Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to patronize Janaderyah festival on Wednesday

Crown Prince Sultan receives GCC secretary general

Prince Salman opens human resources development fund

Saudi ambassador to the United States stresses deep ties binding two countries

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud will patronize on April 13, the inauguration ceremony of 26th Janaderyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture organized annually by the National Guard.

This was announced by Prince Meteb Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet's Member and Chief of the National Guard, who is also Chairman of the Supreme Committee of National Festival for Heritage and Culture in a speech delivered on his behalf at a press conference by Assistant Deputy of the National Guard, and Deputy Chairman of the Committee Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri who shed light on the major activities and programs of the Festival.

He noted that the King will also grace the first round of the annual grand camel race on Wednesday, next week.

The press conference was attended by Japanese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Shigeru Endo, the guest of honor at the Festival this year.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General received at Al-Aziziyah palace Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

During the audience, the Crown Prince congratulated Dr. Al-Zayani for the trust accorded to him by the GCC leaders appointing him as GCC Secretary General.

The Crown Prince also expressed best wishes and success for the new GCC Secretary General to achieve integration among the GCC member countries in various fields under the wise leadership of its leaders and to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of its citizens.

For his part, Dr. Al-Zayani expressed sincere appreciation of and thanks to the leaders of the GCC for appointing him as GCC Secretary General, stressing that he would do what he could with his colleagues in the Secretariat to contribute to strengthening the Gulf joint action.

He also lauded the vital role being played by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince in supporting the cooperation march of the GCC to achieve the desired integration among their countries in all fields.

The audience was attended by Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of the National Security Council; Prince Dr. Misha'al bin Abdullah bin Musaed, Advisor to the Crown Prince; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Advisor at the Court of the Crown Prince; Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Secretary General of the National Security Council for Intelligence and Security Affairs; Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer, Private Secretary at the Court of the Crown Prince; Prince Misha'al bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz and a number of senior officials.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, opened this week the new headquarters of the Human Resources Development Fund 'Hadaf'.

At the venue, he was received by Minister of Labor Adel Faqih and senior officials.

Addressing the gathering, Faqih said the ten-story building accommodates King Fahd Center for Recruitment which provides guidance and database to job-seekers and Prince Naif Center for Conferences.

He said the fund was successful to provide training and jobs for more than 144,000 of job-seekers, males and females, over the last three years and to spend more than one billion Saudi Riyal in 2010 on training and recruitment programs.

On the other hand, Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir met with Majlis Al-Shoura delegation headed by Eng. Osama bin Mohammed Makki Al-Kurdi, currently on an official visit to the U.S. to enhance further Saudi-U.S. relations, especially in the parliamentary field between the Saudi Majlis Al-Shoura and the U.S. Congress.

During the meeting, the Saudi Ambassador commended the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier, on bolstering relations with friendly countries, a matter which requires additional works to open-up current communication channels to contribute to growing aspects of bilateral cooperation in various fields for the interest of the two countries. 'Moreover, the exchanges of visits between the two countries have given larger dimensions to these relations,' he added.

Al-Jubeir highlighted the Saudi-U.S historical and deep-rooted relations as well as the strategic partnership binding the two countries for more than 70 years at all levels, especially in political and economic domains.

He pointed to the recognition of the U.S. administration of the importance and the status of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at regional and international arenas, particularly in the Middle East, which has contributed to stronger relations and their activation for the service of the two countries and achievement of peace, security and stability in all countries, particularly in the Middle East facing key developments.

The Ambassador affirmed that the relations between the two countries are based on institutionalized foundations characterized by transparency, clarity and mutual respect. He hailed the unprecedented levels of cooperation between the two countries in political, economic, commercial, educational and cultural fields.

Al-Jubeir disclosed that the number of Saudi students on scholarships in the United States of America now reached 30,000 male and female students which was not more than 3,000 a few years back. 'These students are pursuing their academic studies in various U.S. universities, cities and states.'

Meanwhile, the Majlis Al-Shoura delegation has visited Saudi Cultural Attaché Office in Washington DC and met with Saudi Cultural Attaché to the United States of America, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Essa, and Director of Cultural and Social Affairs at the Office Dr. Modhi Al-Khalaf.

The delegation also visited the Institute of Middle East Studies, and met with a number of its officials and exchanged views on various political, economic and commercial fields of concern to the two friendly countries.