Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives heads of Saudi missions abroad

Scientific forum on autism opens in Riyadh under Crown Prince Sultan’s auspices

Second Deputy Premier holds investment authorities’ efforts in high esteem

Prince Khalid bin Sultan awarded gold medallion

Islamic fiqh conference discussing contemporary medical issues

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his palace in Riyadh this evening Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, the ambassadors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia abroad, and most senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the ambassadors and heads of missions' second meeting, ongoing in Riyadh.

Addressing the gathering, Prince Saud Al-Faisal told the monarch that the meeting attracted 111 ambassadors in addition to heads of diplomatic missions who came to take part in forging the Ministry's 5-year strategic plan.

Then he introduced Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, as supervisor for the plan and asked him to present its main aspects.

For his part, Dr. Madani recalled the patronage of the monarch for the ambassador's first meeting three years ago when they won the King's absolute support for their working plan.

Today, they came first to thank you for the continuous care, patronage and encouragement you bestowed on them and second to renew the meeting and enjoy receiving continuous and prudent instructions as they are ending their second meeting under your royal patronage, he said.

Madani disclosed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken the initiative to probe the views of its local partners: mainly the diplomatically-related government bodies and private sector on the best way to improve diplomatic performance.

This step has assisted the Ministry's planners to reach an objective and ambitious five-year plan which will be forwarded to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as soon as it was completed, Madani said.

Dr. Madani told the monarch 'the ambassador came here today to listen to your advice, instruction and encouragement on the best way to meet the aspirations of their leadership, religion and nation'.

Addressing the gathering, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques welcomed the ambassadors in their country and wishing them all the success.

He held them responsible of serving the religion and nation as messengers of good for the rest of the world, explaining to them 'what you have in your country, including its wealth and stability as well as the service of faith and nation'.

He strongly instructed them to continue the open-door policy for the Saudi nationals abroad.

He said he has some critical points which he would convey to the Minister of Foreign Affairs who would explain them in his turn to the ambassadors later. The King would not like to go into details.

He told them that their job is to convey to the Minister the sincere reality of what is going there.

The audience was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King.

Meanwhile, under the patronage of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, who is also Supreme President of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Province, inaugurated last week the Autism Scientific Forum entitled 'Autistic Children in Eyes of Philanthropist Sultan.'

Upon arrival at the venue, Prince Sattam was received by Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, President of Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME); Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, President-General of Youth Welfare and a number of princes and officials.

Prince Sattam opened an exhibition held on the sidelines of the Forum.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

In her speech, Princess Al-Joharah bint Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, Chairwoman of Supreme Organizing Committee and Head of Center of Mother of Prince Faisal bin Fahd for Autism expressed her thanks to the Crown Prince for this patronage which comes as an extension of his continuing efforts in support of autistic children materially and morally.

She also expressed her thanks to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province and his Deputy for their interest in this forum and for opening its works.

In Riyadh, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received officials of the General Investment Authority.

During the meeting, the Second Deputy Premier was briefed on the authority which he lauded for serving the national economy.

Also in Riyadh last week, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense, Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, graced American Military Training Mission's held party on the 57th anniversary of signing the accord of American Training Mission.

On arrival at the venue, Prince Khalid was received by the Head of American Military Training Mission, Maj. General Van Cycle and U.S. Ambassador James Smith.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan and Maj. Cycle honored six Saudi officers and three Americans who won Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz's silver medallion.

Maj. General Cycle honored Prince Khalid bin Sultan and conferred on him the golden medallion of Prince Sultan for contributing to the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States for the sake of regional security and stability.

The medallion is awarded for those who contributed to consolidation of Saudi-U.S relations and for committing, cherishing and promoting their strategic partnership.

Following the awarding ceremony, Prince Khalid attended a luncheon held on the occasion. It was concluded by presenting him with a memorial souvenir by the Head of the American Training Mission.

The ceremony was attended by the Chief of General Staff, General Salih bin Ali Al-Muhaiya, Deputy Chief of General Staff, Lt. General Hussien bin Abdullah Al-Qubail, Heads of Armed Forces branches and a number of senior officers of both Armed Forces and American Training Mission.

On behalf of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, opened the 2nd International Conference of Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence) ... Contemporary Medical Issues.

The three-day conference is organized by Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Prince Naif also launched a number of educational projects at the university with a total cost of SR1.6 billion.

Prince Naif delivered a speech in which he highlighted the importance of the conference hoping it will introduce solutions for contemporary medical issues.