Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has revealed that the Saudi government had pledged assistance to construct additional mosques in the Maldives.
A SMS sent to Haveeru by the Minister last night during the current visit to Sri Lanka stated that he has had held discussions with various Ambassadors of Islamic nations based in Colombo accredited to the Maldives including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
The discussions with the Saudi Ambassador had also entailed extending the Hajj pilgrimage quota for the Maldives and financial assistance to train 500 Hafizs in the Maldives, Shaheem said.
Minister further detailed that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saudi government would be signed in the near future and also relayed the assurances of the Saudi Ambassador to extend the fullest assistance to the Maldives from Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting with the Egypt Ambassador, discussions had been held in ways of further strengthening relations between the two nations and providing placement for the Maldivian students who had been enrolled in Libyan institutions from Al Azhar University in Egypt after their programs had been cut short due to the flailing political situation in Libya, Minister revealed.
Shaheem also added that discussions included bringing Islamic Scholars from the Al Azhar University’s Islamic Research Academy to the Maldives during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
“Discussions had also been held with the UAE Ambassador in relation to seeking assistance to the mosques in the Maldives. Also a meeting with the Qatar Ambassador has been scheduled for today,” Shaheem’s SMS read.