Total failure of calls for protests in Saudi Arabia

Second Deputy Premier: Out people do not get deceived thanks to their closeness to leadership

Prince Naif: Some wicked parties sought to have kingdom a stage for chaos

Prince Saud Al-Faisal: Saudi Arabia to cut off fingers tampering with its stability

Majlis Al-Shoura: Noble Saudi people gives great example of loyalty, commitment to nation’s security, wealth

Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud opened the Sixth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Municipal Work Conference.

A number of GCC ministers concerned with municipal affairs and specialized experts are participating in the four-day conference which is organized by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

Before delivering a prepared speech on the occasion, Prince Naif made remarks in which he congratulated Saudi leaders and people on their loyal and noble stand saying that 'some evil people wanted to make the kingdom a place for chaos and marches that are void of noble goals, but they proved that they do not know the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.'

Prince Naif, 'Here, there are aware people, generous people and loyal people who do not get deceived by lies. They know themselves. Our people have proved to the whole world that they are at the helm of cohesion with their leadership as one nation clinging to their constitution, the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet. We cannot thank the Saudi noble people enough.'

He added, 'I am fully confident that this had a significant effect on the heart and mind of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Today, as we say thank you and congratulate our king on his people; tomorrow, we will say thank you to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and congratulate the people on their king.'

Prince Naif said, 'In addition to thanking all Saudi citizens, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, our scholars and Imams of mosques and all sane people of this country. They responded strongly and trustingly in God Almighty to the evil people who want us evil, but, thank God, we secured this country and all its interests. This is a summary of what I wanted to say although I have a lot to say to the people who raised our heads in front of the whole world. Thank God.’

In his prepared speech to the conference, Prince Naif highlighted security, stability, development and prosperity the GCC countries and people enjoy due to adherence to Islam and GCC leaders' great efforts calling on the people to maintain these achievements.

Prince Naif underlined GCC leaders' care for GCC municipal work calling for more coordination and cooperation among GCC municipal authorities.

Meanwhile, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, stressed the Kingdom's absolute rejection of any interference in its internal affairs whatever the form and source of such interference; and of any question about the keenness of the Kingdom's leadership on the interests of the country and its citizens as well as the respect of their rights.

Prince Saud also emphasized the Kingdom's absolute refusal of any infringement on the Islamic principles and values on which the Kingdom's laws and regulations are based, including the regulations that establish the principles of civil society and aim at protecting the society and maintaining its security, stability and integrity against sedition. Such issues are provided for by the teachings of Islamic Law (Sharia) and confirmed by the statements issued by the Senior Scholars Commission and the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom.

This came during a press conference Prince Saud Al-Faisal held at the Branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Makkah Region. 'These statements stressed the necessity to stand by the interests of society, and emphasized that reform and advice can not be made through demonstrations and means that raise sedition and cause disunity.

These statements forbade demonstrations that violate the applicable regulations which are based on the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet. I hope that this stance is clear,' Prince Saud added.

Answering a question on the regime change in Egypt and its impact on the peace process, Prince Saud Al-Faisal said that this is a matter the Egyptians themselves will decide.

On the stance of GCC member states towards approving or calling for a no-fly zone over Libya, Prince Saud said that the ministerial council of foreign ministers which held a meeting in the United Arab Emirates discussed the issue and concluded that it is of the Arab League responsibility and postponed the issuance of a final communiqué on this issue to Thursday in Riyadh in order to make contacts to know whether it could be discussed by the Arab ministerial council.

Prince Saud pointed out that it was approved to hold an Arab League meeting. Hence, the issue will be discussed and the aim of convening the ministerial council was to stop bloodshed and show keenness on the territorial integrity of Libya. The options to reach this objective, which is to protect Libyans and stop the bloodshed, fall on the capacity of the Arab League and its ministerial council.

Answering a question on the events taking place in some Arab countries, the prince said 'I think each country has its characteristics and each country is different than the other, thus, we cannot treat their circumstances collectively as if it is a common phenomenon. There are 22 Arab states. For four or five of them, to face similar events in some aspects should not be strange, but treating them should be different.'

On the meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers, Prince Saud said 'I have declared that the objective is to stem the bleeding and to maintain the unity of Libya.'

Answering a question on appointing Saudi Ambassador to Egypt, Prince Saud pointed out that any ambassadorial-related issue is a matter of confidentiality for the Foreign Ministry.

Whether the current events in the region are due to instigation of other foreign factors, Prince Saud said 'The external intervention is obvious... whether it is the main cause or not, I think each country has its peculiar conditions in this context.

There are some people who believe in conspiracy and that things do not move unless motivated by an external intervention; however, the issue stems from a combination of factors rather than only one.'

In response to a question on reports that there are foreign fingers intervening in the internal affairs of the Kingdom, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of foreign affairs said 'We will cut off any finger comes to the Kingdom. We won't accept at all any interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom, as we do not interfere in the internal affairs of others. We are a State based on Shari' a (Islamic law) and will not accept to be blamed by whoever sees in this system something he doesn't want'.

He added: 'Change comes by the citizens of this country and not by the theory of foreign fingers. we do not need them since the days of Abraham (PBUH) and this nation knows its interests and needs and the way to achieve its goals and will continue to maintain its independence and it is committed to the interests of its citizens'.

In response to a question on reports that Iran is behind the stirring of some seditions in the Kingdom, Prince Saud Al-Faisal explained:’ As for Iran, we hope it deals only with the demonstrations in its country. We do not have demonstrations like those in Iran, and I repeat what I have mentioned before that we will not tolerate with any interference in our internal affairs by any party whoever and we will continue this policy, and we confirm that had the Kingdom spotted any interference cases, we will deal with them decisively'.

On arrangements in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regarding the support of solidarity and activation of the unity, Prince Saud Al-Faisal said 'I think that the last meeting was very important in this context. I think that solidarity and unity of approach and goal were expressed in this meeting, more than in any previous one. I think you will note from now on a fundamental shift in the solidarity, unity and agreement of the Council on unified strategy and policies'.

In response to reports by a number of foreign newspapers on a request from the Libyan Transitional National Council to be recognized by the Kingdom and on reports carried by Iranian News Agency on an expected visit by the Iranian President to Saudi Arabia, but was canceled due to the difference in opinions about what is happening in Bahrain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said 'We didn't hear these nor that, but it isn't strange that Iranian Press fabricate such news'.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal also asserted that the Arab League has specific responsibilities and the Arab states agree on specific strategies in the Arab League and the responsibilities point out that the public interest of the Arab States is the tool that takes care of these interests and deals together with international and UN organizations.

Therefore, these interests are the main concern of the ministerial council and the annual Arab Summit Conference.

In response to reports circulated by a number of foreign newspapers on a U.S. request from the Kingdom to arm or finance the revolutionists in Libya, Prince Saud Al-Faisal said 'I've never heard such reports nor imagined that'.

Responding to a question regarding the Saudi-U.S. relationship, he emphasized 'We do not interfere in the internal affairs of the United States of America and we are keen on the U.S.-Saudi ties'.

Meanwhile, Majlis Al-Shoura, presided over by its Speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Asheikh, extended congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, for the loyalty and commitment shown by the Saudi People towards the motherland's security and resources.

The Majlis underlined that support of citizens and their cooperation with the public order men in the field to confront those who are calling for anarchy, was a clear indication and a spontaneous response to any one who directs evil against a country which plays host to the Two Holy Mosques and which is based on applying Sharia in all aspects.

Instigating people to violate law neither achieves a demand nor fosters reform, Al-Shoura said, adding that what is needed is commitment to dialogue path as ordained by the guardians of the nation.

In a statement following the session, Secretary General of Al-Shoura Dr. Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi said they discussed a number of other local issues on its agenda.