Saudi Shoura Council members welcome King Salman’s focus on new direction

Updated 14 December 2017
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Saudi Shoura Council members welcome King Salman’s focus on new direction

RIYADH: King Salman’s speech at the Shoura Council on Wednesday that defined the contours of Saudi Arabia’s domestic and foreign policies was widely welcomed.
In the televised speech focused on economic issues, the king described corruption as a threat to economic development and vowed to confront corruption with “justice and decisiveness.”
He called for a political solution for crises in the region, topped by the restoration of the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights, including the right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Commenting on the speech, Dr. Hanan Al-Ahmadi, a Shoura Council member, said the speech reflected the Kingdom’s strong stance on Jerusalem and “how it will remain Palestine’s capital.”
King Salman in his speech categorically said: “I would like to reiterate the condemnation of the Kingdom and its deep regret at the US decision on Jerusalem, which represents blatant bias against the historic rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been guaranteed by international resolutions and have been recognized and supported by the international community.”
He said he had directed ministers and officials to expand the number of programs affecting the main needs of citizens. “Notably, the most important one is the housing program,” he said.
Dr. Ferdous Al-Saleh, another council member, remarked: “The king focused on the benefits and interests of Saudi citizens through housing and he also made it very clear that the government supports the private sector.”
Dr. Fawziah Aba Alkhail remarked on how the king addressed the issue with all transparency, which has been known throughout his reign.
“He touched on the issues that we really care about, one of which is obviously women’s empowerment. I think that the understanding of the effectiveness of women within society was very clear in his speech,” said another Shoura Council member Dr. Hoda Al-Helaissi.
Al-Helaissi said: “The king is, and always will be a father figure and that is why, whenever he comes to the Shoura (Council), and whenever we see him at social events, it strikes a chord with everybody. Whenever we see him it is like seeing your father; you’re seeing the hope he has for his people. That feeling of pride and nationalism is epitomized within him.”
 


Saudi heritage chief launches Korean exhibition in Riyadh

Updated 19 December 2018
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Saudi heritage chief launches Korean exhibition in Riyadh

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, officially opened an exhibition in Riyadh showcasing Korean history and culture. He was joined at the event by Professor Bae Kidong, the director general of the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, and Korean Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jo Byung-Wook.
Titled “Korean History and Culture: an Enchanting Journey to the Korean Civilization,” the exhibition — which will be at the National Museum until March 7, 2019 and is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia — features rare artifacts that showcase Korean archaeology, civilization and folklore, as well as a selection of exhibits from the Korean National Museum.
Prince Sultan said that such cooperation in the field of culture and archaeology is very important, especially since Korea has a great and ancient culture, and given its important relationship with Saudi Arabia through the years.
On behalf of the Korean government and people, Prof. Bae expressed his sincere appreciation to the Kingdom for hosting the exhibition.