In address on Eid Al-Fitr:

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince Sultan say Eid days offer space for compassion, solidarity, pray Muslims’ ranks are unified in good deeds

King Abdullah launches mega project to purify, automatically bottle Zamzam water

King receives Emir of Qatar, Prince Rasheed bin al-Hassan II, Egyptian intelligence chief

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, delivered an address on the occasion of blessed Eid Al-Fitr for the year 1431H.

Following is the text of the address, read on the media by Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja:

'In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious.

Praise be to Allah, and prayers and peace be on Prophet Mohammed and his family and companions.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon you all and many happy returns.

We bid farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan, after Allah Almighty has honored us to fast and pray during this holy month. We wish that Allah Almighty has already granted us success through using the days and nights of Ramadan to seek worshipping Him and endorsing for us His forgiveness, mercy and satisfaction. Praise be to Allah Almighty that this holy month, which we have enjoyed very much, comes every year as a great occasion for introspection and doing good deeds. We ask Allah Almighty to accept our deeds, grant us His mercy and keep us away from hell.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Following this holy month, Eid comes with happiness, joy and pleasure as a reward by Allah Almighty for the Muslims after spending the month of Ramadan in fasting and doing good deeds. It is really an honorable occasion.

The advent of Eid is yet another opportunity for Muslims to show compassion and solidarity as the rich will be kind to the poor, the older stretches out his hand to the young and you see that all are warm-hearted after being blessed by Allah Almighty to fast and pray during Ramadan and witness Eid Al-Fitr, a festival of joy and pleasure.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We avail ourselves of this great Islamic opportunity to ask Allah Almighty to bring Muslims together to follow the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet (peace be up on him); to accept the Muslims' fasting, prayers and good deeds; to unite their word to do good; to raise their stature; and to help them against whoever shows hostility.

It is our duty towards our brothers and Islamic nation to appeal to Allah Almighty to bestow His mercy on the dead and forgive their sins, asking Him that we would witness the coming holy month of Ramadan amid security, good and prosperity for our nation and the whole world.

Many happy returns. May peace and Allah's mercy and blessings be upon you'.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah opened the SR700 million ($186.6 million) purification station which will supply five million liters of Zamzam water every day to worshippers in Makkah.

The project, which took 30 months for completion, is being complemented by two other schemes aimed at improving the distribution of Zamzam water inside the Haram, said a Arab News report.

The water will be purified every day through two main purification lines, each using a number of filters and a sterilization unit, the report quoted an official as saying.

Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hussayen said 10 million liters would be stored in a tank, from which water will be pumped to the Grand Mosque through four stainless steel pipes, each with a diameter of 200 millimeters.

Once the Zamzam water is treated and stored, it is automatically pumped to 42 distribution stations. Pilgrims and visitors can obtain 10-liter containers of the water at these points by inserting coins in special machines, he added.

Meanwhile, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani on major regional and international issues and ways of strengthening relations between the two GCC neighbors.

"The talks focused on new developments on Gulf, Arab, Islamic and international levels," the Saudi Press Agency said, adding that Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, and Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman attended the talks.

Earlier on arrival at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, the Qatari emir was received by King Abdullah along with a number of princes, senior government officials and diplomats.

Government sources said the visiting emir's discussions focused on developing relationships between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and identifying new areas of cooperation.

Three days before Sheikh Hamad's visit, the largest ever business delegation to visit the Kingdom, comprising 150 entrepreneurs from Doha, came to the capital to strengthen bilateral trade. On Sunday, the Qatari delegates visited potential trade and investment facilities in the capital and held talks the following day with Saudi businessmen.

On Tuesday, the first Saudi-Qatari Joint Businessmen Forum was held at the new headquarters of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI).

Prince Sultan met the Qatari trade team, headed by Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani, chairman of the Qatari chamber, at his Aziziyah Palace on Tuesday. During the audience, Prince Sultan said that the Qatari ruler's visit would bolster the excellent relations that the two countries enjoy. He also told the visiting delegates that concerted action would be taken to implement the decisions made by the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council. Abdul Rahman Al-Jeraisy, deputy chairman of CSCCI, accompanied the visiting delegation to the palace.

The Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council held its first meeting in Riyadh in December 2008 to explore prospects of strengthening political, economic, trade, investment, cultural and social cooperation between the GCC neighbors. The meeting was co-chaired by Interior Minister Prince Naif and the Qatari crown prince who said the formation of the coordination council reflected the farsightedness of the two countries' leadership.

During a speech at the Saudi-Qatari Economic Forum on Monday, Commerce and Industry Minister Abdullah Zainal Alireza said that the two countries could open new areas of cooperation to develop bilateral trade, especially in information technology, the manufacturing of new products and the offering of new services.

Trade between the two countries reached SR6.2 trillion in 2008. During the first half of 2009, some 16 new joint venture projects were initiated at a cost of SR1.6 billion.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah received a telephone call from Sudanese President Omar Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby, commending the king's role in reconciling the two African countries. King Abdullah, who mediated talks between the two countries in Riyadh and Makkah, thanked the two leaders for their appreciation and hoped that peace and stability would prevail between the two neighbors.

Also, King Abdullah received Omar Suleiman, the President of the general intelligence in Egypt.

He conveyed to the Monarch the greetings of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, while King Abdullah asked him to covey his greetings to Mubarak.

The audience was attended by Prince Meqrin ibn Abdulaziz, the President of general intelligence.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received a telephone call from Prince Rasheed bin Al-Hassan II, who congratulated the Crown Prince on the blessed Eid Al-Fitr.

For his part, the Crown Prince expressed thanks to and appreciation of Prince Rasheed for his noble feelings, wishing him continuous health and happiness and the Islamic and Arab nations steady progress and prosperity.