Hisham: Arab lead­ers’ vis­its proof of Is­lamic unity

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KUALA LUMPUR: The re­cent state vis­its by Arab lead­ers to Malaysia are proof of the govern­ment’s agenda to unite the Is­lamic world by pro­mot­ing the true im­age of Is­lam, said a se­nior min­is­ter yes­ter­day.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said this af­ter de­scrib­ing Bahrain’s King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa’s four-day state visit to Malaysia as “very suc­cess­ful”.

“King Ha­mad’s visit last week was seen as a link­ing up of like­minded peo­ple to pro­mote tol­er­ance, mod­er­a­tion and har­mony.

“That is very im­por­tant in a di­vided world with a skewed per­cep­tion of Is­lam at the mo­ment,” said Hisham­mud­din.

Hisham­mud­din, who is also Umno vice-pres­i­dent, said this dur­ing an in­ter­view in con­junc­tion with Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at the De­fence Min­istry here yes­ter­day.

He said Saudi Ara­bia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani would also con­duct state vis­its to Malaysia soon.

“The Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice will an­nounce an­other very im­por­tant visit in the near fu­ture.”

He said the soon-to-be es­tab­lished King Sal­man Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Peace (KSCIP) was made pos­si­ble fol­low­ing the ruler’s visit to the coun­try in March.

“So, what we have here in Malaysia is strength. It’s im­pos­si­ble that they (Arab lead­ers) would come to Malaysia if what our de­trac­tors are claim­ing is true.

“I haven’t even men­tioned our (strong) re­la­tion­ship with the United States and China,” he said, adding that the global com­mu­nity ap­pre­ci­ated Malaysia’s strug­gle to pro­mote peace.

“And, part of that strug­gle comes from Umno’s 71 years of ex­is­tence.”

Hisham­mud­din later re­ceived a cour­tesy call from United Arab Emi­rates am­bas­sador to Malaysia Khalid Ghanim Mo­ham­mad AlGhaith at his of­fice.

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein (right) re­ceiv­ing a cour­tesy call from UAE am­bas­sador to Malaysia Khalid Ghanim Mo­ham­mad Al-Ghaith in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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