Makkah shrines development projects illuminating landmark in the history of the Holy Mosque

Royal Order to refer Lt. General Abdulrahman al-Faisal to retirement, appoint Ayesh as commander of air force

Prince Sultan thanks participants in world conference for Quran learning

German interior minister thanks Prince Naif over Saudi Arabia’s efforts to free two children

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal order by which the Commander of Air Forces Lieutenant General Abdulrahman bin Fahd Al-Faisal was pensioned off as of the date of this order.

The royal order also promoted Major General Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh to the rank of Lieutenant General, and appointed him as the Commander of Air Forces.

King Abdullah also issued a royal decree appointing Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Ajaji as Deputy Chairman of Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers with an excellent grade.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, sent a cable of congratulations to Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmuhsin Al-Turki.

The Crown Prince thanked Al-Turki for the heartfelt feelings he expressed towards him on the occasion of concluding the First International Conference on Teaching the Holy Quran organized recently by MWL in Jeddah Governorate.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior has received a cable from the German Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Thomas de Maizi're in which he expressed thanks to and appreciation of the efforts undertaken last month by the Kingdom in liberating two German girls from their kidnappers in Yemen.

In his cable, the German interior minister also expressed deep gratitude and thanks to the Government of the Kingdom for its valuable efforts in the restoration of the two German girls who had left Riyadh for Germany on a German airplane earlier last month.

On the other hand, The President of Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban received U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia James Smith and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the field of human rights.

Dr. Al-Aiban highlighted the developments witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field of human rights.

The U.S. Ambassador praised the efforts exerted by the Kingdom in the field of human rights, commending the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law.

Prince Naif also received the professor and members of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Chair for the Studies of Virtue Promoting and Vice Prevention at the Islamic University in Madinah.

In a speech during the audience, Prince Naif urged the men of Virtue Promoting and Vice Prevention Commission to work in an appropriate way and deal with the public leniently. He hoped the commission would choose their employees in a good way; deal in an ideal way with the society's groups; and follow a constructive dialogue with the media. He encouraged Saudi universities to spread awareness about the importance of the rite of virtue promoting and vice prevention.

Prince Naif wished success to this chair and other chairs in universities in producing results on the ground.

In Amman, the Saudi-Jordanian Joint Business Council concluded its 6th session.

The Saudi delegation was led by Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Auda while Nail Al-Kabariti chaired the Jordanian side.

The final communiquéأ© included a number of decisions and recommendations to promote and boost bilateral economic, commercial, industrial and investment, topped among is a recommendation to establish a unit to serve companies and investors from the both countries in order to eliminate customs and non customs barriers hampering the flow of bilateral trade.

The Saudi delegation to the meeting of the Saudi-Jordanian Business Council visited the headquarters of the Organization of the Jordanian Industrial Cities, located in the south of Amman.

The delegation was briefed on the role and activities of the Organization.

The Organization's Director General A'mir Al-Majali confirmed the keenness of the Organization on enhancing cooperation with the Kingdom's industrial organizations.

At a meeting held by the two sides, aspects of cooperation between the industrial organizations of Saudi Arabia and Jordan were reviewed.

The Chief Executive Officer of Jordanian Establishment for Development of Economic Projects Eng. Yarub Al-Qadhat has called for the establishment of strategic partnerships between Saudi Arabia and Jordan in investment and industrial exports as well as opening new markets for their economies.

During his presentation of investment environment in Jordan on the sidelines of the 6th meeting of Saudi-Jordanian Business Council, he pointed out that Saudi Arabia tops the list of trading partners to Jordan with a share of 15.5 percent of total foreign trade with an amount of $ 530 million last year.

Al-Qadhat noted that Saudi investments in Jordan amounted to $ 1.87 billion, including $1.54 billion in industrial sector from 1996 until the end of last month.

In Makkah, Prince Mansour Ibn Meteb Ibn Abdulaziz, the Minister of Municipalities and Rural Affairs will inspect on Tuesday the implementation of the Project of Holy Sites Train estimated to cost SR 6.7 billion to be undertaken by Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs.

The train will be ready for use with 35 percent of its capacity in this year's Hajj season and will be operation with full-capacity next year.

The project is being executed by a Chinese company.

It is one of the most important projects executed in the Holy Sites in the service of pilgrims by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier.