport by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and royal advisor. 

The visit is part of Macron’s Gulf tour, during which he is visiting Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar between Dec. 3 and 4. 

Saudi and French firms are expected to discuss cooperation in several fields including energy, finance and tourism.  

Speaking to the press in Dubai, Macron said Saudi Arabia, the most populated and most powerful country in the Gulf, held the key to preserving peace and stability in the Middle East, and also in the French endeavor to assist Lebanon.


Saudi aid agency discusses education efforts at UN conference

Dr. Hana Salem highlighted the efforts made by Saudi Arabia  to support education. (SPA)
Dr. Hana Salem highlighted the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to support education. (SPA)
Updated 04 December 2021

Saudi aid agency discusses education efforts at UN conference

Dr. Hana Salem highlighted the efforts made by Saudi Arabia  to support education. (SPA)
  • The conference tackled the importance of improving the quality of education, spreading knowledge, exchanging experiences and innovation in times of crisis

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center recently participated virtually in the “Leaving No One Behind: Benefiting from Innovation to Access Quality Education and Information” conference.

This comes within the framework of the annual program “Innovate Now … Live Tomorrow” and the Regional Digital Inclusion Week for Arab States organized by the International Telecommunication Union and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Speakers from the regional offices of UNESCO and concerned authorities participated in the two-day conference.

During the conference, KSrelief was represented by the director of the community support department, Dr. Hana Salem, who highlighted the efforts made by the Kingdom to support education — 89 educational projects were presented in more than 14 countries, at a budget amounting to nearly $200 million.

She touched on the educational projects provided during the coronavirus disease pandemic, indicating that the center works closely with local and international organizations to meet people’s needs and search for appropriate and sustainable solutions to ensure access to education.

She also stressed the center’s keenness to support innovation in educational projects.

For his part, the head of initiatives at the International Telecommunication Union, Alex Wong, discussed the Giga initiative, which aims to connect every school to the internet and ensure access to education for every child.

The conference tackled the importance of improving the quality of education, spreading knowledge, exchanging experiences and innovation in times of crisis, especially in light of the challenges the world is witnessing during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on education.

It also touched on the use of artificial intelligence systems in education and intellectual property rights and the importance of developing educational cadres to keep pace with the need in digital education.