Stability ‘key to Saudi progress, prosperity’

Updated 06 October 2015

Stability ‘key to Saudi progress, prosperity’

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have termed National Day as the celebration of the building of a glorious and unique Islamic state by adopting the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah as the basis for all its affairs and dealings.

In an address on the occasion of the 85th National Day, the crown prince lauded the care taken by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman of the holy sites and of all Muslim business.
He stressed that the Kingdom would witness in King Salman’s reign further development, prosperity and progress, and that Islamic affairs in general would receive the king’s keenest attention.
Referring to the blessed Eid Al-Adha, the crown prince said the great occasion embodied Muslim unity and solidarity together with sharing joy with fellow pilgrims as they performed the Haj rituals.
The crown prince commended the care given by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to pilgrims and his great determination to provide all facilities to pilgrims to perform Haj rituals in an atmosphere of tranquility, faith, safety and security. He said Allah the Almighty has honored Saudi Arabia and its leaders, allowing them to perform this noble service from the time of the founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, followed by his sons until the reign of King Salman who continues in their glorious and righteous traditions.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said despite the disturbing events and circumstances in the region, the Kingdom remained secure and safe in its present and future, thanks to Allah Almighty and the vision of King Salman.
He said he was pleased to join the citizens of the Kingdom in their joy on the blessed Eid Al-Adha and the Kingdom’s National Day which recalled the unification of the country under the banner of Islam, and on the basis of justice and right laid down by the founder of this country, the late King Abdul Aziz, and the march continued after him by his sons.
“As we celebrate our dear country’s 85th National Day under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, we praise Allah for the countless blessings bestowed upon us including security, safety and stability,” he said.
The deputy crown prince said as long as the Kingdom maintained its stability, it maintained its prosperity and progress.
“The stability ensures the maintenance of law and rights and the safety of a productive environment encourages investors, and creates growing opportunities for work and business expansion.”
He said stability would not have been achieved without the accomplishment of justice to the point that increases the confidence in judicial institutions and controlling bodies, uncovers corruption, and maintains accountability fairly and transparently. None of this stability, he said, would have existed without the application of the teachings of Allah.
Referring to Yemen, he said the National Day came as Saudi armed forces were participating in a coalition with their brothers for the renewal of hope in response to an invitation from the legitimate Yemeni government to root out the destroyers of the state.
The Kingdom is keen to support the right, and adhere to firm fundamentals in
achieving justice, and working with its brothers for the maintenance of peace and security in the region and the Arab world, he said.
“The heroic acts performed by all branches of our armed forces in their daily operations side by side with our brothers in the coalition come within the well-established values on which the Kingdom was founded,” he said. “It always supports oppressed people, and provides them with assistance in all its forms to remove injustice against them in response to an invitation from the legitimate government,” he added.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 49 min 40 sec ago

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”