President to attend Arab Islamic American Summit


President David Granger is set to attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2017. This was disclosed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at the post-Cabinet press briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency, today, according to GINA.

Minister Harmon announced that President Granger has accepted the invitation of the King of Saudi Arabia, His Highness, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit, which brings together leaders of the world’s Islamic nations and invited Heads of State. President of the United States, Donald Trump is expected to attend.

The summit’s main agenda is to address ways of building more robust and effective security partnership to counter and prevent the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism around the globe through promoting tolerance and moderation, Minister Harmon said.

President Granger will be seeking to raise issues relating to the Islamic Development Bank and the loan and facilities that are available to Guyana at the summit, Minister Harmon said.

President Granger’s delegation to the summit will include Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge, the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Audrey Waddell, First Secretary of the Guyana Permanent Mission, United Nations, Shiraz Mohamed and the Director of Dawah and Education, Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana,(CIOG,) Sheik Moeenul Hack.

Minister Harmon explained that to facilitate the President and his delegation’s attendance to the summit, the government of Saudi Arabia will be providing air transport to and from the conference, hotel accommodation, meals and internal transport within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



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