Riyadh – Saudi King Salman’s Iftar programme in Sri Lanka has been launched by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, which is handled by the religious attaché at the Kingdom’s Embassy in Colombo.
Khalid bin Hamoud Al-Qahtani, the Saudi ambassador to Colombo, Zain Al-Abidin Mohammed Faisal, the director of the department of Islamic and cultural affairs for the Sri Lankan ministry of religions, and other representatives from Islamic institutions in Sri Lanka attended the programme’s inauguration.
Al-Qahtani applauded the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the religious attaché for their efforts in putting the programme into action and emphasised the significance of the deed in fostering greater Muslim unity during the blessed month of Ramadan.
The initiative, he continued, is a reflection of the Saudi leadership’s concern for and attention to Muslims everywhere as well as its eagerness to strengthen collective Islamic action.
The Ramadan iftar was also officially opened by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which was led by the religious attaché of the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad. King Faisal Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Pakistan.
Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and Mufti Abdul Shakoor, the minister of religious affairs and interfaith harmony for Pakistan, both witnessed the event.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the Pakistani minister expressed their appreciation for starting such a charitable endeavour during the holy month of Ramadan.