Crown Prince Naif patronizes opening ceremony of forum on Salafism

Crown Prince says true Salafism is the approach that derives its provisions from the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah

Defense Minister Prince Salman receives Palestinian anti-corruption official

Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, patronized the opening ceremony of a symposium on 'Salafism: Sharia-based Path and National Demand' organized by the University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Upon his arrival at the venue, Crown Prince Naif was received by Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Acting Governor of Riyadh Region; Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqari; Rector of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University Dr. Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail; and a number of officials.

In a speech delivered on this occasion, Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said 'The true Salafism is an approach that derives its provisions from the Holy Quran and the Prophet's Sunnah. This country is based on a moderate Salafi approach and is still following this approach.'

'The Symposium aims at clarifying the facts of this approach which was subject to misconceptions such as Takfir, extremism and terrorism. We have a duty to confront and refute suspicions towards this approach. Therefore, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques directed to hold this symposium at this University,' the Crown Prince said.

'We assure you that this country will continue following the Salafi approach which calls for peaceful coexistence and respect of the rights of others,' the Crown Prince added, wishing success for the symposium and expressed hope that it will come out with fruitful results.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of officials.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense received the Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission of Palestinian National Authority Rafiq Al-Natsheh.

During the meeting, Al-Natsheh conveyed to Prince Salman the greetings of President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestinian National Authority and Chairman of Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization. For his part, Prince Salman sent his greetings to the Palestinian President.

The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Palestine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Jamal Al-Shobaki.

Prince Salman also received a number of citizens from Ghat Governorate led by Governor of Ghat, Abdullah Al-Nasser Al-Sudairi, who came to greet and congratulate him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Defense.

During the meeting, Prince Salman stressed the keenness of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince that development includes all regions and governorates of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, noting that the Kingdom enjoys security and stability and it has been in the forefront of the countries of the world, thanks to its adherence to Islamic tolerant religion.

Prince Salman also received Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Li Chengwen and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed the prospects of joint cooperation between the two countries.

On the other hand, Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region patronized this week the 7th meeting of the founders of Prince Salman Center for Disability Research, which was held at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Center in Madinah.

Addressing the meeting, the Prince thanked Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, the Founder of the Centre and the President of its General Assembly, calling on businessmen in ?Madinah to join the membership of the founders of Prince Salman Center for Disability Research.

In his speech, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and Chairman of the Center's Board of Trustees said that during the meeting an endowment for the Center will be inaugurated.

The Prince also disclosed that Riyadh Development Commission has provided a 7,233 square meters of land-plot for the establishment of a building, estimated to cost SR 65 million to benefit from its proceeds for supporting the Center and its researches.

In a press statement, Prince Faisal bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Foundation said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince is witnessing qualitative steps within the framework of the government's attention to provide the requirements of persons with special needs.

Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, governor of the Eastern Province, laid recently the foundation stone for the National Industrial Training Institution (NITI) Hasa.

In an address on the occasion, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd thanked the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and its partners for their efforts to establish this institution, which will be an important addition to develop qualified Saudis to work in the industrial sector.

Among those attending the event were Hasa Governor Badr bin Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Jalawi and the Minster of Labor Adel bin Mohammad Faqih.

During the ceremony, which was organized by Saudi Aramco and TVTC, Saudi Aramco and Saudi Electric Company signed a partnership agreement with TVTC to establish the institution, according to a latest press release of Saudi Aramco.

For his part, Ali Al-Ghafis, governor of TVTC, expressed his gratitude to Saudi Aramco for taking a role in establishing the institution and for providing counsel that enabled the building of the institution according to the latest international standards.

Also, Saudi Aramco had a role in the formation of the institution's vision, he added.

Thousands of young Saudis are working in power stations of the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), laboratories of Saudi Aramco and SABIC, proving that Saudis are looking for opportunities to work in vocational and technical jobs, said Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco.

Manufacturing is an important part of the Kingdom's development strategy, so having Saudis qualified to work in that field will be an essential foundation. This is important to the development of the Kingdom’s economy, Al-Falih said.

TVTC launched many training institutions in partnering with the private sector, Al-Falih said.

'This allows partnering companies to contribute directly to ensure that graduates are well qualified for the job market. It also provides opportunities for these partners to hire these new graduates. Saudi graduates will have a chance to be trained by these companies and a chance to obtain a job, thereby employing thousands in manufacturing,' he added.

During the ceremony, 12 institutions and companies - including Marafiq, Luberef, Sadara and Red Sea Refinery, among others - signed a letter of intention with NITI, signifying their intention of recruiting from its graduates.

NITI is an independent and not-for-profit training school that can enroll as many as 2,000 trainees and whose graduates will meet the need for technicians in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The goal of the institution is to attract high school students for a two-year program during which the students will learn English language skills, undergo technical training and participate in an internship.

The areas in which students specialize will prepare them for jobs in the energy industry, including petrochemicals.

Al-Falih said he was optimistic about the promising future for technical and vocational training in the Kingdom.