Crown Prince Sultan holds in high esteem efforts by Imam Mohammed bin Saudi Islamic University

Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif thanks Madinah Governor for efforts to facilitate hajj season

Prince Khalid bin Sultan says situation calm on border strip with Yemen

Arab League: No differences with Saudi Arabia, whose role is essential in bolstering joint Arab action

Crown Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General has expressed his appreciation of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University for its humanitarian efforts in allocating the proceeds of the book entitled 'Social Service in Medical Field' for Sanad Children's Cancer Support Society.

In a reply cable to the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Anqari, the Crown Prince said, 'We thank you and appreciate the University for its humanitarian efforts represented in this noble charity work.'

Meanwhile, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, has expressed his thanks to Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Madinah Province, who is also Chairman of Hajj Committee in Madinah after reviewing the number of permits granted to hotels and homes prepared for pilgrims in Madinah for Hajj season in 1431H. as well as statistical results of the number of houses for pilgrims which exceed the targeted capacity of 300,000 beds to 347,037 beds.

In his reply cable to Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, Prince Naif said, 'We thank you and all employees who participated in this achievement, appreciating your efforts.'

In Jazan, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, made an inspection tour of the sectors of Jazan force including the Infantry Battalion 33 and Artillery Battalion 41.

Upon arrival, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was greeted by Major General Hussein bin Mohammed Mualwi, Commander of Jazan Force and a number of its officers.

In a press statement following the inspection tour, Assistant Secretary of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs lauded all forces for their dedicated efforts, stressing the need to continue training and to take advantage of the nature of the land and raise the level of readiness for combat.

Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jazan Province, had received Prince Khalid.

The reception was attended by a number of civil and military officials.

A team of professors from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University will visit France early next week, to discuss with their counterparts at Sorbonne University, France, the establishment of a chair ''The dialogue of Civilizations' at Sorbonne for the development of the ways of dialogue between universities and scientific and research institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the President of Al-Imam University Dr. Suleiman bin Abdullah Abalkhail, has pointed out that this chair comes in the framework of the efforts aimed at achieving the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud calling for the service of peace and rapprochement between civilizations, as well as the achievement of global justice.

He noted that the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Anqari approved that Al-Imam University establishes the Chair at Sorbonne University.

On the other hand, Director-General of World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan expressed thanks to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for holding the Mass Gathering Medicine International Conference under his patronage.

Dr. Chan praised the king for leading the kingdom and its people to the level of the advanced countries.

Her remarks came during her meeting last week with Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Alrabaia'ah.

King Abdullah received the Secretary General of Arab League Amr Moussa and the accompanying delegation.

During the audience, they discussed a number of issues relating to joint Arab action.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Executive Affairs; and a number of officials.

Saudi Arabia on Monday emphasized the need to further strengthen the Arab League by promoting cooperation between Arab countries in order for the 23-member organization to play an effective role at regional and international levels.

The Council of Ministers, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, also called for strengthening the existing Arab League institutions.

“Every Arab country should comply with reforms and agreed upon resolutions and show a high degree of credibility and seriousness in implementing resolutions,” the Cabinet said after the weekly meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

The Cabinet made this comment while reviewing the outcome of the emergency Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya, which made a number of resolutions for developing joint Arab work.

“The reform of the system primarily demands the activation of Arab cooperation by strengthening the Arab League. It does not require fundamental changes in the Arab League Charter,” the Cabinet said.

The Cabinet meeting welcomed the outcome of the Arab-African summit in Sirte and hoped it would contribute to further strengthening Arab-African cooperation and confronting the challenges facing the two regions.

Culture and Information Minister Abdulaziz Khoja said the Cabinet banned vehicles carrying fewer than 25 passengers from entering Makkah and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa during the peak Haj season in order to reduce congestion.

The decision, which was taken on the recommendation of Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif and the Shoura Council, said such vehicles would be banned from Dhul-Qaada 15 to the end of the day of Dhul-Hijjah 13 every year.

However, exceptions would be made in case of some vehicles such as those licensed in accordance with regulations approved by the minister, licensed public transport vehicles and taxis transporting passengers to Makkah, Haj transport company buses having fewer than 20 passengers, which are supervised by the Car Syndicate.

Khoja said violators of the law would be given tough punishment including deportation. Violators’ vehicles would be confiscated until the end of the day of Dhul-Hijjah 12 and a fine of SR1,500 would be imposed on those whose violation was detected at the entrance of Makkah, SR3,000 for violations detected at the entrance of holy sites and SR5,000 for violations detected inside the holy sites.

He said the punishments would be implemented fully or partially.

The Cabinet reshuffled the board members of the Saudi Food and Drugs Authority and the Health Insurance Council. It also agreed to sign a general cooperation agreement with Mauritania, and another accord with Sri Lanka for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion.