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Saudi CP vows to promote tolerance
March 09, 2018
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LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met the head of the Anglican church in London on Thursday, promising to promote interfaith dialogue as part of his domestic reforms, the British faith leader’s office said.

Prince Mohammed is making an official visit to London to promote Saudi Arabia as a tolerant, modernising economy and build a wider new trade and investment relationship with Britain — a long-term defence and security ally.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion of millions of Christians globally, received the crown prince at Lambeth Palace in central London, where the two talked for an hour.

“The Crown Prince made a strong commitment to promote the flourishing of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond,” a statement from Lambeth Palace said.

“The Archbishop highlighted the importance for leaders of all faiths to support freedom of religion or belief, drawing on the experience of the UK.”

The two men viewed a selection of early texts from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths, including fragments of a Holy Quran manuscript found in a Birmingham University library in 2015, which are thought to be among the world’s oldest.

Welby also “voiced his distress” at the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the statement said.

On Wednesday Prince Mohammed met Queen Elizabeth for lunch and later agreed to boost trade ties by £65 billion ($90.30 billion) in a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Earlier this week, Prince Mohammed met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral.

Promoting a more moderate form of Islam is one of the more ambitious promises made by Prince Mohammed under plans to transform Saudi and reduce its reliance on oil.

Meanwhile, backed by the UAE Armed Forces, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces, in a series of air-raids, have destroyed a weapons and artillery storage facility belonging to Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Al Jarahi Directorate on the Red Sea Coast.

Arab Coalition fighters also targeted Houthi military reinforcements, which was headed towards Al Jarahi Directorate on the Red Sea Coast front, killing and injuring dozens of Iranian-backed militias, resulting in heavy losses.

The legitimate forces have also been able to counter all attempts by the militias to infiltrate liberated areas.

Coalition air raids continue to be launched in an effort to destroy Houthi military reinforcements and vehicles along the Red Sea Coast, as well as prevent them from infiltrating liberated areas in Yemen.

The UAE Armed Forces continue to provide military and logistical support for land, air and sea operations in support of the brotherly people of Yemen to rid them of the terrorist Iranian plan being implemented through the Houthi militias.

These efforts are in line with the basic humanitarian operations necessary to support the people of Yemen to overcome the current difficult circumstances. The humanitarian efforts focus on providing immediate relief, in addition to reconstruction projects in the liberated areas.

The liberation of the Hayes and the progress northwards being made along the Yemeni Red Sea Coast is a fatal blow to the Iranian coup project in Yemen.

Meanwhile the security forces in Abyan located a Katyusha rocket depot used by Al Qaeda in Wadi Hamara.

The find, which falls within the ongoing Operation “Sweeping Torrent,” deals a heavy blow to the terrorist group which is using this type of missiles in carrying out its terror offensives against civilians.


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