Cabinet approves Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 27 April 2016
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Cabinet approves Saudi Vision 2030

RIYADH: The Council of Ministers has approved Vision 2030, the ambitious plan to transform the Saudi economy away from its dependence on oil, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced on Monday.
King Salman made the announcement while chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting that focused specifically on the plan proposed by the Council of Economic Affairs and Development led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Cabinet stated the council should “set up the necessary mechanisms and arrangements to implement this vision and follow it up.” In addition, all ministries and government agencies must implement each part of the plan set aside for them.
In a speech, King Salman said that the Kingdom was established based on the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and that the government would stick to this mandate in all its decisions. “It is the cradle of the message and the Revelation, and was honored by Allah Almighty to provide a service to the two holy mosques and their visitors.”
King Salman said that he has had the task of ensuring the “comprehensive development” of the country based on Islamic principles since he ascended to the throne. The main aim was to make sure the country maximizes its potential and capabilities, he said.
The government was committed to ensuring benefits accrue from the country’s strategic location and natural resources “to achieve a better future” for citizens. This must be done by adhering to “our pure religion” and the nation’s cultural and traditional values, said the king.
The monarch said this was the basis on which the Cabinet has made its decision to approve the economic transformation plan, which he hoped would be “a model for the world at all levels.”
He thanked the council for the plan, and urged “our sons and daughters, male and female citizens, to work together to achieve this ambitious vision, praying to Allah Almighty for success.” He hoped that it would provide considerable blessings and “progress and prosperity for our dear homeland.”


Al-Sudais condemns Riyadh attack

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques. (Supplied)
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Al-Sudais condemns Riyadh attack

  • The secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars noted the efforts of security services in Zulfi to preserve the safety of the country and protect its people

RIYADH: Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, has condemned the terrorist attack carried out in Zulfi on Sunday.
“Such terrorist acts are a clear contravention of Shariah laws and a violation of the Sunnah of the Prophet, and are nothing but a trick by the enemies of Islam to create strife and turbulence, targeting the security, stability and capabilities of the Kingdom,” he said.
Al-Sudais praised the courage of security services who were able to thwart the attack, and he urged Saudis to support their efforts to prevent future offenses by reporting suspicious activity.
He added that criminal acts such as the attempt in Zulfi endangered the security and stability of the Kingdom, and concluded his statement by asking God to protect the country and heal those wounded in the attack. The secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars noted the efforts of security services in Zulfi to preserve the safety of the country and protect its people.
In a statement, it thanked those involved, and said that their success in thwarting the terrorists, who targeted the investigation center in Zulfi, was a clear endorsement of the rigorous procedures and efforts put in place by the state and others to maintain peace in the Kingdom.