Kuwaiti council of ministers congratulates Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques over his recovery, return to Saudi Arabia

Second Deputy Premier receives Bahrain Crown Prince in Riyadh to discuss bilateral relations, hails cooperation

Prince Khalid Bin Sultan, Turkish defense minister discuss means to boost cooperation

Saudi interior ministry warns of any types of protests

Kuwaiti Council of Ministers congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on his safe return to the kingdom after a successful therapeutic trip and recovery thanks to God Almighty.

The Kuwaiti cabinet appealed to God to bestow permanent good health, wellness and long life upon the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to pursue his usual role in leading the march of good and development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and strengthening its vital role in championing the causes of the Islamic and Arab nations.

In its weekly meeting under the chairmanship of Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the cabinet wished the Kingdom and its people every progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

In Riyadh, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, met with visiting Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Kingdom of Bahrain this week.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz expressed welcome of Prince Salman bin Hamad and the accompanying delegation, lauding the close ties binding the two kingdoms and the current cooperation between them in all fields.

For his part, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa thanked the Second Deputy Premier for warm welcome and generous hospitality, praising the fraternal relations binding the two countries and peoples.

The meeting was attended by Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; Abdullah bin Ahmed Zainal, Minster of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet; Dr. Ahmed Al-Salem, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior; and senior protocol.

On the Bahraini side, the meeting was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance; Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the Economic Development Council; and a number of high-ranking civil and military officials.

Then Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz gave a dinner party in honor of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the accompanying delegation.

Meanwhile, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, received at his office in Riyadh Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Vecdi Gönül and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, Prince Khalid bin Sultan cast light on the historical ties binding the two countries culminated by signing an agreement for friendship and cooperation between the two countries in 1929.

He noted the two state visits the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has paid to Turkey in 2006 and 2007 as well as similar visits of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, to the Islamic country.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan quoted Turkey's President Abdullah Gul as saying the other day that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the Islamic world's most important countries.

He recalled that his official visit to Turkey last year has yielded the signing of a bilateral agreement and laid the foundation for boosting cooperation between the two countries further more in the defense field.

He expressed hope to see Turkey a strategic partner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

For his part, the Turkish minister thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for warm welcome and generous hospitality. He praised the keenness of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to further boost relations between the two countries in all fields. Then the two sides discussed issues on the agenda of the meeting.

Following the meeting, Prince Khalid bin Sultan said a number of agreements on cooperation between the two countries, exchange of experience and training courses in the military field were signed.

He disclosed that joint exercises will be conducted between the two armies.

Prince Khalid gave a dinner party in honor of visiting Minister Gönül and the accompanying delegation.

They also exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest.

The banquet was attended by General Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohayya, Chief of General Staff, and senior army officers. Business leaders also took part in the event.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Interior issued this week the following statement:

'In light of noticing attempts of some people to circumvent the laws and relevant instructions and due processes in order to achieve illegitimate objectives; and in confirmation of what was announced on 02/01/1430H, the Security Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior explained that the laws enforced in the Kingdom strictly prohibit all forms of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins as well as any call for such actions because these contradict the principles of Islamic Law (Sharia) and the values and norms of the Saudi society; they further lead to public disorder, harm to public and private interests, breach of the rights of others, and to wreaking havoc that result in bloodshed, violation of people's sanctity and loss of their possessions, and encroachment on public and private properties.

The Security Spokesman stressed that while the laws and values prevailing in our society, under the laws of Allah and the teachings of His Messenger, have sanctioned legitimate venues for expression and open doors for communication at all levels to serve the public good, the security forces are lawfully authorized to take all necessary actions against whoever tries to violate the law in any way, and he will be subject to the full force of the relevant regulations.'

Majlis Al-Shura stressed the importance of preserving the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and not paying any attention to misleading calls for the organization of demonstrations, sit-ins and marches, which are incompatible with the principles of the Islamic law through which the Saudi leadership and people have been governed in all their affairs.

The Majlis endorsed the position of Senior Scholars Council in the Kingdom, which stressed that the Islamic law prohibits demonstrations in this country, warned against deviant intellectual and partisan links, and called for advice and understanding.

The Speaker of Majlis Al-Shura Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh emphasized the necessity that every citizen should preserve the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and adhere to the Saudi unique approach of the open-door policy and writing directly to the leadership or any official to achieve a demand or eliminate a grievance.

He noted that the statement of Senior Scholars Council stressed that the Kingdom has been based on the Holy Quran, Prophetic Sunnah, allegiance-pledge, commitment to the unity of people, obedience and advice.

The Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a statement in which they underscored the importance of scholars in times of crisis and turmoil which are spreading across the world nowadays.

The statement, broadly, calls for unity of ranks because it is one of the most fundamentals of Islam, an aspect that the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) strongly asserted.

In their statement, the senior Scholars noted that while appealing to God Almighty to bestow stability on all Muslims and to agree on the right path by rulers and ruled alike, they thank God Almighty for the united word of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as described in the Holy Book of God Almighty and the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) under the wise leadership that has the right legitimacy.

Keeping the unity of the group is one of the greatest pillars of Islam, the statement emphasized.

Through its progress and advancement, the Kingdom has managed to preserve the Islamic identity, and now as it owns legitimate means to defend it, the council said. The kingdom will never allow -God willing- any incoming thoughts, neither from the West nor from the East, to distort this identity or to wreak havoc among the community, the council added.

By serving the two holy mosques, Saudi Arabia has secured to its self a special merit among the Islamic World, the council said.

The council added, 'Consequently, the Council of Senior Scholars as it senses the bliss of the unanimity of opinion, in the light of the Holy Quran, the Teachings of the Prophet and under the wise leadership, calls on all to spare no effort to strengthen the unity and warns against any thing that may cause sedition.'

The statement also warns against all deviant intellectual and partisan links, stressing that the reform and advice have their legitimate approach that brings interest and averts evil, and not by issuing statements of intimidation and inciting strife.

Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on the Holy Qur'an, Sunnah, pledge of allegiance, unity and obedience, the reform and advice can't be carried out by demonstrations and means and methods that stir discord and divide the group, the council said adding that the scholars of this country have agreed on prohibiting such acts and have warned against them.

The council also emphasizes the prohibition of demonstrations in this country since the legal manner to realize interests should not be accompanied with trouble but counseling which is enacted by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

The council said it is important that the legal, control and executive authorities should carry out their duties as mandated by the State regulations and directives of the leadership and punish any negligent person.

The council appealed to God Almighty to protect the country and all other Muslim countries from all evils.