Secretary General of Muslim World League, Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa called on President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Wednesday.
Welcoming Dr Al-Issa on his first official visit to India, the President said, “India appreciates the role and objectives of the Muslim World League in promoting tolerant values, moderation of consciousness and inter-faith dialogue.”
“India, as a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, celebrates unity in diversity. Our more than 200 million Indian Muslim brothers and sisters make us the country with the second largest population of Muslims in the world,” Murmu said.
The President said that India attaches great importance to its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The two countries have a longstanding history of amicable relations rooted in trade and people to people ties. Both the nations have valuable teachings to share with the world, she added.
The President said that India and Saudi Arabia both condemn terrorism in its all forms and are calling for ‘zero tolerance’ against terrorism.
The two leaders agreed that there is a need for a holistic approach to counter terrorism and violent extremism, and this is possible only by engaging with moderate schools of thoughts, the President’s Secretariat said in a communique.
The President appreciated Dr Al-Issa’s stand against extremism, terrorism and violence, it said.
She expressed confidence that his visit to India would provide more avenues for collaboration with the Muslim World League, it added.