King Abdullah offers thanks to Saudi people over their congratulations on his recovery

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques orders appointment of all hired Saudi citizens in the different sector

Shoura Council congratulates King Abdullah over his safe return home

Arab experts call for observing King Abdullah’s initiative to set up an international anti-terrorism center

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah Palace a number of princes; Grand Mufti of the Kingdom Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh; ministers; senior officials and a group of citizens.

On this occasion, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques delivers a speech as following:

'In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, my brothers and my sons, the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.. I wish you luck and thank you. There is nothing to say except God Almighty blesses you.

I ask you to forgive me for not shaking your hands because it is an important thing for me, but I hope to forgive me, I am willing to see the people of Saudi Arabia with pride and dignity,

I thank those who visited me here, who are at their homes and who are in their own countries, thank you, thank you, thank you. My sincere love is for you, for my religion, for my nation and for my people. Thank you', the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques concluded.

After that, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives number of the family members of Al-Rajihi who expressed appreciation of and thanks to King Abdullah on his condolences and sympathy on the late Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Rajihi.

The audience was attended by a number of princes and officials.

King Abdullah has ordered the official appointment of all citizens who are recruited at all categories of jobs and who are paid from the state budget.

The Royal Order also included those working at government agencies and not being paid from the general budget.

It also included the employees who are on the list of the employed, the category of wages and category 105.

The Royal Order pointed out that the process of officially appointing those employees will be implemented by a committee from the Ministry of Civil Service, Ministry of Finance and the relevant body gradually starting from the next fiscal year 1433/1434 H.

This came in a statement made by the Minister of Civil Service Mohammed bin Ali Al-Fayez to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Minister of Civil Service Mohammad bin Ali Al-Fayez pointed out that the latest royal orders and decisions carry a lot of benefits to the citizens, extending gratitude and appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for paying such a care and having interest in the welfare of the common citizens.

In an interview to Channel 1 of the Saudi TV, Al-Fayez explained some aspects of these orders pertaining to the Ministry's financial regulations and terms benefiting governmental civil employees.

The minister said King Abdullah’s Decree came as follows:

“In Awareness of the importance of the growing numbers of university graduates qualified for teaching, and in light of the limited opportunities of government jobs, and the responsibility we bear on our shoulders and has the largest share of our concerns and given our determination to search for effective solutions for this problem, we commanded the following:

First: Forming a supreme committee includes the Second Deputy Premier and Interior Minister; Minister of Education; President of the Royal Court; Minister of Finance; Minister of Labor; Minister of Civil Service; Minister of Higher Education; Minister of Economy and Planning, and Minister of Social Affairs and the Committee has the right to hire specialists from home and abroad, to study this matter urgently in a period not exceeding four months from the date of the issuance of the decree and to develop practical, quick and appropriate solutions for this problem in the public and private sectors, and to report to us on it one by one.

Second: Our herein order is to be reported to the competent authorities for approval and implementation.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.”

Meanwhile, King Abdullah sent a written message to Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, addressing distinct fraternal bilateral relations, issues of common interest and recent developments at the regional and international arenas.

On the other hand, the message contained congratulations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Emir on the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait and the 5th anniversary of ascending the throne of Kuwait.

During a reception, Saudi Ambassador to Kuwait Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Fayiz conveyed the message which was received by Sheikh Ali Jarah Al-Sabah, Minister of Emir Court's Affairs.

King Abdullah received a telephone call from the United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

During the conversation, the latest developments at regional and international arenas were discussed.

In Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain expressed congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud on his safe return home.

Presided over by Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, premier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Bahraini Cabinet extended, in its session this week, congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Bahraini Cabinet wished King Abdullah steady good health to continue steering of development process. King Abdullah received a telephone call from Sultan Qaboos bin Said of the Sultanate of Oman, congratulating him on safe return to homeland after a successful therapeutic trip abroad.

During the conversation, bilateral relations between the two countries were reviewed and the latest developments at the regional and international arenas were discussed.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his kind fraternal feelings.

The king also received a telephone call from Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Chief of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces, congratulating him on safe return to homeland after a successful therapeutic trip abroad.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked General Tantawi for his noble kind feelings, wishing him continuous health and happiness.

King Abdullah had received a telephone call from former Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, congratulating him on safe return to homeland after a successful therapeutic trip abroad.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked him for his noble feelings.

Presided over by its Speaker, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, the Shoura Council extended congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud on the occasion of his safe return home.

In a statement on the occasion, Shoura Council also extended congratulations to Crown Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General; Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; the noble royal family and whole Saudi people, for the safe return home of King Abdullah.

Al-Shoura strongly Hailed the recently issued royal orders on the eve of the safe return home of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for its significant impact on the livelihood of citizens and positive effects on the national economy atop among are on unemployment and housing problems in addition to creating job opportunities for the graduates.

The unlimited support of the Saudi leadership, the King, Crown Prince and Second Deputy Premier to the Shoura Council is highly appreciated, Shoura Council stressed in its statement.

The Shoura Council had held a session presided over by its Speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh.

During the session, the council agreed on the draft agreement on a multimodal transport of goods among the Arab countries.

The council also listened to a number of reports from the Healthy and Environmental Affairs Committee; Transport, Communications and Information Technology Committee and Administration and Human Resources Committee.

Meanwhile, Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry Said it has submitted a detailed report to pertaining authorities in the Kingdom and Egypt, on how to protect Saudi investments in Egypt, pointing out that Egyptian Public Investment Board has set up a bureau to receive Saudi investors complaints and grievances.

In a press statement, the Council said the affiliated Saudi-Egyptian Joint Business Council has met in emergency recently and was presided over by Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel, Chairman of Council of Saudi Chambers and the participation of Dr. Abdullah bin Sadiq Dahlan, Co-Chairman of the Saudi-Egyptian Joint Business Council; Egyptian Commercial Attachأ© in the Kingdom and a number of Saudi investors in Egypt to discuss the situation of Saudi investments in Egypt, and how to protect them.

A team of Arab anti-terrorism experts recommended the continuation of Arab efforts in the United Nations, through coordination with the Islamic Group and other groups to adopt a resolution by the UN General Assembly to establish the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism proposed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Concluding their 10th meeting held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo this week, the Arab counter-terrorism experts also stressed urging the Arab countries that have not ratified yet the Arab Anti-Terrorism Convention to ratify it, calling for the need to seek to forge a unified Arab position of counter-terrorism issues at the regional and international levels.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated in the two-day meeting by a delegation representing the Ministries of Justice, Interior and Foreign Affairs in addition to a representative of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Arab League.

In Geneva, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Speaking before the Human Rights Council in Geneva, an affiliate of the United Nations, said Saudi Arabia is currently introducing a package of reforms in different fields.

He cited, the judicial field, political system, economic sector, improving governmental performance, corruption combat, enhancement of principles of national dialogue, support and enhancement of human rights, participation of women, enacting new laws to protect women, and achieve the welfare of Saudi citizens.

Al-Aiban noted that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has laid the foundation for the new renaissance in the Kingdom within a framework of a gradual and balanced development that matches with the aspirations of the society and the Islamic Sharia law.

He said Saudi Arabia has adopted a clear policy based on tolerance and dialogue with the followers of civilizations and cultures, citing the King's initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures and the convening of a number of symposia, meetings and conferences in the world.