JEDDAH, May 22 (APP): Pakistan and Saudi Arabia can benefit from each other in the field of education, particularly women’s education, and there is a need for greater cooperation among media and women of Muslim countries for preserving Islamic identity and counter propaganda against Islam. This was stated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan during her visit to Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh on Sunday.

She was received by the Vice Minister for Education, Girls Education, Dr. Nourah Al Faiz, President of the University, Dr. Huda bint Muhammad Al Ameel and other high ranking officials of the Ministry, said a press release received here from Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Firdous was given an extensive briefing on the University which is considered the world’s largest women university and reflects the Saudi leadership’s determination to uplift and promote women education in the Kingdom.

Dr. Firdous toured various University faculties and was shown through the 19-km long tram network that links the university’s various buildings.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan appreciated the pioneering role of Nora University in promoting education.

Later, talking to Saudi TV, the Minister said that keeping in view the criticism and propaganda of some western media against Islam and the Muslims, there is a dire need for strong media cooperation between the Muslim media to counter the nefarious propaganda against Islam and the Muslims.

She said that the objective of her visit is to promote cooperation in the fields of Media & Information, women development and women education.
She underlined the need for greater exchange of delegations of mediapersons, education experts, teachers and students.
She also underlined the need for benefitting from each other’s experience.

Talking to the Pakistani community at the residence of Asghar Qureshi, member, Board of Governors for Overseas Pakistanis, the Minister said that the Pakistani community in KSA was doing a great job by contributing to the development of Saudi Arabia and boosting the economy of Pakistan.
She advised the community to abide by the rules & regulations of the KSA and  work as responsible citizens.

She thanked the Saudi leadership for providing a congenial atmosphere to the Pakistani workers and lauded the deep ties and the noble stand of the Saudi leadership and the nation towards Pakistan.

Later, the Minister visited the central Museum in Riyadh and was shown the artefact, historical documents, relics, antiques and classical portraits put on display.

She appreciated the Saudi authorities’ keen interest and for preserving and maintaining the historical edifices at the Museum.