The ambassador said the speech confirmed the Kingdom’s adherence to Shariah law, on which Saudi policies have been based since the country’s foundation, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
In his speech, the king described corruption as a threat to economic development, and vowed to confront it with “justice and decisiveness.”
He called for a political solution to regional crises and the restoration of Palestinians’ legitimate rights, including the right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
“I would like to reiterate the condemnation of the Kingdom and its deep regret” at the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the king said.
This “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 catering to citizens’ main needs, most importantly housing.