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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrives on the tarmac to welcome US President Donald Trump as he arrives aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Jeddah- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has said that the kingdom since the era of the founder King Abdulaziz has been keen on supporting the unity of Muslims and Arabs.

On the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, King Salman said:“We thank Allah for our success in establishing the Global Center for Fighting Extremism, a normal extension of Islam as a religion of moderation, peace, justice and cohesion.”

“As our Islamic nation is witnessing many challenges, crises and risks, it is incumbent on us to comply with the guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which is that all Muslims should show solidarity,” King Salman said in his speech delivered by Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad bin Al-Awwad.

“Since the era of the founder King Abdulaziz — may he rest in peace — the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lent all possible support and backed all efforts to attain Muslim, Arabic and Islamic cohesion. It will remain keen to achieve this noble objective,” he added.

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, sent and received cables to kings, presidents and princes of Islamic nations to congratulate them on the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

“At its core, the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict,” US President Donald Trump wrote in a White House statement.

Trump noted that recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and in Egypt are “acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan. Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”

The Saudi Supreme Court had earlier announced Saturday as the first day of Ramadan after the crescent was sighted in some provinces.