Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques stresses Saudi Arabia’s support for Jordan in the face of challenges

Crown Prince Sultan gifts Palestinian camps in Lebanon with shipment of dates

Prince Khalid al-Faisal washes Kaaba on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

Saudi Arabia presses 115 charges against Saudis involved in ‘terrorist’ bombings

Egypt’s foreign minister says rapprochement with Iran not to be at the expense of Gulf states’ Arabism and stability

A Royal Decree has been issued appointing Prince Saud Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz as Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant to the Minister of Interior for Public Affairs at the rank of minister.

The Saudi monarch received at his palace King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The two Monarchs held a comprehensive and profound meeting during which they discussed bilateral relations and means to promote them on various fields.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reiterated to the Jordanian Monarch Saudi support for Jordan to confront all challenges based on the understanding that what concerns one of the two countries concerns the other due to the close relations binding the two brethren countries and peoples.

The audience was attended on the Saudi side by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard, and Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

It was also attended on the Jordanian side by Nasser Judah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lt. General Muhammad Al-Raqqad, Chief of Intelligence and Ambassador of Jordan to the Kingdom Jamal Shamayleh.

In Amman, Speaker of Jordanian Parliament Faisal Al-Fayez hailed relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, describing it as distinct at all arenas.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that Jordan is bound to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by deep-rooted ties and based on mutual respect and both Islamic and Arab fraternity.

The Saudi support for Jordan's endeavor to join the Gulf Cooperation Council is emanating from the satisfaction of wise leadership ahead of which is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with the common divisors historically extended and geographically spread, which are binding Jordan to Arab Gulf states.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah also received a group of orphaned children, who are victims of the tsunami disaster in the region of Banda Aceh of the Republic of Indonesia.

The children presented during the reception thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his sponsorship of them, great generosity and noble care.

They also presented to the King a memorial shield and a painting reflecting appreciation for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Afterwards, this group of children chanted Islamic songs before the King.

It is worth mentioning that the Program of the Alliance of the Islamic Cooperation for the Care of Orphans of the Victims of the Tsunami in the Region of Banda Aceh, Indonesia began with a generous initiative by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques by sponsoring two thousand orphans for a period of fifteen years or until the orphan reaches the age of (18) years.

Work in this program began in July 2009. So far, the number of orphans in foster care in the total sponsorship contracts reached 5310 orphaned children.

The audience was attended by a number of princes and senior officials.

They all had lunch at the table of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

In Beirut, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali bin Said Awwadh Assiri has delivered fifteen tons of dates to the UN Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Near East in Lebanon.

The dates were a gift from Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General to the Palestinian camps' residents in Lebanon on the occasion of the coming of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The delivery ceremony held at the Saudi Embassy's headquarters in Beirut was attended by Charge D'affaires of the Palestinian Embassy in Lebanon Mahmoud Al-Asady and UNRWA Director in Lebanon Salvatore Lombardo.

On the occasion, the Palestinian charge D’affaires Al-Asady praised the precious initiative of the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, describing it as one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's generous assistance benefiting the Palestinian people.

For his part, Director of UNRWA expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leadership for all of their assistance to the Palestinian people and their gift offered to the second year in a row on the occasion of the coming of the holy month of Ramadan.

In Makkah, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Province, washed the Holy Kaaba.

Upon arrival, Prince Khalid was received by President of General Presidency For The Holy Mosque and Prophet Mosques' Affairs Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Hussain and Vice President for The Holy Mosque Affairs Mohammad bin Nasser Al-Khuzayim.

Prince Khalid washed inside the Holy Kaaba with Zamzam water mixed with rose perfume.

After that, Prince Khalid circumambulated the Holy Kaaba (Tawaf) and performed prayers. Prince Khalid was accompanied by a number of princes and officials.

In Riyadh, the General Prosecutor continued presenting before the Specialized Criminal Court his case against the accused of joining the terrorist cell that carried out the crime of the terrorist attack against three housing compounds in the city of Riyadh on 12/3/1424 H. and other charges relating to terrorism.

In the fourth session held this week, the General Prosecutor reviewed charges against 15 defendants of the total 85 defendants raising to 49 the total number of defendants faced with charges in the first four sessions of this trial.

The charges against the accused included joining the terrorist Al-Qaeda organization, joining an Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist cell fighting in the country and other charges relating to terrorism.

On the other hand, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Orabi has said that his country's rapprochement with Iran would 'never come at the expense of the Gulf.'

'Gulf security is an Egyptian priority and at the centre of Egypt's attention,' he told the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai in remarks published on Sunday.

Al-Orabi, who became Egypt's foreign minister late last month, Sunday flew to Saudi Arabia, a Gulf heavyweight, for talks with his Saudi counterpart Saudi al-Faisal.

'The Arab world is keener on cooperation with Egypt,' al-Orabi added. Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is due to visit Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, two Gulf countries, this week.

Diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt have been severed since Cairo provided refuge to the exiled Iranian leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi following his ouster by the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Over the decades, relations remained troubled, with Egypt accusing Iran of interfering in the affairs of Arab countries, and Iran accusing Egypt of supporting Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

There has been noticeable improvement in ties between the two countries since former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down earlier this year.