King Salman arrives in Qassim region

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King Salman arrives in Qassim region. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also arrived in Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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King Salman arrives in Qassim region. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left Riyadh to journey to Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left Riyadh to journey to Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman departed Riyadh for Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left Riyadh to journey to Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 07 November 2018
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King Salman arrives in Qassim region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Qassim region on Tuesday as part of a widespread tour of the Kingdom and its regions.

The king was received at Qassim airport by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Faisal bin Meshaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, governor of Qassim region.

King Salman is to launch and set the foundation stone of more than 600 projects in the province, Emir of Qassim region, Prince Faisal bin Meshal bin Suood bin Abdel Aziz said.

The projects include the fields of development, education, housing, roads, environment, water and electricity, as well as public services and governmental economic projects, worth more than SR16 billion.

Qassim is the first stop on a tour of several regions of the Kingdom, where King Salman is to launch several health, education and infrastructure projects and initiatives.

The king also ordered the release of all prisoners who are jailed on financial charges in Qassim region, after saying that citizens jailed on financial charges, and not criminal charges, were to be released.

The order applies to those whose debts do not exceed SR1 million and have been proven to be financially unable. King Salman also ordered the payment of their dues.

 


Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

The Shoura Council holds its first ordinary session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

  • The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives

The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draft strategy for the family in coordination with the relevant authorities.

The council adopted this resolution during its first ordinary session of the third year of the seventh session, held under the chairmanship of Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.

The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives, and formulate a scientific description of the characteristics to be instilled in the Saudi family and the enabling supportive environment. 

Assistant Speaker of Shoura Council Yahya Al-Samaan said the council has asked the Public Education Evaluation Commission to focus on leveraging national expertise and to reduce reliance on foreign expertise.

Al-Samaan pointed out that the council made its decision after listening to the views of the members of the Education and Scientific Research Committee on the report submitted by the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the current fiscal year.

On Monday, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies.

The king pledged to continue the Kingdom’s fight against extremism and all forms of terrorism. He also vowed to support the system of social services and sustainable growth for citizens. 

The speech focused on issues such as the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue, stability in the oil market, countering Iranian interference in the region and job creation for Saudis.  “The Kingdom will maintain its effort to resolve regional crises,” the king said.

Al-Sheikh noted the council’s pride in the wise leadership’s efforts to unify Arab ranks and promote Islamic solidarity to achieve security and peace in the region and in the world.