Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques patronizes opening ceremony of City of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman

King Abdullah receives message from King of Morocco

Moroccan minister of communications, active powers hail invitation for Morocco to join GCC

Pakistani government denounces terrorist attack on Saudi consulate

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud graced the Opening Ceremony of the City of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University for Girls which is built at a cost of more than SR 20 billion.

At Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqri, Minister of Higher Education and Dr. Mohammed Al-Maziad, Deputy Minister of Finance and Supervisor on the University project.

Upon his arrival, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques boarded an automatic train where he toured Princess Nora University.

During the tour, the King was briefed on the facilities of the University and listened to a detailed explanation by the Finance Minister and the Deputy Minister of Finance on the administrative, educational and residential facilities.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques headed to the administrative building where he toured by electrical car the building as well as the central library.

Upon his arrival to the headquarters of the opening ceremony, the Royal Anthem was played.

The Rector of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University for Girls Dr. Huda Al-Ameel greeted the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Then, the ceremony began by reading verses from the Koran.

Then, a speech by the minister of finance was delivered. The minister said the overall area of the university is 8 million square meters and the area of the buildings is more than 3 million square meters.

The minister said the university includes 15 colleges, an educational hospital with 700 beds and other facilities.

Then, the Minister of Higher Education delivered a speech in which he hailed the king's support for education.

Afterwards, the director of the university delivered a speech in which she praised the king's establishment of the university.

Later, the king watched a documentary on the university and then announced the opening of the university city of Princess Noorah bint Abdulrahman University.

Then, the king received a memorial gift, a model of the university, on this occasion from the minister of finance.

The event was attended by a number of princes and senior officials.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah received a message from Moroccan King Mohammed VI.

The message was handed over to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques by Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Taieb Fassi-Fihri during an audience the King held for him at his palace in Riyadh.

During the audience, the Moroccan Minister conveyed the greetings of King Mohammed VI to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. In turn, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques sent his greetings to King Mohammed VI.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of National Security Council; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the Guard National; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; and Moroccan Charge d'Affaires Mustapha Belhadj.

Moroccan Minister of Communications and the Government Spokesman Khalid Naciri confirmed that Morocco is greatly interested in the fraternally good invitation it received from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states to join the GCC.

Following the Moroccan cabinet weekly meeting, Naciri said, in a press conference, that there are strong historical, humane, political, economic and human relations binding Morocco to the GCC member states, expressing simultaneously feeling proud of the quality of relations binding the two sides.

The Moroccan minister pointed out that his country, through the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, will begin to discuss all aspects that would lead to the utmost levels of best cooperation that should serve the mutual interest of the GCC member states and Morocco as well as Arab and Islamic just causes.

On the other hand, Rahman Malik, Pakistan's Interior Minister, paid a visit to the Saudi embassy in Islamabad to offer condolences on the martyrdom of Hasan bin Misfer Al-Qahtani, the Saudi diplomat who was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Karachi.

The Minister was received by Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy Jassem bin Mohammed Al-Khaldi.

Malik expressed deep shock and sorrow and extended his condolences to the family of deceased, confirming that his country would continue search to catch the culprits as soon as possible and bring them to justice.

He said Pakistan condemns terrorism and would continue its fight against terror acts.

He also explained that the Pakistani Government would take all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of diplomatic missions and the protection of Saudi diplomats in Pakistan, lauding the relations between the two countries and confirming that whoever shows enmity to the Kingdom is in reality an enemy of Pakistan.

In his name and on behalf of the staff of Saudi Embassy and Consulate General as well as the Saudi nationals working in Pakistan, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz Al-Ghadeer thanked Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, senior officials and officers, and the brotherly people of Pakistan for offering condolences on the death of Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani, a member of the staff of Karachi-based Saudi Consulate General.

In a statement issued this week, Ambassador Al-Ghadeer said the martyr Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani was honored to serve pilgrims in many Hajj seasons and to participate in relief work and aid distribution to Pakistani people during Pakistan flood disaster.