Crown Prince Sultan decorates chief of staff, commander of ground forces

Prince Khalid bin Sultan visits paratroopers & special forces unit in Tabuk

Prince Khalid: Yemen incidents painful but we must focus on the security of our borders

Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz patronizes ceremony to honor winners of Prince Naif Prize for Prophet’s Sunna

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General received at Al-Aziziyah palace the former Chief of the General Staff Field Marshal Saleh bin Ali Al-Muhaya; Chief of the General Staff-designate Field Marshal Hussein bin Abdullah Al-Qabeel; Deputy Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Abdurrahman bin Abdullah Al-Murshid and Lieutenant General Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Commander of Ground Forces on the occasion of the issuing of royal orders appointing them to their new posts.

The Crown Prince decorated the Chief of the General Staff and the Commander of Land Forces with their new ranks, wishing all success in the service of their religion and homeland under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Supreme Commander of all Armed Forces.

For their part, the Chief of the General Staff, his deputy and the Commander of Land Forces expressed their pride for the royal trust accorded to them, appealing to God Almighty to be at the expectations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince and stressing that they will exert more of their efforts to serve their religion and homeland.

The occasion was attended by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Region; Prince Naif bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz; Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz; Prince Fahd bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz; Prince Misha'al bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet and a number of senior civilian and military officials.

Meanwhile, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs arrived in Tabuk Regional Airport to visit some military units and patronize the conclusion ceremony of the activities of the Fourth Conference on Military Tribunals Court for Military Councils.

Upon arrival, he was received by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Region and a number of civilian and military officials.

Prince Khalid expressed hope that current incidents in Yemen, which he described as regrettable, will end in the best interest of the Yemeni people, saying that, of course, every development in the Arab world or the Kingdom's neighbors would have its moral impact on the Kingdom.

In a meeting with reporters following his patronage of the closing ceremony of the 4th Conference for the Military Courts and Councils held in the North Western Military Region, Prince Khalid bin Sultan also expressed hope that reason and prudence would prevail in Yemen to overcome the crisis.

Saudi Arabia is always ready to contain all circumstances, particularly the security of its borders and the stability of the country, he added.

Asked whether there is concern in Saudi Arabia over political differences in Iran that might affect stability in the region, Prince Khalid bin Sultan expressed unchecked confidence in the Saudi leadership to tackle all developments, saying that Saudi Arabia takes into consideration all accounts, seeks prudence with its neighbors and is interested to bring about security and prosperity in the region.

He denied reports that there are plans to enforce compulsory military service, confirming that routine enlistment is going smoothly leaving no room for enforcing conscription in the Kingdom.

He confirmed that the military units from the north western region stationed in the Eastern Region have been sent on a mission to support the Peninsula Shield Force and their presence there depends on a GCC leaders decision.

In response to a question on the future of military courts, he expressed great hopes of their success, but underscored the importance that every military man should be reassured that justice would be achieved regardless of military ranks.

On the other hand, Prince Ahmad Ibn Abdulaziz, Vice Minister of Interior, patronized in Madinah this week, on behalf of Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also the President of the Supreme Commission of Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud International Prize for Sunna and Contemporary Islamic Studies 2011, the ceremony of the Prize's 5th Contest and Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz 6th Contest for Memorization of the Prophet's Hadith.

At Prince Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz International Airport, the Prince was received by Prince Saud Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, the Prize's General Supervisor, Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Province and Prince Omar Ibn Abdulaziz Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, and Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, Advisor to Minister of Interior and the Prize's Secretary General.