Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques approves establishment of nanotechnology institute, receives former Iraqi premier Allawi

71 reciters in Crown Prince Sultan Quran Memorization Contest in Burkina Faso

Second Deputy Premier chairs committee supervising Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj Research

Saudi Arabia underlines importance of commitment to chemical weapons ban treaty

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Meqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence, laid the foundation stone of King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology in Riyadh Techno Valley.

In a speech on the occasion, Prince Meqrin bin Abdulaziz expressed happiness to participate with an elite of scientists, specialists and interested people the laying of the foundation stone for the building of King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

King Abdullah received at his palace the former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and the accompanying delegation.

During the audience, the current situations in Iraq were reviewed.

The audience was attended by Prince Meqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi Ambassador to the United States of America.

King Abdullah also received at his palace the Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu and the accompanying delegation currently on a visit to the Kingdom.

During the audience, the Minister conveyed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the greetings of President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China and in turn, the King extended greetings to the Chinese President.

A number of issues of common interest to both countries was also reviewed during the reception.

The audience was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King and Yang Honglin, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Quran Memorization Society in Burkina Faso organized the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Contest with the participation of 71 male and female reciters at the conference hall of the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce.

In Riyadh, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj Research, chaired the meeting of the Supervisory Committee for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj Research.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif welcomed the members of the Supervisory Committee, commending the research projects conducted by the Institute during the last years to develop the services of Hajj and Umrah.

The meeting dealt with the research projects carried out by the Institute, and discussed the vision and strategy proposed for the development of the Institute.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Higher Education Committee and Member of the Supervisory Committee Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari and a number of officials.

On the other hand, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, decorated the Chief of the Defense Staff of France Admiral Edouard Guillaud with King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Class in recognition of his efforts in enhancing cooperation relations between the two countries.

The decoration comes in implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The decoration ceremony was attended by a number of officials.

In the Hague, Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Shaghroud, who is also Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, highlighted the measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention.

His remarks came while leading the Kingdom's delegation to the 62nd Session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which was concluded last week in the Hague, the Netherlands.

'The most important measure was the establishment of the National Authority for the Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, whose area of jurisdiction was recently expanded to include the Biological Weapons Convention', Ambassador Al-Shaghroud said.

'Emanating from its firm policy that aims to disarm all weapons of mass destruction and to enhance international peace and security, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to the commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention', Ambassador Al-Shaghroud added.

He also called on countries possessing chemical weapons to intensify their efforts to destroy their stockpiles of such weapons.