Prince Ahmed takes oath

Updated 30 June 2012
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Prince Ahmed takes oath

Prince Ahmed was sworn in as the Kingdom’s new interior minister in the presence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at the king's palace yesterday.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, I swear that I will be sincere to my religion, king and country. That I will not divulge any of the state secrets and to remain loyal to its interests and laws and to perform my duties with credibility, faithfulness and sincerity,” Prince Ahmed said while taking the oath of office.
After the oath, the new interior minister shook hands with the king who, in turn, wished him success.
Prince Ahmed expressed his thanks to the king for the royal confidence bestowed upon him.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Prince Turki, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin and Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs Prince Muhammad bin Naif also attended the swearing-in ceremony.
In a statement after the ceremony, Prince Ahmed called on the people to cooperate with the Interior Ministry to maintain security and stability in the Kingdom.
“I call on my brothers and my colleagues in the Ministry of Interior to strive jointly for the security and stability of this country and the well-being of the citizens. Every citizen bears, as the saying goes, the responsibility for his own security, future and well-being. This requires close cooperation between the security forces and citizens, because the security officers are in the service of citizens and their security and stability,” Prince Ahmed said.
“It is also required from everyone in the country to make concerted efforts to achieve the rights, justice and maintenance of security just as it is the task of the Ministry of Interior,” the prince said.
“I pray to Allah Almighty to help us all serve the religion, the king and the country. Receiving the king’s confidence is great and important. God willing, and with help of our colleagues in the Ministry of Interior, we will do our best to perform our duty,” the prince added.
“I extend my thanks and gratitude to the king and wish him robust health, happiness and all success,” the prince said.
Deputy Governor of Hail Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saad expressed his optimism for the country’s future while congratulating Prince Ahmed on his appointment. Prince Abdul Aziz said in a press statement that Prince Ahmed served as the right hand man of the late Crown Prince Naif.
President of the Saudi Ports Authority Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijeri congratulated Crown Prince Salman on his appointment as crown prince and deputy premier saying that Prince Salman has proved himself as a leader of exceptional wisdom and vision during his long years of service. He also congratulated the new interior minister.
Meanwhile, funeral prayers for Prince Naif were held at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran after the congregational prayer on Friday. Ambassadors of Arab and Muslim countries participated in the prayers.
Similar prayers were also held in various mosques in Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.