Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives message from U.S. president

Bahrain parliament speaker terms as “heroic” Saudi Arabia’s backing for his country

White House describes U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia as “strong and important”

Palestinian ambassador to Saudi Arabia says renunciation of Makkah deal brought Palestinian issue to lose much

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received a message from U.S. President Barack Obama.

The message was delivered by U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon during an audience held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Donilon and his accompanying delegation at the King's palace in Riyadh.

Donilon conveyed the greetings of President Obama to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. In turn, the King sent his greetings to the President.

A number of issues of common interest were reviewed during the meeting.

The audience was attended by Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of National Security Council; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Saudi Ambassador to the United States of America Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir; and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia James Smith.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah, the Premier and President of Higher Education Council, has approved the establishment of scientific research centers in the faculties of Science, Medicine, and Engineering at Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.

The University's President Dr. Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail has expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the King for his approval which represents his confidence and support for the University.

On the other hand, Crown Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, has expressed his thanks to Prince Faisal Ibn Khalid Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Asir Province, and the Province's citizens for their noble feelings on the occasion of the safe return to the homeland of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud.

In a reply cable, the Crown Prince said 'We thank you for your feelings of love and loyalty to the leadership and the homeland, praying to Allah Almighty for the Kingdom's steady progress and prosperity.'

Meanwhile, the speaker of Bahrain's House of Representatives Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Dhahrani extended thanks and gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, the Second Deputy Premier, the Saudi government and people for the dignified stance taken by the Kingdom in support of the Kingdom of Bahrain in order to face up the latest developments which have recently taken place in Bahrain aiming at undermining its security and terrorizing its people. This came during a meeting between Al-Dhahrani and the Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh within the brief visit paid by Al-Dhahrani and the accompanying delegation to the Kingdom.

Al-Dhahrani lauded the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Bahrain during the recent crisis. The GCC has demonstrated to the world at large their solidarity, unity and support against any foreign plots targeting their collective security or that of any single member, he said.

He briefed Al Al-Sheikh on the latest developments in Bahrain, confirming that his country is now stable and secure following the prudent measures taken by the Bahraini leadership and the support of the GCC through the Peninsula Shield Force.

For his part, Al Al-Sheikh conveyed the greetings and thanks of the monarch, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier to the Bahraini delegation for their noble feelings, confirming that the support of Saudi Arabia for Bahrain emanates from the fraternity ties binding the two countries.

Members of the delegation then had lunch held by the Speaker of the Shura Council in their honor.

Following the banquet, Al-Dhahrani described the Saudi position in the recent crisis of Bahrain as heroic and that it sent an unequivocal message to whoever thinks to tamper the security of any GCC state.

He drew the attention that Bahrain is not the only GCC state targeted by enemies.

The Bahraini delegation, which arrived at Riyadh King Khalid International airport earlier, left en route home.

They were received and seen off by Al Al-Sheikh, Shura Council senior officials and Bahraini ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In Riyadh, Palestinian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Jamal al-Shobki said the renunciation of the Makkah agreement reached by Fatah and Hamas in February 2007 was a “folly” that brought the Palestinian issue to lose much of the support that Riyadh could have offered if only there was commitment to the political project that ended Palestinian split.

Shobki’s remarks coincided with the delay in holding presidential and legislative elections as a result of Hamas’ foot-dragging on accepting the deal in light of an initiative offered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

The Palestinian diplomat accused Hamas leaders abroad of throwing a spanner in Abu Mazen’s initiative to get out of the current political crisis and the Palestinian division.