The Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Awqaf receives IIFA Secretary General
13 December، 2022

His Excellency Dr. Youssef Belmehdi, Minister of Religious Affairs and Awqaf of the Republic of Algeria, received His Excellency Professor Koutoub Moustapha Sano, Secretary General of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA), in the Algerian capital, on Monday 18 Jumada Al-Awwal 1444H corresponding to 12 December 2022G, on the sidelines of His Excellency’s participation in the Algeria International Forum about Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Karim al-Maghili.

His Excellency the Minister welcomed the distinguished guest of Algeria, praising the global scientific reputation and the prestigious international position enjoyed by His Excellency Professor Sano, and his great continuous efforts in order to spread the noble values of Islam and its honorable Shariah, which calls for the promotion and consolidation of the concepts of moderation, tolerance, love and fraternity among peoples and religions, and the rejection of all manifestations of hatred, fanaticism and violence. His Excellency also expressed the pride of the State of Algeria and all the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the continuous efforts of the Academy to spread the true religion, reunite the Ummah, unify its voice, and elevate the status of Islam and Muslims in the world through positive civilized contribution and distance from violence, ignorance and backwardness. On this happy occasion, His Excellency affirmed the Algeria’s keenness to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and coordination between the ministry and the Academy in all areas of common interest.

For his part, His Excellency the Secretary General expressed his great pleasure and honor to visit the State of Algeria, thanking His Excellency the Minister for the good reception and warm welcome, praising the scientific activities and qualitative intellectual projects carried out by the Ministry under the leadership of His Excellency, and affirming the full readiness of the Academy to conclude an exemplary strategic partnership in the field of spreading the approach of moderation and coexistence, as well as cooperation in the joint organization of scientific conferences and seminars on various issues and topics of concern to Muslims in Algeria. In the meantime, His Excellency expressed the Academy’s aspiration to sign a cooperation agreement in order to make the most of the scientific, intellectual and research staff that are abound in the universities, institutes and scientific centers in Algeria in the sessions and seminars of the Academy.

In conclusion, the two sides agreed to review the provisions of the proposed draft agreement in preparation for signing it in the coming days. The meeting was attended by His Eminence Dr. Kamal Bouzidi, Algeria’s representative member at the Council of the Academy, and Mr. Jawzy Lardjane, Head of Translation Division at the Academy.

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