Kadyrov holds a banquet at the Presidential Palace in honor of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and President of the Muslim Council of Elders Prof. Ahmed el-Tayeb has just arrived, in the company of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, at the Presidential Palace in the Chechen capital, Grozny, as the Chechen President holds a banquet in honor of the Grand Imam and the accompanying delegation.
The Grand Imam has arrived early today at the Chechen capital Grozny, where he was received by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov as well as the religious and administrative leaders.
Hundreds of Chechens gathered outside the airport to receive the Grand Imam, chanting "Allah Akbar" (Allah is the Greatest) as a sign of warm welcome to the Grand Imam and the accompanying delegation.
It is scheduled that the Grand Imam and the Chechen President will discuss means of cooperation between Al-Azhar and Chechnya. In addition, they will discuss training Chechen imams, as well as the student grants for Chechens at Al-Azhar and the Al-Azhar envoys to Chechnya.
Ayatollah Khamenei :reality should be propagated and well understood in the Muslim world.
The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Islamic Republic has been the only critical voice against the deaths of pilgrims during last year’s Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia, criticizing human rights organizations and other countries for choosing to remain silent on the issue.
“Such silence is a scourge plaguing Muslim nations. This is a catastrophe for the Islamic world,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in a Wednesday meeting with the families of the Iranian pilgrims who lost their lives in a human crush during last year’s Hajj rituals near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Press TV reported.
The Leader further stated that Saudi rulers were so “shameless” that they even refused to offer an apology to the Muslim countries that lost their citizens in the tragedy.
The leader noted that even if no deliberation had been involved, such mismanagement and incompetence by a government and political system amounted to a crime.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the Saudi rulers' failure to guarantee the security of Hajj pilgrims proved that the kingdom did not merit the custodianship of Islam’s two Holy Mosques, adding this “reality should be propagated and well understood in the Muslim world.”
Not only governments, but even scholars, political activists and the Muslim world’s elite remained tight-lipped on the martyrdom of thousands of pilgrims, said Ayatollah Khamenei, adding that failing to show sensitivity vis-à-vis the heart-breaking Mina catastrophe is a “real scourge” for the Islamic world.
“Deafening silence”
Ayatollah Khamenei said the deafening silence of human rights organizations in the face of Saudi shortcomings in managing the Hajj pilgrimage blew the lid off the “fake identity of those claiming to advocate human rights in the world.”
The Leader further urged those who have pinned their hopes on such international rights institutions to learn a lesson from “this bitter reality.”
Riyadh’s atrocities in region
“The shameless Saudi regime, with the backing of the United States, is standing against Muslims and is spilling blood in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Bahrain; therefore, America and other suporters of Riyadh are complicit in Saudi crimes,” the Leader stressed.
Ayatollah Khamenei further called on the Iranian administration, particularly the Foreign Ministry and Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, to fulfill their responsibilities and follow up on the tragic incident.
At least 464 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives during the stampede, which occurred after two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads in Mina near Mecca during Hajj rituals on September 24, 2015
Riyadh has refused to update the death toll of 770 it released days after the incident.
However, Iran, which had the greatest number of deaths among foreign nationals, has put the death toll at about 4,700.
“The Iranian government and the Islamic Republic’s establishment will never let the blood of martyrs go wasted and will keep up its legal and political efforts to restore their rights,” President Hassan Rouhani asserted.
Rouhani further slammed Saudi rulers for creating obstacles to prevent the dispatch of Iranian pilgrims to this year’s Hajj rituals.
Hajj serves as a time when the Muslim world’s interests and unity should be paraded to the world, but the Saudi kingdom, “has even stopped short of verbally apologizing to Muslims” for the Mina tragedy, Rouhani added.
Philippines president calls  Obama 'son of a whore'
Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with the president of the Philippines afterRodrigo Duterte appeared to call him a “son of a whore”.
The move followed a warning from Duterte to the US president to keep off the subject of extrajudicial killings in his country’s brutal drug war when they were due to meet on Tuesday at a regional summit in Laos. Duterte told a press conference that Obama “must be respectful”.
The firebrand president was answering a reporter’s question about how he intended to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama, before boarding a plane to Laos for the Association of South-east Asian Nations summit.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte was quoted by as saying by Agence-France Presse. “We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me.”
When his comments reached the Obama camp, the US president initially said he was asking his staff to find out whether holding the meeting as scheduled would be useful.
“What I’ve instructed my team to do is to talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out, is if this in fact a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations,” Obama said at a news conference at the end of a G20 summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.
“Obviously the Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies and thePhilippines is a treaty ally of ours. But I always want to make sure that if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done.”
But hours later the decision was made to cancel, a White House spokesman said. Instead, Obama will meet with South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
Duterte has faced condemnation from human rights campaigners, diplomats and the UN for inciting a war on drugs that, according to official figures published on Sunday, has led to 2,400 deaths in just two months.
The defiant Philippine leader has responded to critics with a string of outbursts, including labelling the US ambassador to Manila a “gay son of a whore”, telling the Catholic church “don’t fuck with me”, and accusing the UN of issuing “shitting” statements about his anti-drugs policies.

government to grant political asylum to Fethullah Gulen and supporters of the Gulen movement
The Turkish government accuses Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in the United States, of being behind the failed July 15 coup in Turkey, and is calling on American authorities to extradite him.
Egyptian parliamentarian Imad Mahrous recently presented a draft statement to his government proposing political asylum for Gulen. After discussions with a number of parliament members, he told Al-Monitor by phone, “The Egyptian government was not
opposed to granting Gulen and his supporters political asylum.”
He clarified that “Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail had confirmed on more than one occasion that the Egyptian authorities were not opposed to taking this step and completely understood the security threats being faced by Gulen’s supporters inside Turkey, [especially] after all of their institutions were closed and [their members] were subjected to a campaign of arbitrary arrest.”
Mahrous said a number of Egyptian representatives “are currently seeking to open a direct line of communication with Gulen and coordinate with his followers inside Egypt on a standing basis, as well as support them during the crisis they are facing with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan.”
In their view, “Erdogan is supporting terrorist gangs across the world and seeking to undermine Egypt’s national stability by harboring the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey, and [by] financing a number of Brotherhood channels that have sprouted up over Turkish territory with the official backing of Erdogan and other Arab states,” Mahrous said.
He added that the idea of hosting Gulen will be accepted “not only among the official circles of the Egyptian government, but at the popular level as well, along with wide swaths of Egyptian society that believe him to be a modern man of faith who repudiates religious extremism and believes in the importance of dialogue and tolerance.”
Turkey’s Justice Ministry and Foreign Ministry have both officially requested Gulen’s extradition from the United States. Gulen moved to the Poconos region of Pennsylvania in 1999. A number of his students followed him to the area.
Orhan Kaskin is a Turkish businessman residing in Egypt who founded a series of international schools affiliated with the Gulen movement inside Egypt. He dismisses the possibility that Gulen might relocate from his voluntary exile in Pennsylvania to anywhere else.
“[Gulen] prefers not to move around a great deal even within America, for personal reasons pertaining to his desire for voluntary seclusion with a number of his students in the mountain region where he resides,” Kaskin told Al-Monitor by phone. “He deliberately puts distance between himself and construction, people and traffic, partially owing to his health situation, which makes it difficult for him to move. He suffers from heart disease, diabetes and other ailments stemming from his advanced age.” Gulen is 75.
He also noted, “It would be very difficult for [Turkey to compel] Sheikh Gulen’s extradition from the United States, in light of the absence of evidence to substantiate any of the charges against him.”
American authorities, according to Kaskin, “understand that the movement’s activities are peaceful and undertaken in hundreds of countries around the world.”
Kaskin, who has lived in Egypt since the early 2000s, said that many countries seek to host Gulen, despite the recent tensions. He believes their governments understand that Gulen has called on his followers to distance themselves from religious extremism.
Ishaq Inci, the chief editor of the Turkish publication Zaman Arabic, known for its ties to Gulen, said in a phone conversation with Al-Monitor that Gulenists “enjoy stability inside Egypt; we can safely move about, and we have found Egyptian officials welcoming of our presence on Egyptian territory.” He added, “President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a respectable president who behaves like a true head of state in his foreign policies.”
Inci, who resides in Egypt, said, “Thousands of Turks will flee from Turkish territory to escape the ongoing violations perpetrated by Erdogan’s oppressive administration toward anyone who belongs to Gulen’s movement.”
He stressed that the Turkish officials who are accusing Gulen’s followers of being terrorists and are closing all of Gulen’s institutions inside Turkey “are themselves the ones who used to praise these institutions and, when they were first inaugurated, would sit in the front row [during dedication ceremonies].”
Inci said the Gulen movement “has not suffered any constriction in its presence inside Egypt recently at the hands of Egyptian authorities, which confirms there are no ties between us and Erdogan.”

 He anticipates that in the near term “many of the movement’s followers will be transferred to Egypt, especially given the state of political and security stability in Egypt.”
Gulen’s movement may be benefiting from the political strains between Turkey and Egypt, according to Bashir Abdel-Fattah, a researcher at the Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies.
He believes the proposal to host Gulen inside Egypt “is part of a context of ongoing political recrimination between Turkey and Egypt, and is set against the background of the state of tension in relations between the two states.”
“Many high-ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken refuge in Turkey,” and now many in Egypt wish to return the favor, he said. However, in his view Egypt’s foreign policy with Turkey must transcend these political spats, particularly since Egypt’s problem with Turkey is limited solely to the fact that Erdogan remains in power.
Abdel-Fattah also told Al-Monitor, “The security agreements that relate to extraditing suspects between Turkey and the United States prevent America from extraditing Gulen. The United States is unlikely to take this step in any event, because they view Gulen as being a more modern version of political Islam that can curb extremist elements on a religious level.”
 Ansar Allah mobilizing millions of Yemenis in Sanaa
Mohammad Abdul-Salam, a spokesman for Yemen's Shia Houthi rise motion Ansar Allah, held a convergence with Iran's diplomatist to Yemen and thanked Tehran for endorsing the formation of the Council, which had been agreed by Ansar Allah happening and former Chairman Ali Abdullah Saleh's Statesman People's Legislature organisation in late July.
Mohammad Abdul-Salam, a spokesman for Yemen's Shia Houthi rebelling laxation Ansar Allah, has praised Iran for content of the activity of the Arabian state's Supreme Governmental Council, strictly opposed by the governmental forces, Persian media reportable Tuesday.
In inchoate Lordly, the UN-brokered talks in Kuwait on Yemen's equalisation ended with the governing and Houthi rebels imperfectness to arise to an concordance and the rebels forming the Dominant Semipolitical Council with a human of judgement the state.
According to the Tasnim programme office, Abdul-Salam, a last official from the Houthi shitting at Koweit talks, has late held a breakfast with Persia's embassador to Yemen and thanked Tehran for endorsing the establishment of the Council, which had been agreed by Ansar God change and former Chairwoman Ali Abdullah Saleh's Unspecialized People's Legislature party in belatedly July.
According to Abdul-Salam, the 10-member embody is a milestone in stretch a political compromise to end the Arabian national war.
Since 2014, Yemen has been swallowed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Ansar Allah move, also famous as the Houthis, which is the country's water oppositeness validness. The Houthis are hardbacked by grey units doglike to sometime Arab Presidentship Saleh.
Since Dominion 2015, the Saudi-led alinement of mostly Iranian Disconnection countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's communicate.

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