Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in an interview to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasah:

Saudi Army vanquished infiltrators but did not enter Yemeni territories

Kingdom protects its lands and people, evil persons would be defeated be it groups or governments

We hold in high esteem the role played by Emir of Kuwait in GCC summit, GCC leaders’ support for Saudi Arabia in the face of aggression

Saudi Arabia’s economy is doing well, global financial turndown’s effect is limited

I want GCC to be one effective force feared by all

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has given an interview to Kuwaiti newspaper 'Al-Siyasah' conducted by its Editor-in-Chief Ahmed Al-Jarallah.

Following is the interview:

Q: How do you see works of the 30th GCC Summit recently held in Kuwait?

A: 'At the outset, I should point to the warm welcome and generous hospitality of Kuwait. We have been honored by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's good feelings toward our country and our family in Saudi Arabia. Let me tell you that what binds us with Kuwait, its people and the ruling family is fraternal, deep-rooted and historical relationship that is a true model of cohesion and cooperation between brothers and remains as ideal ties.

With regard to the GCC Summit, it has re-confirmed solidarity among the GCC states. These states have been enjoying effective inter-action and mutual interests, which would upgrade their positions at Arab and international arenas. The positions, announced in the final communiqué or the remarks of the GCC leaders, have been a true reflection of the leaders' stances. We, in Saudi Arabia. feel that the way of the GCC states is integrated based on good faith and work towards a better future for our peoples. Some of the projects have been approved at the Summit. They serve vital, economic, developmental and sustainable development of the peoples of the region. They are important projects, but we want more than what has been accomplished.'

Q: Are you satisfied over the results of the GCC Summit, or you want more?

A: Let me compare between the GCC and the European Union states. In spite of different customs, language and culture among the peoples of the European Union, the Union has proceeded a long way in unity, solidarity, and common interest inter-connection among their peoples. I aspire to see the track of the GCC states which are united by religion and language, and even dialect, far much better than the European Union's track, as the GCC states have all elements of interest interconnection that make them united better than the European Union.

We agreed at the summit on grid and water interconnection between the GCC states. The Gulf single currency agreement was approved and we have taken a decision to establish a railway interconnection among the six states. These projects are good starts to a new phase of period of 30 years after the GCC foundation. These six countries are very important on many levels, and their turning point of development should be very quick.

Our states have deep culture and religious, humanitarian civilization, and they enjoy a great economic strength, and therefore they can achieve great leaps forward in the field of development and growth so that they will not be outside the world development movement.

Q: What do you desire from these six countries to be (in future)?

A: The GCC peoples want that their leaders move along one united track whether in world markets, or at international forums, rather than each state goes on a separate way, which makes owners of interests abroad exploit each state, whether these interests stem from cultural agendas they want to export to our societies, or from economic interests to be imposed by the strong on the weak people.

You ask me what I want from the GCC to be. I want one strong power dismayed by all, an effective power with one track and a sense of unity.

Q: After thirty years of the GCC foundation, how do you see the performance of its leaders?

A: The GCC has been consolidated by solidarity between its peoples and leaders. It needs a lot of sincere work for its progress so that we can leave to future generations what we are proud of.

At the summit, I stressed a lot on solidarity, and how relations should be between the GCC states, peoples and leaders. The leadership is a burden and it is faithfulness that enlightens our hearts and our way for the interest of the homeland and the nations so that we could be a strong nation.

We should note that the world around us has been troubled, and it has passed an economic storm. We thank Allah that we have gotten out of it despite the panic experienced by the people. The world is talking now about an environmental catastrophe that may have negative effects on the ground.

The world has witnessed and is witnessing problems, some of them have been overcome and others can be overcome. There are other problems under study. In such a climate, is it not right to call for greater solidarity among us in the GCC countries, and even among all Arab countries?

If we do not have solidarity, it will be easy for others to exploit us or we will be subjected to terms of agendas of some powers, and the world will overwhelm the weak people. Arabs should learn from past experiences and look at the future with full responsibility. Although we aspire to much from the GCC, but Arabs can learn from the fruits of the GCC countries during the last thirty years, and the Gulf States have the natural right to be in solidarity to the optimum level to be an effective power and not to be exploited by anyone.

I have been frank with the GCC leaders in the recent summit in Kuwait when I said that the Kingdom and its leaders seek for the good interest of the GCC countries, and we want to see the solidarity up to the point of sense of unity. We felt satisfaction over the solidarity when the GCC leaders announced at beginning of meetings of the Summit, their full support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its confrontation with infiltrators on our borders.

Here it must be noted that this infiltrated handful group is not the real power that we fight to prevent its evil. The question is who is the real power that drives this handful group? The fact of the matter is known, and its targets are known, and why it is in this part of our country.

Q: As regards the infiltrators into the territory of the Kingdom, do you re-assure the peoples of the Kingdom and GCC states that your position is well?

A: Praise be to Allah that victory had been completed after defeating infiltrators. There are no longer anyone on our territories except citizens. My instructions have been clear and explicit to our brave army that its movements should be within the territory of the Kingdom and should not step inside the territory of Yemen.

We have told the army to keep away infiltrators and preserve the security and the borders of your country only, these have been my instructions. We are a state that does not interfere in the affairs of others, and does not accept that anyone interferes in our affairs. The Saudi army has conducted the battle in a high level of the national spirit which we all appreciate for all sectors of the armed forces.

Q: What is the goal of the aggressors in infiltrating into the territory of the Kingdom?

A: The whole world is now aware of the evil goals that this handful group had tried to achieve through the infringement of the territory of the Kingdom. The land, chosen by Allah to be the country of the Two Holy Mosques, is protected by Allah and is victorious against evil-doers, who creates strife and unrest for evil goals. All these evil goals will be defeated wherever their owners are, whether they are groups or governments. The Kingdom which is the land of goodness and faith will remain protected by Allah and the brave Saudi armed forces that have been defending their homeland. The armed forces have defeated evil groups and continue to preserve our country and our families. Preservation of the homeland is a holy Jihad (War).

It should be noted that those who sold their religion and homelands for a handful of money or for achievement of illusions in their minds, will be defeated.

We reconfirm that the Kingdom would not interfere in any country's affairs and does not accept that other states intervene in our affairs. The infiltrated group which infringed on our land has known that the Kingdom has been strong against anyone whatever might his power, so a rebellious group whose power has not been stemmed from its own-self has been defeated. We have been victorious against it.

Q: How do you foresee the Saudi economic experience for the GCC states after the financial crisis that has swept the whole world, and the quick recovery of Saudi economy from its effects?

A: First of all, I confirm that the Saudi economy is fine, and the impact left on it by the global financial crisis had been limited, which resulted from the panic that prevailed among the people. This had been normal and it did not take a time until people had been reassured about the procedures undertaken by the state in this regard.

Our budget last year was higher than the previous one in spite of the world financial crisis and this year it is better than the last year which will be reflected on the Saudi economy which is in a very excellent condition. The Kingdom has a national awareness of investment being led by experienced government sector and a private sector skilful in the economic matters of the world. In spite of the global financial crisis, the desires of foreign investment in the Kingdom have increased over the past year.

We have expected at the beginning of the year that oil prices range between 75 and 80 U.S. dollars per barrel, which is a fair price. The prices conform to our expectations. The oil prices are to be firm or perhaps there is going to a reasonable rise.

Q: What about your decisions on Jeddah floods?

A: Investigations have been still underway to determine who was responsible for this disaster. Yes, I had not been comfortable with what happened in Jeddah. We should be prepared to confront the floods and prevent any damage from their effects. That is the least of what should be the situation.

The basic matter is that there should not be factors conducive to the occurrence of the disaster witnessed by Jeddah. We will not be lenient with anyone who has derelicted his duty. Jeddah floods have revealed what we should do in the next days to improve the infrastructures in Jeddah and other Saudi cities.

Q: What about the purpose of launching four religious television channels by Minister of Culture and Information?

A: The purpose of these stations is to educate people with correct Islamic culture and religion revealed by Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him). They are channels for enlightening people on correct religious education to keep away from those persons who interpret verses of the Holy Quran and Prophet's sayings contrary to their meanings to serve their own interests.

Meanwhile, Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials a number of topics particularly the King's interview with Kuwaiti Newspaper Al-Siyasah.

In their editorials Al-Jazirah, Al-Yaum and Al-Bilad newspapers commented on the interview of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasah, saying that the King stressed that Saudi Arabia is a holy land that will remain protected by Allah Almighty and the Kingdom's Armed Forces who have sincerely and firmly performed their duties and proved that the land of Islam will always remain a protected territory.

The papers noted that the King emphasized that all movements of Saudi heroic Armed Forces have been conducted inside the Kingdom's borders, but not outside the Kingdom.

In its editorial entitled 'Muslims are strong by their banner of monotheism that there is no God but Allah', Al-Nadwah newspaper said that the King stressed in an audience with the Second Deputy Premier on Sunday that whatsoever the enemies of Islam have done, they will neither affect Islam nor Muslims.

It said that Islam's enemies, whether they are from sons of Islam or others, will not succeed in paralyzing the ability of this religion for expanding and spreading all over the world.

On the disaster of Jeddah floods, Al-Madinah newspaper pointed out that the detention of 32 persons of various levels of former and incumbent officials, administrators, contractors and others, has come in implementation of the strict directives of the King starting from his order to form an investigation committee to deal with the effects of the disaster and to punish those persons who caused it.