King of Jordan, Emir of Kuwait, officials congratulate Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques over his successful surgery

Crown Prince Sultan directs to host winners of his Quran Memorization Award for Military to perform hajj

Second Deputy Premier honors retired persons, affirms Saudi Arabia is a free country that owes credit to no one but Allah

Urgent potable water project in Somalia approved

King Abdullah approves formation of higher committee to preserve antiquities and heritage

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia received a cable from King Abdullah II of Jordan congratulating him on the successful surgery he underwent recently.

The Jordanian monarch also sent a letter to the Saudi king voicing appreciation for his directives to resolve the problem facing Jordanian pilgrims and provide them with all the needed facilities.

Also on Tuesday, King Abdullah II stressed his commitment to fostering Jordanian-Saudi ties. During a meeting with Prince Turki Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, which was attended by Royal Court Chief Khaled Karaki, the king expressed his pride in Jordan’s strong relations with the Saudi kingdom, pledging support to develop them.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, received a telephone call from Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait.

During the telephone conversation, Sheikh Sabah was reassured about the health of King Abdullah following the successful surgery the King underwent this week.

Prince Naif thanked Sheikh Sabah for his noble feelings.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, issued instructions that the winners of Prince Sultan International Award for Memorizing the Holy Quran for the Military, in its 6th round, be hosted to perform this year's Hajj.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the directive was announced by the Director General of the Armed Forces' Religious Affairs Maj. Gen. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Saadan.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also the Honorary President of the National Association of Retired Persons, patronized this week a ceremony honoring the retired employees of the Ministry of Interior.

In an address at the ceremony, Prince Naif expressed happiness for the successful surgery of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and said that the King now enjoys good health after the complete success of this surgery.

Prince Naif praised efforts exerted by the retirees and urged them to continue serving the homeland.

He affirmed that the country is united and its constitution is the Book of Allah (the Holy Quran) and the Sunnah of His Prophet. 'It is a free country that has never been subjugated by any power in the world; and no one other than Allah Almighty has a favor over this nation and this state.'

Prince Naif hailed martyrs - security men of the Ministry of Interior and highlighted efforts exerted by the security men who works and faces all dangers.

He underlined the security, safety, stability and progress enjoyed by the country which is surrounded from all sides by instability and numerous problems.

He underscored the country's success in all areas of life saying, 'Our economy is strong and active and the country is full of confidence.'

The Second Deputy Premier pointed out that the law of God prevails in the country and that there is no penalty or punishment except as determined by this law.

He hoped that the Saudi official and private media will be up to the task of enlightening this nation with all the events of the world honestly and conscientiously, and providing all that benefits and comforts people without exaggeration or dishonesty.

Prince Naif, who is also the Supervisor of Saudi-sponsored National Campaign for the Relief of Somali People, issued a directive, approving an emergency project to provide potable water for Somalia, by digging 150 wells with its full accessories throughout eleven regions.

The project is intended to provide potable water for more than 3.6 million Somalis affected by famine and drought.

In a statement to SPA, the Executive Director of the National Campaign Mubarak bin Saeid Al-Bakr said this project comes as an extension of Saudi humanitarian endeavor to stand by the Somali people, in the context of a working plan in coordination with various humanitarian agencies, to secure provision of aides to Somali people, in order to mitigate their sufferings through meeting their basic needs.

Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, announced that King Abdullah has approved that an integrated higher committee to oversee the heritage and antiquities be formed within the strategy of heritage conservation and protection.

Prince Sultan bin Salman announced also, that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has issued a directive that an exclusive exhibition on restored heritage be held as part of the annual National Festival for Culture and Heritage in Janadriyah on the outskirts of the city of Riyadh.