|Sadiq is first Western Minister to make a pilgrimage to Mecca|
|Monday, 18 May 2009 11:20|
Sadiq is this week visiting Saudi Arabia 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 four-day visit also seeks to promote a better public understanding of the position of Muslims and Islam in the UK and on Tuesday he will make a pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah), the first Western Minister to do so in an official capacity.
In Riyadh on Sunday, Sadiq Khan discussed the interfaith work of the Saudi Government with Dr Abdullah Al Luhaidan, Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs and the two ministers agreed to exchange further ideas on how the two countries could work together in the future.
Speaking following their discussions Sadiq Khan said:
On Sunday Sadiq Khan also attended a session of the chamber of the Saudi Consultative Assembly (Majlis al Shura), and met with the Committee on Islamic Affairs and Human Rights.
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