Crown Prince receives ministers of education, municipal & village affairs, higher education, chief of PVPVA

Prince Sultan hails King Abdullah Project for Development of Higher Education

Arab Information Ministers follow up efforts to establish media commission

Saudi information minister praises strong march of cooperation, endearment between Saudi Arabia, Egypt

Communications conference inaugurated in Riyadh under Crown Prince Sultan’s sponsorship

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Anqari, President of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Authority (PVPVA) Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Homain Al-Homain and senior officials of PVPVA supervising Prince Sultan chair for Youths and Hisba Researches.

During the audience, the Crown Prince was briefed on the idea, objectives and strategic vision of the project of Prince Sultan's Chair and praised its visions and noble objectives targeting the youths, and how to promote performance of PVPVA.

At the end of the audience, Sheikh Al-Homain presented a summary of the Chair project and a souvenir to the Crown Prince. The audience was attended by a number of princes and officials.

Anqari had opened the International Exhibition of Higher Education in the presence of a number of prominent academicians and officials from 300 universities participating in the Exhibition.

Addressing the ceremony, the minister said, 'I am honored on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education to convey the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who patronizes this unique academic event,' stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been witnessing a great development and progress in all fields, thanks to the wise leadership of the King and the Crown Prince who have given utmost attention to education in general and higher education in particular.

In Cairo, the Council of Arab Information Ministers concluded its extraordinary meeting.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja headed the delegation of Saudi Arabia to the meeting.

The Arab ministers decided to convene a special session of Arab Information Permanent Committee with the participation of legal experts and journalists from Arab countries to discuss reports on a draft resolution on establishing Arab Information Commission.

The Council stressed continuing efforts of Arab countries to combat extremism, violence, sectarianism and terrorism.

Dr. Khoja emphasized the depth of Saudi-Egyptian relations under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak.

In an interview with 'Akhbar Al-Yom' newspaper, Dr. Khoja said that he does not think that any one is ignoring co-operation and solidarity between the two peoples and their leaderships.

Dr. Khoja also said that Arab citizens know very well the Kingdom's efforts to achieve reconciliation and unity of Arab and Muslims ranks, stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to exert such effort.

'These efforts were support by Egypt which is also trying to unite Palestinian ranks' Dr. Khoja said, adding that the Saudi-Egyptian efforts are complementary.

On the situation on the Saudi southern border, Dr. Khoja confirmed that the Saudi Armed Forces has taught the armed infiltrators a severe lesson, as it managed to thwart their nefarious intent to sow split among the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen and to embroil them in a region wide anarchy.

On the other hand, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by Saudi Press Agency, is set to host the World 4th Conference of News Agencies to be held in 2013.

International Council of World News Agencies has welcomed Saudi invitation to play host to the conference, during a meeting recently took place in Madrid on 21-22 of January.

President of Spanish News Agency and the Chairman of the Second International Conference, praised SPA for its gesture and considered it as a willingness to boost co-operation among news agencies in the world, to exchange experience and knowledge and to contribute to serve humane issues.

A Royal approval has been issued, in this regard, to make it a reality.

Director General of Saudi Press Agency Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein welcomed the decision, expressing his anticipation that the conference would achieve its goals and give a push to constructive and balanced co-operation among news agencies and humankind issues in general.

He extended gratitude to and appreciation of the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja for his continuous support for SPA and encouraging it, in all fields.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council committee in charge of communications operation and tariffs held its ninth meeting at GCC Headquarters in Riyadh on Monday.

A GCC Secretariat statement noted the agenda touches on issues including direct internet connection among networks (Peering) and border communications points, as well as restoration of service in case of disruption of national networks.

The committee also discussed roaming services and feasibility of setting up a sea cable to serve the GCC states.