Crown Prince Sultan discusses with Abu Dhabi Heir Apparent host of regional, international issues

Prince Sultan donates 20 million rials for Saudi society for hearing disability

GCC interior ministers meet in Riyadh to discuss key security issues

Second Deputy Premier hails security cooperation, Kuwait proposes amendment to Gulf security pact

Riyadh Governor says economy in Saudi Arabia is free, in line with sharia

Sultan Qaboos briefed by GCC secretary general on preparations for leaders’ consultative meeting

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, held a meeting at his ranch in Alboibiat with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Heir Apparent of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.

At the outset of the meeting, the Crown Prince Sultan welcomed Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In turn, the Heir Apparent of Abu Dhabi expressed thanks to and appreciation of the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of what he was accorded of warm reception and generous hospitality since his arrival.

During the meeting, they reviewed overall situations at Gulf, regional and international arenas and discussed ways of enhancing and strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields.

The meeting was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior and Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet from the Saudi side.

It was also attended by General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior from the UAE side.

Meanwhile, Prince Sultan donated a sum of 20 million Saudi rials in support for the Saudi society for hearing disability, which thanked the crown prince for his “typically generous” donation.

In Riyadh, Gulf Cooperation Council countries' interior ministers held last week the 11th consultation meeting.

The Saudi delegation to the meeting was led by Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

In a speech on the occasion, Prince Naif called on the GCC cultural, media and intellectual institutions to carry out their security duty and contribute to building positive attitudes among members of the society, boosting their national loyalty and bolstering their intellectual immunity against negative effects that undermine their national identity and alienate their thoughts and attitudes in a way that serves their enemies in view of the globalization of thought and the ideology of globalization.

Then, the GCC ministers held their closed-door work session.

The meeting issued a press release in which they welcomed the return of calm to the border line between Saudi Arabia and Yemen stressing their support for the Saudi defense measures and reiterating their support for Yemeni security and stability.

The ministers hailed Saudi security agencies' successes against terrorism and stressed GCC countries' firm stands renouncing all forms, motivations, justifications and sources of terrorism and extremism.

Prince Naif later hosted a dinner in honor of Gulf Cooperation Council countries' interior ministers and delegations that attended the 11th consultation meeting of the GCC interior ministers.

The banquet was attended by Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, and Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz.

On the other hand, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, patronized on Tuesday the ceremony organized by Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry to mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment.

On arrival at the venue, Prince Salman was welcomed by Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Zainal Ali Rida and Chairman and members of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Salman highlighted the big strides made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in various domains, notably in the economic domain.

He noted that economic activity in the Kingdom is based on free enterprise in the light of the Islamic teachings.

Prince Salman highlighted the existing cooperation between the private and public sectors.

He thanked Allah Almighty for the bounties bestowed on the Kingdom since its unification under the leadership of King Abdulaziz.

Prince Salman said Riyadh - the capital is open for all, reiterating his readiness to meet with members of the Chamber to exchange views on issues of mutual interest.

On his part, Abdurrahman Al-Jeraisey, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, said the history of the Chamber dates back to 1372H when Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Miqeirin and a number of merchants of Riyadh requested the establishment of the Chamber, and their request was realized in 1381H.

He lauded the support extended by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to the Chamber.

Al-Jeraisey shed light on the contribution of the Chamber and its efforts to establish fruitful partnership with the governmental executive organs as well as its role in updating several economic legislations in addition to training of the Saudi youth.

On his part, Saad Al-Mijil, the Deputy Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors highlighted the importance of establishing an international center for exhibitions and said it has come in line with the Royal order, issued on 04/09/1417H.

He noted that the center contains national products which will contribute to boosting national industry.

Al-Mijil hailed the generous support being extended by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and his Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz to the project of the center.

The Chamber's Secretary General Hussein Al-Azl praised the role played by merchants and businessmen in the establishment of the Chamber and expressed appreciation for the support extended in this respect by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Al-Azl hailed the efforts exerted by Prince Salman to turn Riyadh into a modern city which is capable of competing several capitals around the world. 'We can not speak about Riyadh city without mentioning the vital role played by Prince Salman in its development.

Prince Salman, then, visited the exhibition of historical photographs organized on the occasion and watched a documentary film on Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Prince Salman honored former ministers of Commerce and Industry, Abdullah bin Ahmad Zainal Ali Rida, who is the current Minister of Commerce and Industry as well as former and current members of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Saud bin Abdullah al-Faisal, a number of other princes, ministers, senior officials and several diplomats and businessmen.

In Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman met with GCC Secretary General Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the blessed march of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and means of enhancing it in all areas in order to serve the common interests of peoples of the GCC countries.

Al-Attiyah briefed Sultan Qaboos on the ongoing preparations for the GCC consultative summit, due to be held in Saudi Arabia in May.

For his part, Sultan Qaboos expressed his best wishes for the success of the summit.