King Salman’s reign ‘a paradigm shift in governance’

Adel Al-Jubeir
Updated 31 December 2016
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King Salman’s reign ‘a paradigm shift in governance’

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom experienced a paradigm shift in terms of management, governance and the manner of dealing with internal and external challenges during the era of King Salman.
Speaking ahead of the second anniversary of King Salman’s accession to the throne, the foreign minister reiterated the wise Saudi leadership’s keenness to adopt and follow a balanced foreign policy, based on the Kingdom’s experience in dealing with security challenges, and to keep pace with the developments and challenges in the region, foremost among them terrorism.
“It has been two years since King Salman took the reins of power in the Kingdom,” Al-Jubeir said. “I feel, like all Saudi citizens do, the significance of this occasion, which reflects the quantitative and qualitative achievements attained since King Salman acceded to the throne. The king will continue the process of construction and development initiated by the founder of the Kingdom, King Abdulaziz, and his sons,” he added.
“Over the past two years, the Kingdom has witnessed a paradigm shift in management, governance and the manner of dealing with internal and external challenges,” the minster continued.
“Every sincere citizen will acknowledge all achievements attained in such a short period, which raised the country’s stature and helped the country move forward to realize the aspirations of the Saudi citizens, providing them dignity and well-being in a secure, safe and stable environment — and away from unrest and violence that swept through our region over the past years.
“Among the things that contributed to achieving this was a well-established religious doctrine as well as a moderate, balanced approach based on openness and respect for other states and individuals,” Al-Jubeir said.
The Saudi foreign minister added that the era of development witnessed under the leadership of King Salman has achieved a quantum leap in the way state-run institutions perform, through the establishment of two significant councils: the Council of Political and Security Affairs and the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.
“The two councils constitute the basis of a structural and developmental change of the state administrative institutions — including political, security, economic and developmental affairs. This resulted in the adoption of the National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030,” he said.
Externally, Al-Jubeir said, “the Kingdom’s government has been keen to adopt and follow a balanced foreign policy, based on the country’s experience in dealing with security challenges, and to keep pace with the ongoing requirements posed by new developments and threats afflicting the region, mostly because of terrorism, coupled with outside intervention of parties aiming to destabilize our security and stability.”
The minister pointed out that such policy was materialized in “Operation Decisive Storm” in Yemen and the subsequent efforts to restore hope to this country in order to maintain the legitimacy of its leadership, its stability and political independence and to keep it away from external interventions and internal division. He also said that the Kingdom’s policy in Yemen, Syria, Libya or other conflict zones has always been one that gave priority to political and peaceful solutions in the first place.
Speaking of the Kingdom’s aid and support to other countries, the minister said the foundation of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center reflects the humanitarian role of the Kingdom, which is ranked first internationally in humanitarian aid.
“This occasion gives me hope and confidence that the future of the Kingdom is in the good hands of the wise leadership of King Salman, assisted by the crown prince and deputy crown prince (may Allah protect them all),” he concluded.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.