Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques welcomes National Guard guests, thanks them for participating in Janadriyah event

Prince Sultan Quran Memorization Contest in Africa concluded

Prince Khalid bin Sultan patronizes international air defense symposium

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his palace in Riyadh the National Guard guests, including scholars, writers, thinkers and media representatives from inside and outside the Kingdom who came to attend the 26th National Festival for Heritage and Culture, currently ongoing in Al-Janadriyah on the northern outskirts of the city of Riyadh.

At the outset of the audience, verses of the holy Quran were recited.

In a speech on behalf of the guests of the National Guard, Al-Naha bint Wild Miknas expressed condolence to the monarch on the sad demise of Her Royal Highness Princess Sita bint Abdulaziz who passed away this week.

Bint Wild Miknas congratulated the King on recovery, good health and safe return to the Kingdom following a successful medical trip abroad recently.

She also extended her congratulations to the King for the high prestigious status this festival is occupying in the international cultural events map, depicting it as an annual appointment that reflects part of the cultural and civilizational revelation from the land of the Mohammadian Mission and providing room for reviewing the tense issues of the Islamic nation and other parts of the world. She cited the Islamophobia symposium within this year's festival as yet a new evidence for the interest of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Muslim circumstances and the current and future of their relations with others.

She said she is proud to have presented some proposals to this symposium to confront this increasing phenomenon of Islam phobia and to support the King's initiative for dialogue among the followers of religions.

Addressing the gathering, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomed the guests for coming to their second country: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

'You deserve the warmest welcome and generous hospitality accorded to you. I thank you for the words you have uttered and the activities you have performed before your brothers the Muslims and Arabs which will be memorized by history. I beg your pardon that I did not ready myself enough for you. I thank you once again and wish you every success. Sorry, because I will shake hands with you while I will be sitting', he said.

Then the guests greeted the monarch one by one.

The audience was attended by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, Commander of the National Guard and Chairman of the High Organizing Committee for the National Festival for Heritage and Culture; Prince Abdullah bin Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Prince Saad bin Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Prince Khalid bin Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Prince Badr bin Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri, Deputy Chairman of the Festival's High Organizing Committee and a number of officials.

Then the guests and the attendees had a luncheon with the monarch.

Meanwhile, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Competition for the Holy Quran Memorization and Recitation in the Continent of Africa was concluded this week.

A speech ceremony was held on the occasion. It was followed by the handing of prizes to the winners.

This year, the number of competitors was more than 3300 from 28 African countries.

On the other hand, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, on behalf of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, opened at Air Defense Institute the international symposium on air defense which is the first of its kind, in the world, to be held, with 21 countries are part in it.

Upon arrival to the venue, Prince Khalid bin Sultan was received by the Commander of Air Defense Forces Lt. General Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al-Hussein and the Commander of Air Defense Institute Maj. General Uthman Abdullah Al-Shihri.

Prince Khalid had also received in Riyadh the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, General James N. Mattis, and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed a number of issues of common concern.

The meeting was attended by the Commander of Royal Saudi Air Force, Lieutenant General Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh, and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia James Smith.