Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Saudi Arabia: British minister makes history by becoming first member of a Western government to make a pilgrimage to Mecca

Britain’s Community Cohesion Minister Sadiq Khan Tuesday became the first member of a Western government to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in an official capacity.
Khan was performing Umrah during a four-day visit to Saudi Arabia designed to promote a better public understanding of the position of Muslims and Islam in the UK, according to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The visit is to “examine the interaction between faith and state with key decision makers in Government and faith institutions and also to learn more about the counter-radicalisation programmes being carried out in the country,” his department also said.

Khan, who is one of four British Muslim MPs, discussed the interfaith work of the Saudi Government with Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdullah Al Luhaidan on Sunday, when the two ministers were said to agree to exchange further ideas on how the two countries could work together in the future.

Source: IRNA
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