Crown Prince Naif receives Deputy Governor of Riyadh, Ministers, Senior Royal Court Staff

Minister of Defense Prince Salman visits Land Forces Command and says it is the nucleus of the founding king’s army

Prince Khalid al-Faisal directs for timetable to finalize project to rehabilitate holy capital city

Saudi Arabia elected vice president of UNESCO executive board

Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, received at his office at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region, ministers, senior officials of the Royal Court and Crown Prince Court, and commanders and senior officers of the Royal Guard who came to greet him.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to the Crown Prince, and Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaia'an, Special Secretary to the Crown Prince.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, accompanied by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, paid a visit to the Command of Land Forces in Riyadh.

Upon arrival, Prince Salman was received by Chief of General Staff, General Hussein bin Abdullah Al-Qabil and Commander of Land Forces, Prince Lieutenant General Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Lieutenant General Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz congratulated Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz on the royal trust of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Supreme Commander of All Armed Forces, in their appointments as Defense Minister and Deputy Defense Minister.

The Prince said that Prince Salman has carried the flag to complete the march of late Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz in the development of the Armed Forces, supported by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, stressing that he and his colleagues will work sincerely with all their strength in the service of this dear homeland.

At the end of the visit, Prince Salman wrote in a visitors' register that he is pleased to pay an inspection tour of the Command of Land Forces and also delighted over what he has seen of the development of the land forces in arming and training on the latest methods of combat, adding that the land forces were the nucleus of the army of the late Founder King Abdulaziz, (May Allah bless his soul).

Prince Salman noted that the land forces are the backbone of the Armed Forces and he is proud of them, stressing that he will follow the steps of the late Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz to achieve his aspirations in building advanced and great Armed Forces.

Prince Salman was accompanied by Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and Director General of Defense Minister's Office, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan.

On the other hand, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, issued directives for executives to put a timetable ranging from four to six years to implement the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Project for Makkah Rehabilitation.

Addressing the project's Executive Committee meeting which was held under his chairmanship, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said he gears forward to see Makkah as among the world's best cities, quoting the monarch and his Crown Prince as saying that the Kingdom would spare no effort to rehabilitate Makkah within short time.

He pointed to a plan to construct a chain of express trains linking downtown Makkah with the sacred places on the outskirts of the holy capital.

He added that phase I of the monarch's project will be implemented within the four coming years coinciding with the completion of the Grand Mosque expansion, four ring roads and some Makkah shanty neighborhoods rehabilitation projects.

Earlier, Prince Khalid patronized the opening ceremony of 1st Forum of National Architectural Heritage organized by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in cooperation with Jeddah Governorate, and King Abdulaziz University.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, SCTA President and Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal also inaugurated an exhibition held on the sidelines of the Forum.

In a press statement, Prince Khalid Al Faisal, said Saudi Arabia has been extending keen interest and care for the (preservation of) the Kingdom's architectural heritage.

'We are in a dire need to preserve our heritage, (the National) identity and distinctive personality (and features), especially in our cities. As we live in the holiest place on the earth, our cities should be true and clear pictures of Saudi Arabian Muslim personalities,' he added.

In an address on the occasion, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz asserted that Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, is presently working at its full capacity in cooperation with public and private bodies, institutions, and citizens, especially the owners of heritage sites, to generate a comprehensive transformation of citizens' awareness of the importance of (the national) architectural heritage and to invest into this vital sphere and turn it to become one of the most important components of Saudi history, economy and life.

On his part, the Mayor of Jeddah Dr. Hani Abu Ras expressed the pride of Jeddah city over hosting the Forum for launching a new concept of preserving the national architectural heritage.

In another speech, the President of Jeddah's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saleh Kamel highlighted the interest of the Chamber and the private sector in supporting the projects of the national architectural heritage.

Crown Prince Naif attended a dinner banquet held in his honor by Prince Khalid.

Upon his arrival at the Governor's Palace, the Crown Prince was received by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region; Prince Saad Al-Faisal; Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal; Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal; and Undersecretary of Makkah Region Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudairi. The Crown Prince was accompanied by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, President of the Court of Crown Prince; Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz; and Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaia'an, Private Secretary to the Crown Prince.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

Crown Prince Naif, addressing the reception party, praised Allah Almighty for the success of this year's Hajj season according to all criteria of success and congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and the Saudi people on this success, adding that the Kingdom and its leadership have had the honor that Allah Almighty bestowed upon them in assuming the responsibility and the service of the Two Holy Mosques.

The Crown Prince said that he had the honor to be selected by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Allegiance-Pledge Commission as the Crown Prince in succession of the late Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, noting that the late Prince Sultan had been a model school for him.

Crown Prince Naif stressed that he will follow the approach of the late Prince Sultan.

He indicated that their father - the Late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman had advised them to be righteous and provide whatever they can do for the dear people (of this beloved country). 'The Saudi people are proud of the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who, in turn, is also proud of them.

The Crown Prince said,' We see what is surrounding us in the whole world and we thank Allah Almighty that we live in prosperity, stability and security. As long as Allah is satisfied with us in all matters taught by his Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), we are assured of our well-being as the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah have been our constitution and approach.'

In his speech, Prince Khalid congratulated Crown Prince Naif on his selection by the King and Allegiance-Pledge Commission as the Crown Prince, noting that the Saudi people are confident in the achievement of their aspirations by well-managed administration and the wisdom and of the Crown Prince.

He also lauded the Crown Prince for security and stability in the Kingdom and his adherence to the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said, 'Our Arab region is full of events and accelerating changes and it needs a strong leader such as Crown Prince Naif who is the leader of reform and development, 'adding that the Crown Prince has long experiences, wisdom and statesmanship.

He noted that the Crown Prince is in competition with time to put the Kingdom in its deserved position among the advanced countries.

The speech of Makkah citizens was delivered on their behalf by the President of Islamic Development Bank Group, Dr. Ahmad Mohammed Ali, who congratulated the Crown Prince on the success of this year's Hajj season, which has been the best one among Hajj seasons - thanks to the efforts and directives of the Crown Prince.

They all had dinner with the Crown Prince.

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

On the other hand, the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia was elected Vice-President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the next two years.

The move, the Kingdom's second in a row and fourth in its history, took place during the closing session of the organization’s General Conference held in Paris early this week. Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, Deputy Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led his country's delegation to the UNESCO. Dr. Ziyad Al-Darees will serve as Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the organization.

UNESCO Member Parties welcomed the choice, considering it recognition of the Kingdom's great role and high profile in global theater within the UNESCO in particular.