Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives King of Sweden, decorated with Bronze Wolf Medal

King Abdullah donates $10 million for Messengers of International Peace project

King receives U.S. President’s National Security Advisor

Crown Prince Sultan thanks health minister for lower rates of diseases

Prince Naif Chair for Pilgrims Housing Study established

Prince Salman Administrative Development Award launched

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held at his ranch a luncheon in honor of King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf, the Honorary President of the World Scout Fund, and the accompanying delegation.

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

King Abdullah held a meeting with the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf, the Honorary President of the World Scout Fund.

At the outset of the meeting, the King of Sweden decorated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with Bronze Wolf Medal which is the highest medal in the Scout.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received a drawing bearing the logo of the project 'Messengers of Peace' which is a message of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the scouts handed over by Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed on behalf Saudi Arabian Scouts and the participants in the 2nd world peace camp recently concluded at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST).

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also received the Bronze Wolf certificate signed by the President of World Scouting and Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) handed over by the Secretary General of Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association (SABSA) Dr. Abdullah Al-Fuhaid.

The King expressed his thanks and appreciation of the King of the Kingdom of Sweden and for all.

During the meeting, they discussed prospects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing them in all areas in addition to a number of issues.

The meeting was attended by Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Acting Governor of Riyadh; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education and President of Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association (SABSA); Prince Meteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard; Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jobair; and Saudi Ambassador to Sweden Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Jediee.

On Swedish side, the meeting was attended by Queen Silvia of Sweden, members of the accompanying delegation of the Swedish King and the Swedish Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General has extended thanks to Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohamed, Minister of Education and President of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association (SABSA) for his efforts and the employees of SABSA.

This came after the Crown Prince was briefed on a report on the SABSA participation in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree which was held recently in the Swedish city of Kristianstad during which it achieved great accomplishments, and won the Medal of the Jamboree for its effective participation.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah has donated $10 million to the International Messengers of Peace Project.

This was announced by Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad, Minister of Education and President of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, at the Second Messengers of Peace Camp at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The Messengers of Peace program is an initiative by 161 member countries of the World Scout Bureau to involve individual scouts and scout organizations in peace activities.

It is funded by an initial generous grant from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It will give training in activities such as conflict solving and supporting young people in conflict zones by encouraging scouts to undertake projects involving their schools, religious organizations, social organizations or scout units.

In his address Prince Faisal summed up the camp’s mission statement: “Peace is the end and dialogue is the means.”

“The Messengers of Peace are the advocates of this noble message. In this troubled world, we need more than at any time to adopt such Islamic values to achieve world prosperity and peace,” he said.

“In this blessed country, the cradle of Islam, we believe in the Divine Revelations which unify and do not divide, build and do not destroy, so we adopted this concept of national dialogue introduced by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in 2003. This dialogue which addresses the minds before hearts paves the way for us to discuss frankly and transparently all the elements of our unity.”

King Carl Gustav of Sweden, the Honorary President of the World Scout Finance Fund, lauded the recent efforts of the scout movement in Saudi Arabia and the 22nd World Jamboree Scout Camp held in Sweden.

The launch ceremony was also attended by Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information, and several dignitaries from outside and inside the Kingdom.

The project will run for 10 years with 31,000 boy scouts all over the world becoming messengers of peace.

In Riyadh, King Abdullah received U.S. President's Advisor for National Security Thomas Donilon.

During the audience, the U.S. official conveyed the greetings of the President Barack Obama of the United States to the King who in turn extended greetings to the U.S. President. The two sides reviewed a number of issues of mutual interest to the two countries.

The audience was attended by Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Meteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jobair; and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia James Smith.

On the other hand, Crown Prince Sultan has expressed his thanks to the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, and the Ministry's employees, on the occasion of the issuance of the annual report of the Ministry of Health on parasitic and infectious diseases for the year 2010.

In a reply cable, the Crown Prince said,' We are pleased over a significant decrease in most of the diseases this year compared to the last year. We thank you and all the Ministry's employees for your efforts in controlling these diseases, emphasizing the importance of exerting more efforts to get rid of these diseases as far as possible''.

On his part, Dr. Al-Rabiah has expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Saudi leadership for the generous support provided to the health sector.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, has approved the establishment of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Chair for the Study of Pilgrims Housing in Makkah, Madinah and the Holy Sites.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Minister of Hajj, Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi, has pointed out that the scientific research Chair will be funded by Hajj-Related Services Establishments and scientifically supervised by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj Research of Umm Al-Qura University.

Rector of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) Dr. Bakri Assass has extended appreciation to Prince Naif for approving to establish an academic research Chair named after him to study means of housing pilgrims in Makkah, Al-Madinah and the holy sites, under the supervision of the Institute of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Hajj Research at UQU.

Also in Riyadh, the Arab Organization for Administrative Development of the Arab League has decided to launch the first award for excellence in local administration in the name of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Award for Arab Local Administration.

Prince Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf Al Muqrin, Mayor of Riyadh and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prince Sultan University, has explained that the Director General of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development Dr. Rifaat Abdul Halim Al-Faouri has proposed to Prince Sultan University to launch the Award in the name of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region, in his capacity as one of the most important administrative leaders in local government and one of the most prominent pioneers of local administration in the Arab region, in recognition of his efforts and long experiences in local administration in addition to his achievements at local and international arenas for a service of more than five decades in governmental works.