Saudi crown prince gets honorary doctorate in Japan

Waseda University awarded Prince Salman the honorary doctorate of laws

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Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia accepted Friday an honorary doctorate from a leading Tokyo university during an official visit to Japan.

Prince Salman was awarded the honorary doctorate of laws during a ceremony at Waseda University where the Saudi prince conveyed King Abdullah’s greetings.


At the outset of the awarding ceremony, Waseda University President Dr. Kaoru Kamata praised Prince Salman for his “political wisdom, rich knowledge and great achievements which have contributed to the development of Saudi Arabia at international and local levels.”

He said Prince Salman was the recipient of many medals and honorary doctorates in recognition of his efforts in helping the poor and victims of natural disasters in different parts of the world.

Prince Salman, who expressed gratitude for the doctorate, emphasized during an award ceremony speech at the university Saudi Arabia’s focus on dialogue and moderation as well keenness on enhancing ties with the island.

“Our mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is derived from Islamic teachings, where its spirit is tolerance, its tool is understanding and dialogue, its aim is to counter extremism, its foundation is to active work that seeks the good of the people, and its ambition is to deepen the dialogue among followers of religions and cultures,” Prince Salman said.

“This is the essence of King Abdullah's initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures,” he added.

The prince also praised Japan on its technological breakthroughs, urging closer relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.

“Our country is thousands of kilometers away from your country. It is true that we have come close to each other, thanks to the amazing technology that you have contributed to its prosperity, but I invite you to approach us more,” he said.

“We have a lot to share with you, so that you discover many of the principles, teachings and values that we have in common,” he added.

Prince Salman also stressed Saudi Arabia’s longstanding positive contribution at the international level.

“We in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wish the good for all human beings and seek it at the same time for our nation which always seeks peace and security for the world, contributes to the solution of international conflicts and tries with world countries to solve the problems of poverty, ignorance and disease facing humanity,” he said.

As well as the award ceremony Friday, Prince Salman also met at his residence in Tokyo Dr. Musa Mohammad Omar, acting chairman of the Islamic Center in Japan, who was accompanied by a number of officials from Muslim centers and associations.

During the reception, Prince Salman donated $1 million to the Islamic Endowment in Japan as well as a piece of the Kiswa that covers the Kaaba in Mecca.

Prince Salman arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday as part of a four-day visit to the island. His meetings have included with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other senior officials in the country.

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