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Second Deputy Premier opens headquarters of National Committee for Narcotic Control

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Prince Salman says Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ patronage of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue is great support for its objectives

Governor of Makkah extends thanks to Deputy Custodian for sponsoring ceremony to lay foundation stone for King Abdulaziz International Airport

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud has reassured all people about his good health, saying that he is fine and will return soon to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be among his people.

The King expressed his thanks to and appreciation of his people and brothers of The Cooperation Council for The Arab States of The Gulf (GCC), and Arab and Islamic countries, and everyone who has asked about him, for their prayers to Allah Almighty to bestow good health and recovery upon him, stressing that he would not forget their sincere prayers and noble feelings.

The King said, 'I do enjoy my works during my convalescence. I shoulder the responsibility. Time passes. The work for me is a comfort, especially the work for those people for whom I shoulder this great national responsibility'.

The King made an interview to Kuwaiti Newspaper Al-Seyassah conducted by its Editor-in-Chief Ahmed Al-Jarallah and published last week. The following is the text of the interview:

Question: I express to you my sincere feelings on behalf of the peoples of The Cooperation Council for The Arab States of The Gulf (GCC) and their satisfaction at seeing you receiving the leaders of the world after your recovery. We congratulate you on the good health and recovery after the indisposition.

Answer: It is no wonder of the feelings of these peoples with whom we share the bonds of love and brotherly relations which have been deep-rooted in history. I express my thanks to and appreciation of the GCC peoples. We are part of this Gulf.

Our identity is one. Their peoples are our people. It is no wonder of their sincere feelings and a great love for me. I greatly appreciate them. The sincere feelings towards me have not been expressed from GCC states only, but also from Arab and Islamic states. I appreciate these feelings which have been a source of comfort to me. I pray to Allah Almighty for continuing glory of these brotherly relations with the GCC peoples, for continuing stability, tranquility and security in our countries, and for the blessings bestowed upon us. I say to all peoples of the GCC states and peoples of Arab and Islamic countries who have expressed their feelings of friendship and brotherhood towards me what I have said to our people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that I am fine as long as you are fine.

Question: The people of the GCC states see that your early audiences and following up the affairs of your country and the world may cause tiredness to you as you are still in the convalescence period.

Answer: The works generates enjoyment in me during my convalescence. We shoulder the responsibility. Time passes. The works give a comfort to me. May Allah Almighty help anyone who is in a position of the responsibility. I find in the works an utmost comfort, particularly the works of those people for whom I shoulder this great national responsibility. I praise Allah Almighty that I am fine and what I have been performed of declared and undeclared activities has no harm whatsoever to me and will not affect my convalescence.

Question: Those who have followed up your activities are afraid that your activities may affect your convalescence.

Answer: As I have told you that the works bring about health to me. We shoulder the responsibility and we will be questioned about it. Once again, I convey to all those people who have asked about me that I have closely followed up their noble feelings towards me. I appreciate their concern about me, and praise be to Allah Almighty that I am fine. Whatever they have followed up of my activities whether Saudi, Arab or international activities is a source of comfort to me and brings about good health.

I want to reassure all people that I am fine, and I will return to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia very soon, God willing, to be among my people and brothers in the GCC states. I will not forget their sincere prayers for my speedy recovery, and their noble feelings which reflect the reality of the historic relations between us. We and the GCC peoples are in the same ship. We pray to Allah Almighty to protect this region from any harm.

Question: I conveyed to you the feelings of those people who have been disturbed by your indisposition and their jubilation after your good health and recovery as well as holding official audiences.

Answer: I know this and I have seen it from the leaders of the GCC, Arab and Islamic countries. I express my thanks to and appreciation of all people and I greatly appreciate their deep and noble feelings.

Question: I convey to you that Saudi, GCC, Arab and global economic parties have followed up Saudi Arabia's current fiscal year budget and its figures, what about these huge expenditures.

Answer: We are a country blessed by Allah Almighty who bestowed upon us many resources. They are the blessings of the Two Holy Mosques. We are honored by Allah Almighty to serve the Two Holy Mosques. The Kingdom is the land of divine messages. It has many resources. The budget is well-studied and it aims to improve and develop the social infrastructure as well as the infrastructure of the Saudi homeland as a whole, in addition the development of economy and industry as we want diverse and national outputs in the upcoming years that will be alongside the revenues and resources of oil production.

The budget is well-studied. The expenditures and revenues are well-known. I repeat that our country has many resources. The budgets in the upcoming years will not be less than this year, but they will increase more and more. We should thank Allah Almighty for many resources and blessings bestowed upon us. Everyone will get his opportunity, God willing.

We seek through these great budgets addressing any deficiencies in our economic and social facilities. Our people and upcoming generations will enjoy the resources of their country. On this occasion, I have ordered the completion of social structural projects quickly so that all people can benefit from them as soon as possible. I want that present generations and the youth of future to enjoy economic and social development.

Question: I want to convey to you that the peoples of GCC, Arab and Islamic countries, will be jubilant as you have been following up their sincere feelings towards you.

Answer: I am the happiest about their feelings. I wish them constant good health and recovery. I express my thanks to and appreciation of them for their sincere and noble feelings and great love.

On the other hand, Secretary General of The Cooperation Council for The Arab States of The Gulf (GCC) Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Atiyyah, has expressed his pride of the affirmation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, in his interview with Kuwaiti Newspaper 'Al-Seyassah', on the ties of brotherhood and common destiny of the GCC states and peoples, quoting the King as saying 'We and the GCC peoples are in the same ship. I pray to Allah Almighty to protect this region from any harm'.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Al-Atiyyah prayed to Allah Almighty for the King's safe return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following his good health and recovery, greatly appreciating the King's efforts for supporting the GCC actions.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and President of the National Committee for Narcotic Control (NCNC), opened the headquarters of NCNC General Secretariat.

Upon his arrival at the venue, Prince Naif was received by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Salem and a number of officials.

Prince Naif cut the ribbon marking the opening of the headquarters of NCNC General Secretariat. Then, he toured the electronic exhibition established by the General Secretariat to raise awareness of harmful effects of drugs.

Then, Prince Naif received on this occasion a commemorative shield from Princess Moudhi bint Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Director of Women's Program at NCNC General Secretariat. Prince Naif thanked Princess Moudhi and her colleagues for their efforts in delivering their patriotic message.

The Second Deputy Premier toured the open exhibition where he was briefed on the methods of smuggling as well as the drugs seized by the General Department of Narcotics Control and Customs Department in 1430/1431H.

After the tour, Prince Naif talked to reporters about the dangers of narcotics, drug use and drug dealers, saying that the citizen regardless of his position is responsible for fighting against all forms of this scourge.

Then, the Second Deputy Premier chaired the first meeting of the third session of the National Committee of Narcotics Control which was attended by members of the committee.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif listened to a brief on the programs offered by national institutions supporting the committee.

In the presence of the Second Deputy Premier, several memoranda of understanding between NCNC and each of SABIC, Bin Laden Group, National Commercial Bank, Abdul Latif Jameel Group and STC were signed.

Then, the Second Deputy Premier handed over commemorative shields to government bodies, companies and institutions sponsoring this event.

In Riyadh, Prince Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, received Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Hossein and members of the Presidential Committee of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Salman commended the efforts exerted by Sheikh Saleh in the promotion of the culture of dialogue, tolerance and moderation.

The Prince also praised the results achieved by the Center in the promotion of the culture of dialogue between different strata of the society, saying, 'The patronage of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud for the Center, has been a tremendous support for it to promote its noble objectives.

Meanwhile, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, extended thanks to the Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for sponsoring the ceremony held to lay the foundation stone for King Abdulaziz New International Airport in Jeddah.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on this occasion, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said that this huge project is among the biggest that is witnessed in the Kingdom, pointing out that it copes with the ever rising demand on air traffic through years, and it will complement other projects under construction.