Gulf security meeting in Paris calls for setting up international anti-terror center in accordance with King Abdullah’s initiative

Conference on Saudi Arabia’s efforts in the service of Islamic issues concluded

Meeting expresses appreciation for kingdom’s role in backing the march of comprehensive development in developing Arab, Islamic nations

A Member of Senior Scholar Council and Advisor at the Royal Court, Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Mutlaq, has stressed that whatever the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been doing in support of the Islamic issues is a religious duty, praying to Allah Almighty to reward greatly the Saudi leadership.

Dr. Al-Mutlaq's remarks came during moderating a dialogue at 'The 1st Conference about the Efforts of Saudi Arabia in the Service of the Islamic Issues' which is being currently held at the Islamic University in Madinah.

Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqari will open the Conference which is organized by the Islamic University in Madina in cooperation with King Abdulaziz Foundation.

Having donated over $1 billion to the Islamic Development Banks Poverty Reduction Fund, Saudi Arabia was at the top of a 2008 list of countries that offered the highest amount of voluntary and unconditional assistance for relief and humanitarian operations.

This was disclosed at the end of the three-day First World Conference on Saudi Arabias Efforts to Solve Muslim Issues that ended last week in Madinah.

The event, which was attended by over 100 researchers from 35 countries, was jointly organized by the Islamic University in Madinah and the King Foundation for Research and Archives in Riyadh.

It was also announced at the conference that the Kingdom has also generously contributed to the budgets of 18 international financing institutions and given more than $100 billion over the past three decades to about 95 countries. “This amounts to about four percent of the Kingdoms gross national product,” it added.

The conference also commended Saudi Arabia for waiving off more than $6 billion of its foreign debts and for completing payments into a fund established by the International Monetary Fund to reduce debts.

It also praised the Kingdom for organizing interfaith dialogues at the UN, and in Riyadh, Madrid and Geneva, saying these gatherings have had a great impact on explaining Islam and its ability to coexist with other religions.

The conference further lauded the Kingdoms efforts to serve pilgrims, and highlighted the projects to expand the Two Holy Mosques, and other health and transport projects.

It also praised the Kingdoms support for the Palestinian cause since 1948, its efforts to find a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and reconciliation among Palestinian factions, and continuous endeavors to resolve crises in the Arab and Islamic world.

The conference also hailed the Kingdom for opening its universities and educational institutions to Muslim students from across the world and reminded attendees that over 18,000 Muslim students from about 167 countries are currently studying at the Islamic University in Madinah. Thousands of these students are also studying Islamic Shariah and Arabic at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah and Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

The conference also appreciated the Kingdoms efforts to promote a moderate Islam, fight terrorism and religious extremism, and correct the distorted image of Islam.

The conference recommended the activation and establishment of more Saudi friendship societies in friendly countries and called for the setting up of a special department at the Islamic University in Madinah to monitor the Kingdoms efforts to serve Islamic and humanitarian causes.

Meanwhile, participants in the Gulf Security Forum which was held in Paris last week confirmed that solving the Palestinian issue is considered a vital factor in the overall security in the region.

The forum, organized by the Arab European Studies Center and the Euro-Mediterranean Institute, cast light on the dangers that might threaten the security of the Arab Gulf region.

They highlighted the role of Arab Gulf countries as well as Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Yemen in the stability of the Arab Gulf region and tackled the UAE occupied islands dispute as well as the role of super powers in the security of the Arab Gulf region.

The Saudi embassy staff members in France attended the event in addition to a number of experts, politicians, diplomats and academicians.

The forum called for the establishment of an international center to combat terrorism in light of the initiative launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.