Prince Ahmed takes oath

Updated 30 June 2012

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.


Give your heart to everything you do, Duchess of York tells Misk Global Forum

Updated 27 min 1 sec ago

Give your heart to everything you do, Duchess of York tells Misk Global Forum

  • Sarah Ferguson delighted by warm welcome in Riyadh during Misk Global Forum
  • Ferguson shared her experiences of working to help children worldwide during a panel discussion at the Misk Global Forum

RIYADH: Sarah Ferguson, Britain’s Duchess of York, said that she was moved by the warm welcome she has received from the people of Saudi Arabia. She added that it was a reflection of the good example set by the country’s rulers.

Fergie, as she is known worldwide, said she was excited and thrilled to visit the Kingdom to appear at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh.

“I love the feeling of kindness that I’m getting from the people of Saudi Arabia,” she told Arab News on Wednesday which, appropriately, was International Kindness Day. “Everyone has been so nice here in Riyadh; I think that comes from good leadership.”

She compared this wonderful reception to her experiences in other places “where people are judgmental of you,” adding: “I don’t feel that here. I feel people are embracing me as ‘Sarah’ and that is such a beautiful feeling.”

The duchess said that she hoped to return to Saudi Arabia to help the government build health centers in less-developed areas. But she admitted that it can be tough sometimes to keep going.

“We are all human and have human failings, so the best we can do is keep battling on,” she said. “It’s hard not to beat yourself up sometimes, if you’re feeling down or upset.”

Ferguson revealed that her inspiration is her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, and that she has always tried her best to be a “great mum,” urging them to “learn from my actions rather than my words.”

She added: “If your actions are of honesty and kindness and you unintentionally trip up on the way” people are likely to see you are good-hearted.

The duchess was open about her own bad decisions which, she said, happened because she believed everyone thought the way she did.

“They didn’t, and I didn’t realize that,” she said. Despite past betrayals, she said still trusts and believes in people, and has passed on the lessons she learned the hard way to her children: “I have taught my daughters not to fall into those traps.”

In the past, she said, some people in Britain might have viewed her philanthropic work as “attention seeking,” but did not let that divert her from a path of kindness and a desire to do good.

The duchess later hosted a showcase of her retail brand, which includes room infusers, flavored teas, and jewelry. She said all profits from the jewelry sales will be used to help children through a trust she founded in partnership with the charity Humanitas.

Ferguson was invited to attend the Misk forum by Badr Al-Asakir, head of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s private office. The prince is chairman of the Misk Initiative Center.

During a panel discussion on Tuesday titled “The Resilient Philanthropreneur,” the duchess shared her experiences of working to help children worldwide, and the resilience and persistence it had required.

“Don’t let anyone doubt you and, especially, don’t doubt yourself,” she said, encouraging people to keep an “open mind” and pursue the path they believe is right.

“Give your heart to everything you do,” was her parting advice to young people.