Governor of Makkah patronizes social development forum

Prince Khalid al-Faisal says no time for negligence, laziness, pledges to watch projects “minute by minute”

Prince Khalid bin Sultan honors retired Saudi general, hails military drills

Prince Miteb asserts National Guard is always ready for its duty

Shoura Council approves women’s participation in municipal elections

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Makkah Province, patronized the Social Development Forum organized by Majed Ibn Abdulaziz Society for Development and Social Services.

In an address on the occasion, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal congratulated those responsible of the Forum which is a right step on the track of sustainable development and partnership, wishing the Forum all success.

On his part, Prince Meshal Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Jeddah, the Chairman of the Society's Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Forum expressed his thanks to and appreciation of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal for patronizing the Forum's activities, noting that the Forum aims to enhance the concept of sustainable development as a strategy through which all people should move for the interests of their institutions as well as for the prosperity of the homeland and its citizens.

In her speech on a closed-circuit television, Princess Al-Bandari Bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, the Director General of King Khalid Foundation commended the Forum and highlighted its objectives for the enhancement of the culture of creative initiatives in all philanthropic areas, emphasizing the necessity for training the manpower professionally on systematic bases as a strategy derived from Coordination Council of all Foundations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Addressing the ceremony, the Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen pointed out that the march of social works in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on the religion of Islam, noting that sustainability and partnership in the balance of social development in the Kingdom represent a remarkable progress in this march.

Prince Khalid also chaired a meeting of the Provincial Council.

The Prince briefed the Council on his recent inspection tours of the Governorates in the Province.

The meeting dealt with in-depth discussion on the progress of implementation of developmental projects, the qualification of cadres working in the projects, as well as a general plan for Commission of Development of Makkah and The Holy Sites.

In Riyadh, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, held a party in honor of retiring Chief of Staff General Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohayya.

Addressing the gathering, Al-Mohayya thanked Prince Khalid bin Sultan for the prestigious recognition of his 50-year service in the armed forces.

He extended thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, for their support for him during his long-serving tenure.

For his part, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz gave an account on the rich personal and national achievements of the retired general, paying tribute to his contribution to the victories of his country in two regional wars.

Then Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz handed over a thanking letter from Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz to retired General Al-Mohayya together with a memorial gift.

Answering questions of reporters following the event, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz reassured that the current joint exercise with Turkish forces is yet another sign of the Saudi preparedness to defend the country, noting that it was also a continuation to the Saudi armed forces endeavor to hold joint exercises with foreign countries' armed forces, citing the U.S., France, and Britain.

Asked on the expansion plans of the Military Colleges, he said 'need always determines the number of new recruits which is determined by the Higher Officers Committee'.

The event was attended by armed forces senior officers.

Meanwhile, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, state minister and commander of the National Guard, confirmed plans to purchase advanced war planes for the security organization.

“Our aircraft purchase plan is progressing well. We don’t face any obstacles,” he said.

Miteb made this comment while attending a graduation ceremony for the infantry regiment of the Prince Turki Brigade in Khashm Al-An, near Riyadh.

He did not say what kind of aircraft the National Guard was looking for. However, he pointed out that his organization required aircraft with certain specifications. “It will take time as such planes will not be readily available like cars,” he pointed out.

Miteb said the National Guard is ready to face any eventualities. “Our forces are always well-prepared to carry out its national duty, whenever it is required,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying.

The prince urged the newly graduated officers to work hard in the service of the nation. He praised the high standard of military training they received. He also watched a demonstration by graduates displaying their various military skills.

He later visited an exhibition organized by the National Guard, displaying its efforts to fight drugs smuggling. The prince urged all Saudis to support the government’s endeavors to combat the social evil.

The function was attended by Abdul Mohsen Al-Tuwaijri, assistant deputy commander, Maj. Gen. Turki bin Abdullah, commander of the brigade, and other senior officers of the National Guard.

“We are happy that this graduation ceremony coincides with the sixth anniversary of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s rule,” said Maj. Gen. Turki. He underscored the tremendous progress achieved by Saudi Arabia during the king’s reign.

In its 38th ordinary session, presided over by its Speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, the Shoura Council approved a bill to impose annual financial charges on white land lots lying within urban zones in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Council also called for taking the necessary measures to allow women to take part as voters in municipal elections according to Sharia law and to what the State would see within its scope for the public interest.

Following the meeting, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, the Secretary General of the Shoura Council, said the members approved with majority a report presented by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, underscoring the importance of implementing a comprehensive plan to solve the flood and rains drainage problem, including the prevention of building habits at valley streams.

The Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz attended the meeting and took part in answering the members' enquiries.

Discussion on the performance of the General Auditing Bureau was adjourned for a future session.