Saudi govern­ment, peo­ple proud to cre­ate part­ner­ships with Mus­lims all over the word: Is­lamic min­is­ter

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SAO PAULO, Brazil: Saudi Min­is­ter of Is­lamic Af­fairs, Call and Guid­ance Saleh Al-Asheikh said the Saudi govern­ment and peo­ple are proud to com­mu­ni­cate and cre­ate part­ner­ships with Mus­lims all over the world, no­tably Latin Amer­ica, in serv­ing Is­lam and strength­en­ing the mod­er­ate ap­proach of Is­lam.

The min­is­ter’s re­marks came at the open­ing of the 30th ses­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Mus­lims which started in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday. The min­istry’s un­der­sec­re­tary, Sheikh Ab­dul­rah­man bin Ghan­nam Al-Ghan­nam, who is lead­ing Saudi del­e­ga­tion at the con­fer­ence, ad­dressed the con­fer­ence on be­half of the min­is­ter.

He said the King­dom used to sup­port the mod­er­ate Is­lamic ap­proach which com­bines preser­va­tion of orig­i­nal­ity and con­stant Is­lamic teach­ings; pro­motes good deal­ing with Mus­lim and nonMus­lims, ir­re­spec­tive of their sects and re­li­gions; strives for pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion in serv­ing the se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and co­ex­is­tence of so­ci­eties; and faces all risks that could dis­tort the good im­age of Is­lam or stir up di­vi­sions and spread ha­tred among com­mu­ni­ties.

Al-Ghan­nam also lauded the good mes­sage and ob­jec­tives of the con­fer­ence which are rep­re­sented in deep­en­ing the Is­lamic iden­tity through the fam­ily, mosques, and Is­lamic, ed­u­ca­tional and me­dia in­sti­tu­tions, as well as the en­hance­ment of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the Is­lamic in­sti­tu­tions in the Latin Amer­i­can and the Caribbean coun­tries.

He said the ses­sion comes in light of crit­i­cal con­di­tions and changes at the world level and big chal­lenges fac­ing Mus­lims which re­quire enor­mous ef­forts to pre­serve the Is­lamic iden­tity.

For his part, the di­rec­tor of the Is­lamic Call Cen­ter in Latin Amer­i­can and the Caribbean coun­tries, Ziyad bin Ahmed Al-Saifi, wel­comed the Saudis and other del­e­gates to the con­fer­ence. He lauded the Saudi min­istry’s ef­forts in or­ga­niz­ing the cur­rent 30th ses­sion and the King­dom’s con­tin­ued ef­forts to sup­port Mus­lim mi­nori­ties and spread Is­lamic teach­ings.

Ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence, Brazil­ian Par­lia­ment mem­ber An­to­nio Gol­lart af­firmed the im­por­tance of the con­fer­ence at it deals with a topic con­cern­ing hu­man­ity in gen­eral. He also ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion over the teach­ings of Is­lam which guar­an­tee the rights of fam­i­lies and pro­tects their orig­i­nal val­ues and cus­toms.

Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador in Brazil Ibrahim Al-Zain also ad­dressed the con­fer­ence and ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the Saudi govern­ment in sup­port­ing is­sues of Is­lam and Mus­lims around the world.

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mar­zouq, from Le­banon, gave an ad­dress on be­half of the preach­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­fer­ence. He ex­pressed thanks to the King­dom for its con­cern over the Is­lamic call and Saudi Min­istry of Is­lamic Af­fairs’ sup­port to preach­ers in dif­fer­ent parts of the world.

Saudi and in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates pose at the open­ing of the 30th ses­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Mus­lims in Sao Paulo on Friday. (SPA)

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