Second deputy premier patronizes ceremony to honor interior ministry retirees

Prince Naif: Nation cherishes all security men

Saudi Shoura Council praises leadership for efforts to protection nation

Transitional Arab Parliament condemns assault on Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty, lands

Saudi Human Rights Commission report hails King Abdullah’s initiatives to enhance human rights in Saudi Arabia, region, worldwide

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior patronized the honoring ceremony of the civilian and military retirees of the Ministry of Interior.

Upon arrival at the ceremony, Prince Naif was received by Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Interior Minister and a number of senior officials.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Director General of Relations and Guidance at the Ministry of Interior, Major General Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Malek has commended Prince Naif's patronage of the ceremony in appreciation of the retirees of the Ministry of Interior to make them feel that they are still active members of the society even after their retirement, praying to Allah Almighty to preserve the Saudi leadership, the religion and the blessings of security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Naif has stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been one among the best countries in the world in terms of security and economy, affirming that the Kingdom's economic position confirms the enhancement of security. 'There will be no security without a stable economy,'' he added.

Addressing the ceremony on Tuesday evening, Prince Naif said last week the state's budget was issued with this high figure, which indicates the economic strength as it is the ultimate necessity for each state as well as the achievement of social security and high level of education in our country in all areas.

Prince Naif said, 'Security men have proved their ability with dependence on Allah and then on themselves and sacrificing their lives for the preservation of the homeland. Praise be to Allah that has been achieved.

In spite of the circumstances in the world particularly in our region and the problems and difficulties in the region surrounding the Kingdom from the south, north and east and west, security has been achieved in our country. All people are safe with regard to religion, themselves, and properties. They all move in confidence and tranquility.'

Prince Naif noted that retirees of Ministry of Interior have effectively contributed to preserving the security of this nation which is proud of all security men as guards of security, adding that they have performed this duty on the ground in defense of the homeland's security and they have achieved a lot and will achieve more, pointing to the state of security on the ground being witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, thanks to the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his right hand- the Crown Prince.

Meanwhile, the Shoura Council hailed the figures of the state budget, which stand historically as the biggest governmental expenditures, since the inception of the Kingdom by the late King Abdulaziz, up to the current era.

The Shoura expressed its appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, for the keenness he showed on continuing to reinforce sustainable development process in our country, by directing that resources are to expend on the most supporting sectors to economic growth and development, and consolidating the attraction of our national economy to investment.

On this occasion, it also extended as well, its congratulations to Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector General, and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior.

These were mentioned in the opening speech of Shoura's Speaker Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, during its 63rd session. The Shoura lauded dedication of more than SR 137 billion in the budget, to sectors of education and manpower training, and considered it as investment in human-building, which constitutes the pillar of development and its objectives.

Saudi Arabia has secured its economic position on the world map, thanks to the economic reforms led by the pioneer of reforms and development, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The Kingdom which is a member state of the Group of 20, has an excellent economic edge, as it is rated as the 13th state on international competitiveness scale, worldwide, it noted.

The guiding speech by King Abdullah in the wake of the budget issuance, addressed to ministers, that they should implement it, in diligence and devotion. Such a guidance would only come from a devout and trusted leader, keen on the religion, the homeland, and keen on his people's interests, and all that is embodied in King Abdullah, and his method of transparency, frankness, and conspicuousness, in any situation and on every occasion that responsibility and trust, are to be attested, the Shoura said.

Dr. Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, the Secretary General of Shoura said that then the Council proceeded to discuss the other issues on its agenda.

The Shoura Council meeting was presided over by chairman Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al Alsheikh.

In a statement following the session, Secretary General of the council Dr. Mohammad bin Abdullah Alghamdi said that the council discussed the two draft regulations of solid waste management and government lands monitoring and violation removal and decided to continue their discussion in a future session.

The council also discussed a report on King Fahd National Library and deferred it to a future session, the secretary general said.

On the other hand, the Transitional Arab Parliament, concluding its 2nd session, condemned the sinful attacks against the sovereignty and territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a final statement prepared by the Parliament's Committee of Foreign, Political Affairs and National Security, the Transitional Arab Parliament also supported all actions taken by the kingdom to defend its territory.

A delegation from the Shoura Council represented Saudi Arabia in the meetings.

In Riyadh, the Human Rights Commission said the initiatives of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia have helped making a qualitative leap in the field of protection of human rights, not just inside the kingdom but at the regional and international levels as well.

The commission, in a report published on the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said this occasion coincides with King Abdullah’s several humanitarian achievements during a short period of time.

The National Human Rights Commission condemned marriages of minor girls that have surfaced as of late in Saudi Arabia, considering it an early death of innocent childhood, according to a statement issued by the commission Sunday.

The statement said that marrying off minor girls in the Kingdom continues to be a violation of the Rights of the Child Charter and the International Women’s Rights Treaty that Saudi Arabia signed in 1996 and 2000, respectively.

The Commission has been following media reports of marriages of minor girls in Saudi Arabia and now is working closely with the authorities concerned to stop this growing trend.

These marriages strip the girl of her basic right to choose her husband going against the grain of Islamic teachings that allows the woman to either accept or refuse the marriage, the statement said.

Medical studies have warned against adverse health and psychological impacts of early marriages on both the mother and her children, it added.

The Commission’s statement came after a court in Onaiza, in the northeastern Qassim Province, dismissed last month a divorce petition filed by the mother of an eight-year-old girl whose father married her off to a 58-year-old man.

The court argued that the mother did not have the right to file such a case on behalf of her daughter and ordered that the petition should be filed by the girl herself when she reaches puberty, usually around the age of 11.

Relatives of the family said the father had been going under financial pressures which forced him to receive an advance dowry of SR30,000 to marry off his 8-year-old daughter to the man who was 50 years older than her.

In January 2008, a Saudi delegation told a UN body – the committee on the elimination of discrimination against women – that human rights in the Kingdom were based on Shariah law.

The delegation said Saudi society was still largely a tribal one where new ideas took time to be accepted.