Saudi National Day celebration strengthens sense of belonging to the homeland: CSC

The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) said the Saudi National Day celebration strengthens the sense of belonging to the homeland and symbolizes unity and integrity. (SPA)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Saudi National Day celebration strengthens sense of belonging to the homeland: CSC

  • Senior leaders from the CSC expressed their joy on the 88th anniversary of the national day, which they said is a great milestone in the history of the Kingdom.
  • Dr. Sami Al-Obaidy, chairman of the CSC, said that the occasion is a time to remember the great sacrifices made for the nation and the people for the sake of the unity and progress of the Kingdom.

RIYADH: The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) said the Saudi National Day celebration strengthens the sense of belonging to the homeland and symbolizes the unity and integrity bringing the people of this beautiful Kingdom together for peace and progress, as it joined the nation in celebrating the 88th National Day.
Expressing their love for the nation the senior leaders from the CSC expressed their joy on the 88th anniversary of the national day, which they said is a great milestone in the history of the Kingdom as well as a marker of progress to come among the most developed and prosperous countries in various walks of life.
Dr. Sami Al-Obaidy, chairman of the CSC, said: “I am honored on behalf of the Saudi business sector to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our leadership and the people on this happy occasion, which brought the country under one banner, the banner of unification in the hands of the founder of our modern Kingdom, King Abdul Aziz.”
Al-Obaidy added that the occasion is a time to remember the great sacrifices made for the nation and the people for the sake of the unity and progress of this country, so that its people will enjoy security and stability with peace and progress.
It is a time to celebrate the great support that the Saudi business sector has received from the wise leadership and all the organs of the state until it has become a key partner in the economic development process, he added.
Muneer bin Saad, deputy chairman of the CSC, on this occasion emphasized that unity, stability and security are important points for the advancement, development and progress of the state and the people.
He pointed out that the private sector is witnessing a steady growth in the size of its economic contribution in order to achieve the aspirations of Vision 2030 as it aims to diversify the economy and sources of income away from dependence on oil.
Abdullah Al-Adeem, deputy chairman of the CSC, said that the national day represents an immortal memory in the conscience of the Saudi people and a celebration that all the people of the country are keen to carry on.
He added that the business sector will spare no effort to follow the aims of Vision 2030 and will actively contribute to social and economic well-being.
Saud Al-Meshari, secretary-general of the CSC, said that the celebration strengthens the sense of belonging to the homeland and the importance of preserving the gains that have been made to this blessed country from its inception until this glorious era led by King Salman.
This year’s celebration coincides with many positive developments taking place in the Kingdom at all levels, especially economic, where the engine of economic development is proceeding at a steady pace in accordance with Saudi Vision of 2030.
On this occasion, he congratulated the wise leadership and the Saudi people and praised the sacrifices made by the security personnel for the safety and security in the homeland.


US Senate vote ‘will benefit only Iran’

The resolutions were based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations,” Saudi Arabia said. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 December 2018
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US Senate vote ‘will benefit only Iran’

  • “We are a frontline state in the war against terrorism and the Iranian-aligned militias who are our common enemies”
  • The Saudi stance drew support from the Arab Parliament and the Muslim World League, along with analysts and experts

The Arab world threw its weight behind Saudi Arabia’s assertion of its sovereignty on Monday after what Riyadh described as “blatant interference” in its internal affairs by the US Senate.

The move followed Senate resolutions calling for withdrawal of US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and blaming Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

The resolutions were based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations,” Saudi Arabia said. “The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership ... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” it said.

The Saudi stance drew support from the Arab Parliament and the Muslim World League, along with analysts and experts.

Arab Parliament speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami urged the US Senate “not to interfere in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs, not to disrespect its leadership and not to undermine its stature.” The Arab Parliament opposed any attempts to undermine the Kingdom or targeted its leadership, reputation and prestige, Al-Salami said.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary general of the Muslim World League, said undermining the sovereignty and leadership of Saudi Arabia was “a red line that no one … is allowed to cross.”

“This interference is only in the interest of the wicked,” he said.

Salman Al-Ansari, founder of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) in Washington, told Arab News it was “unfortunate that members of the US Senate have buckled under the relentless information warfare that has been waged against Saudi Arabia.

“Any vote against the Saudi leadership is a vote against Saudi youth. It is a time of change, dynamism and limitless possibilities in Saudi Arabia, and the crown prince exemplifies that.”

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar in Riyadh, told Arab News the US and Saudi Arabia were allies and only Iran would gain from a rift between them. “We are a frontline state in the war against terrorism and the Iranian-aligned militias who are our common enemies,” he said.

“Many Americans are unaware of what is happening in the region and how President Obama’s opening up to Iran emboldened Tehran to run amok. By creating this rupture, the US Senate surely realizes who benefits from it. Iran, of course, our common enemy.”