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Source:Arab News, Post:Thursday, on 06.02.2014@11:50PM,Bd.ST. in Dhaka,Bangladesh

Pakistan figures high on crown prince’s itinerary

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    RARE HONOR: Crown Prince Salman with Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif after decorating him with the King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)

RIYADH: GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

Published — Thursday 6 February 2014

Last update 6 February 2014 4:42 am

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Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will embark on a three-nation tour of Pakistan, Japan and India mid-February. He will be accompanied by a large contingent of high-ranking Saudi officials and businessmen.
Prince Salman will begin his foreign trip with a three-day visit to Pakistan beginning Feb. 15 followed by a trip to Japan on Feb. 18.
“The visit of the Crown Prince will herald a new era of Saudi-Pak relations, which have been exceptionally cordial in the past,” Pakistani Ambassador Mohammed Naeem Khan told Arab News after talks with Prince Salman on Wednesday.
The Pakistani side was led by the country’s army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif who was conferred with the prestigious King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence by the crown prince.
Ambassador Naeem expressed happiness and spoke about the growing friendly and brotherly ties between the Kingdom and Pakistan. Prince Salman will meet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain. He will also visit key installations and industries in Pakistan and is likely to sign several bilateral agreements.
“Prince Salman will be the second highest Saudi dignitary to visit Pakistan after Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal’s visit to Pakistan last month,” said the envoy.
Asked about the details of the meeting of Pakistani army chief with Saudi officials, Ambassador Khan said: “Gen. Raheel was decorated with the King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence in recognition of his outstanding efforts in enhancing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Crown Prince conferred the award on the general during the meeting.”
“This (award) is a tribute from Saudi Arabia to Gen. Raheel in particular and to Pakistan as well as to all Pakistani officials in general for contributions in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries,” he said.
He pointed out that Gen. Raheel had a busy schedule meeting with Saudi General Hussain bin Abdullah Al Qubayal, Chief of General Staff, Saudi Armed Forces and Lt. Gen. Eid bin Awad Al Shalawi, Commander, Royal Saudi Land Forces in Riyadh.
It was not immediately known whether the talks touched on issues like the regional geopolitical developments including Iran, the drawdown of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a press statement released by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Prince Salman will be visiting the country from Feb. 18 to 21. During his visit, the Crown Prince plans to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and have an audience with Emperor Akihito, the statement said.
The visit of Prince Salman to India was also confirmed by Sibi George, deputy chief of Indian mission. He, however, refused to divulge details and dates of the royal visit to New Delhi.


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Source:Arab News, Post:Wednesday, on 29.01.2014@9:16PM, Bd. ST. in Dhaka,Bangladesh

A priest who found the truth in Islam

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    Sunni Muslims leave the mosque after Friday prayers in Ramadi, in this Jan. 3, 2014 file photo. (Reuters)

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Published — Friday 17 January 2014

Last update 16 January 2014 11:26 pm

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Al-Haj Ibrahim Khalil Ahmad, formerly Ibrahim Khalil Philobus, was an Egyptian Coptic priest who studied theology and obtained a high degree from Princeton University. He studied Islam to find gaps to attack it; instead he embraced Islam with his four children, one of whom is now a brilliant professor in Sorbonne University, Paris France. In this second part of his story, he narrates how he finally accepted Islam.

He says: I took my final decision. In the morning I spoke with my wife from whom I have three sons and one daughter. But no sooner than she felt that I was inclined to embrace Islam than she cried and asked for help from the head of the mission. His name was Monsieur Shavits from Switzerland. He was a very cunning man. When he asked me about my true attitude, I told him frankly what I really wanted and then he said: “Regard yourself out of job until we discover what has befallen you.” Then I said: “This is my resignation from my job.” He tried to convince me to postpone it, but I insisted. So he made a rumor among the people that I became mad. Thus I suffered a very severe test and oppression until I left Aswan for good and returned to Cairo.
In Cairo, I was introduced to a respectable professor who helped me overcome my severe trial, and this he did without knowing anything about my story. He treated me as a Muslim, for I introduced myself to him as such although until then I did not embrace Islam officially. That was Dr. Muhammad Abdul Moneim Al Jamal, the then undersecretary of treasury. He was highly interested in Islamic studies and wanted to make a translation of the Holy Qur’an to be published in America. He asked me to help him because I was fluent in English since I had got my M.A. from an American University. He also knew that I was preparing a comparative study of the Qur’an, the Torah and the Bible. We cooperated in this comparative study and in the translation of the Qur’an.
When Dr. Jamal knew that I had resigned from my job in Aswan and that I was then unemployed, he helped me with a job in Standard Stationery Company in Cairo. So I was well established after a short while. I did not tell my wife about my intention to embrace Islam, thus she thought that I had forgotten the whole affair, and that it was nothing but a transitory crisis that no more existed. But I knew quite well that my official conversion to Islam needs long complicated measures, and it was in fact a battle, which I preferred to postpone for some time until I became well off and after I completed my comparative study.
In 1955, I did complete my study and my material and living affairs became well established. I resigned from the company and set up a training office for importing stationery and school articles. It was a successful business from which I gained much more money than I needed. Thus I decided to declare my official conversion to Islam. On the 25th of December 1959, I sent a telegram to Dr. Thompson, head of the American Mission in Egypt informing him that I had embraced Islam. When I told my true story to Dr. Jamal he was completely astonished. When I declared my conversion to Islam, new troubles began. Seven of my former colleagues in the mission had tried their best to persuade me to cancel my declaration, but I refused. They threatened to separate me from my wife and I said: She is free to do as she wishes. They threatened to kill me. But when they found me to be stubborn they left me alone and sent to me an old friend of mine who was also a colleague of mine in the mission. He wept very much in front of me. So I recited before him the following verses from the Qur’an:
“And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth: They pray: ‘Our Lord! We believe, write us down among the witnesses. What cause can we have not to believe in God and the truth which has come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the company of the righteous?’” (Qur’an 5:83-84)
I said to him: “You should have wept in humiliation to God on hearing the Qur’an and believe in the truth which you know but you refuse. He stood up and left me as he saw no use. My official conversion to Islam was in January 1960.”
“My wife left me at that time and took with her all the furniture of our house. But all my children joined me and embraced Islam. The most enthusiastic among them was my eldest son Isaac who changed his name to Osman, then my second son Joseph and my son Samuel, whose name is Jamal, and daughter Majida who is now called Najwa. Osman is now a doctor of philosophy working as a professor in Sorbonne University in Paris teaching oriental studies and psychology. He also writes in ‘Le Monde’ magazine. As in regards to my wife, she left the house for six years and agreed to come back in 1966, provided that she keeps her religion. I accepted this, because in Islam there is no compulsion in religion. I said to her: I do not want you to become a Muslim for my sake but only after you are convinced. She feels now that she believes in Islam but she cannot declare this for fear of her family, but we treat her as a Muslim woman, and she fasts in Ramadan because all my children pray and fast. My daughter Najwa is a student in the Faculty of Commerce, Joseph is a doctor pharmacologist and Jamal is an engineer.
During this period, that is since 1961 until the present time, I have been able to publish a number of books on Islam and the methods of the missionaries and the orientalists against it. I am now preparing a comparative study about women in the three Divine religions with the object of highlighting the status of women in Islam. In 1973, I performed Haj and I am doing activities preaching Islam. I hold seminars in the universities and charitable societies. I received an invitation from Sudan in 1974 where I held many seminars. My time is fully used in the service of Islam.
My faith in Islam has been brought about through reading the Holy Qur’an and the biography of Prophet Muhammad (may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him). I no longer believed in the misconceptions against Islam, and I am especially attracted by the concept of unity of God, which is the most important feature of Islam. God is only One. Nothing is like Him. This belief makes me the servant of God only and of no one else. Oneness of God liberates man from servitude to any human being and that is true freedom.
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I also like very much the rule of forgiveness in Islam and the direct relationship between God and His servants.
“Say: O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of God: for God forgives all sins: for He is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and submit to Him before the Chastisement comes on you: After that ye shall not be helped.” (Qur’an 39:53-54)

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Source:Arab News, Post:Wednesday on 29.01.2014@9:11PM,Bd.ST. in Dhaka,Bangladesh

Kingdom prioritizes shift to knowledge-based economy

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    SEAT OF LEARNING: Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University was established in May 2011 to boost higher education for women.

RIYADH: RASHID HASSAN

Published — Wednesday 29 January 2014

Last update 29 January 2014 1:20 pm

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A report recently released by the Oxford Business group has indicated that the education budget accounted for the second largest expenditure for the Saudi government, accounting for more than a quarter of overall spending in 2012.
The report, entitled “Saudi Arabia 2013”, maintained that the Kingdom has the largest education market in the region, taking into consideration its population size and per capita expenditure on human resources in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).
Annual expenditures increased substantially from SR150 billion in 2011 to SR169 billion the following year, with a further rise to SR204 billion for 2013, the report highlighted.
Complementing these monetary commitments are a host of monitoring, evaluation, reform and other improvement programs implemented over the years to boost the capabilities and expectations of the nation’s graduates.
The report underlined that key to delivering on the agenda are the abilities of its population and the knowledge of its future leaders to successfully navigate from a resource based, export oriented economy to a more diversified one with the value addition.
It further asserted that as the demand for quality education is growing, the government has, so far, dedicated substantial resources to the sector.
The study further indicated that the trend is consistent with the country’s long-term economic development plans, which place an emphasis on high-tech industries.
The report highlighted that the Kingdom is financially motivated in striving to diversify its economy beyond the extraction of oil and gas to become a knowledge based society.
The government also established Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, the largest women-only university in May 2011 to boost higher education for females. The university is composed of 32 campuses across Riyadh and a new library capable of holding 4.5 million volumes.


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US-Saudi relations in 21st Century by Mr. Muhammad Zamiluddin Khan[’92,SM,HSPH,Harvard University}, Editor In Chief:www.bcgdtrustandlab.com

United Sates is pursuing a policy of building 21st Century in the USA and around the world. Many things that others have expected from the US might not be that forthcoming and Saudi Arabia is steering the regional and energy issues with rapidly changing world. In 1944 President Roosevelt said  to King Abdul Aziz that the US would not harm the Arab interest in the region and Under King Abdul Aziz  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined the UN as first signatory and has pursued a publicity shy foreign policy and quiet diplomacy. In recent days speculations are rife in many quarters that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from the joint initiatives in the region and in other parts of the world with the USA. Foreign Minster Prince Saud Al Faisal said at a recent press conference with Secretary Kerry that there are few difference of objectives with the USA but they are few. And Secretary Kerry reaffirmed the close relationship with the Kingdom on a host of regional and international issues.

Very few venture out their opinion in the US Academia and Policy think tanks  about US  relations with Saudi Arabia. What we expect from Obama Administration is its sincere attempts to have workable framework to work with difference of objectives so that such difference can not derail historical  and strategic relations with Kingdom and also does not impact negatively the US Economy and the Global Economy and prosperity. I will add this much that the Saudi Foreign Minister is the longest serving one and it was proved by the votes that the Kingdom receive for the UN Security Council Membership and Riyadh demands for UN reforms should be taken seriously as it came from the First signatory of the UN Charter. When Prince Bandar Bin Sultan was the Saudi Envoy to Washington DC he enjoyed close contact with President Bush and I believe The Baker Doctrine on Arab Peninsula should have its due significance in US foreign policy.

First Draft: In Dhaka on Thursday, the 23rd January 2014.


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Intervention at the Geneva ll International Conference on Syria


Intervention
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Montreux, Switzerland
January 22, 2014


 

 

 

Thank you very much, Secretary Ban, and thank you, Ambassador Brahimi, for your commitment to helping the Syrian people find a new future. And I join with Foreign Minister Lavrov in thanking all of the countries around the table, all of the groups around the table. I thank President Burkhalter and the people of Switzerland for making this important meeting possible. And I thank the Russian Federation and Foreign Minister Lavrov for his cooperation and efforts together with us, working to try to initiate this process. I also want to welcome the leaders of the Syrian opposition, and I thank them for the courageous decision they’ve made. Everybody here knows the pressures that have existed.

Today is a beginning. It’s a beginning of what will obviously be a tough and complicated negotiation; peace talks to end a war and to end a struggle like this always are tough. Frankly, this is a test for all of us who support the Syrian people in their effort to end the extraordinary suffering that the world has witnessed, and which continues. And it is a test of the global community’s ability to come together and ultimately secure a Syria where people can live in dignity and not in fear.

I want to start by saying that I think it is impressive, I think it is significant in and of itself, that so many countries have come together, even though we know it’s for one day that all the countries will be here in this forum. But all of them have come together because everybody understands how critical it is for the world to prove that we have the ability to make a difference in this kind of a conflict.

Now, lost in the daily reports of violence is the fact that this revolution did not begin as an armed resistance. This started peacefully. It was started by schoolboys in Daraa who are armed only with graffiti cans, citizens who were peacefully and legitimately calling for change. And they were met almost immediately with violence. When their parents came out to protest the arrest of the children, 120 people died. That was the beginning.

And tragically, the Assad regime answered peaceful demonstration after peaceful demonstration with ever-increasing force. In the three years since then, this conflict has now left more than 130,000 dead, and it’s hard to count accurately. We all know that. The fact is that these people have been killed by guns, by tanks, by artillery, by gas, by barrel bombs, by Scud missiles. They’ve been killed by weapons almost exclusively of the magnitude not possessed by the opposition. Starvation has been used as a weapon of war. And most recently, we have seen horrific reports of systematic torture and execution of thousands of prisoners. This is an appalling assault, not only on human lives, but on human dignity and on every standard by which the international community tries to organize itself, recognizing the horrors of the humanitarian catastrophe that has unfolded, the destabilization of neighboring countries, and the endless exile of refugees.

As a result, the international community came together 18 months ago to support the Syrian people as they sought to change course. Now, this has taken a lot longer than many of us wanted to bring everyone together. But we have come here determined as ever to implement the Geneva communique. Sergey Lavrov just mentioned the Geneva communique; I reiterate the Geneva communique. And the Geneva communique can only be implemented through the concerted efforts of everybody in this room. Millions of people are relying on the international community’s ability to help find a solution that can save their lives and their country. And we see only one option: a negotiated transition government formed by mutual consent.

Now, we need to deal with reality here. We really need to deal with reality. Mutual consent, which is what has brought us here, for a transition government means that that government cannot be formed with someone that is objected to by one side or the other. That means that Bashar Assad will not be part of that transition government. There is no way – no way possible in the imagination – that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern. One man and those who have supported him can no longer hold an entire nation and a region hostage. The right to lead a country does not come from torture, nor barrel bombs, nor Scud missiles. It comes from the consent of the people. And it’s hard to imagine how that consent could be forthcoming at this point in time.

So just as there could be no place for the perpetrator of this violence, there could also be no place for the thousands of violent extremists who spread their hateful ideology and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people. And as we hear talk about terrorism today, make no mistake: It is the presence of the current intransigence within the existing government that makes this problem worse. That is creating a magnet for terrorists. And until a transition takes place, there is no prayer of reducing the increase of terrorism.

There is another way forward. We all know it. It is what this conference is organized around. It is the Geneva communique, which has the support of the international community as a peaceful roadmap for transition. And the only thing standing in its way is the stubborn clinging to power of one man, one family. I believe the alternative vision of the Syrian people is one that can gather the respect and support of people all around the world. It is a place that doesn’t force people to flee or live in fear, a Syria that protects the rights of every group. We have not only an opportunity, but we have an obligation to find a way forward so that the people of Syria can choose their leadership, know peace, and for 9 million refugees, finally be able to return home in dignity.

My final comment is this: There are, in this room, all of the players who have the ability, with the exception of one or two, to have an impact on the choices that are made here. People who are supporting different groups are here. These people have the ability to affect the outcome. And if we put our common energies together, we can forge a resolution that can provide peace to the region and peace to the people of Syria. And I hope we will succeed.

 

 



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