Second Deputy Premier presides over Madinah Council meeting

Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz: We’re capable of achieving much for the good of the citizens, our nation is not miser to its people

Saudi Arabia to donate $200 million to Palestinian National Authority

In implementation of the directives by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Saudi National Campaign for the Relief of the Somali people started receiving a shipment of Saudi dates in preparation for delivering it to the victims of famine in Somalia.

The campaign has initiated coordination for receipt of the 500 tons of dates of a total of 2000 tons to be delivered by sea to Somalia.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior who is also the General Supervisor of the Saudi National Campaign for Relief of the Somali People has directed to operate 'Bnadir' hospital in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and equip it with necessary equipment in addition to emergency medical supplies.

The Second Deputy Premier expressed thanks to and appreciation of those who have contributed to the campaign, pointing out that by their response to the call to contribute, they embodied the unity of ranks of the Saudi leadership and the people in supporting humanitarian causes, at both official and public levels.

'The humanitarian role shouldered by the Kingdom to mitigate sufferings of the needy all over the world incarnated its role in serving Islam and Muslims, in accordance to the tradition initiated by the Founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman', he added.

The Second Deputy Premier concluded by appealing to God Al-Mighty to best reward the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his generous humanitarian initiatives to assist and help the Somali people.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, opened in Madinah this week the events of 'International Conference On Takfeer Phenomenon, Reasons , Effects, and Treatment' , organized by the Secretariat of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Award for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies with the participation of Al-Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Upon arrival at the venue, Prince Naif, accompanied by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for General Affairs, was received by Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Madinah region, and a number of princes and officials.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

The King's speech was delivered by Prince Naif.

The King said, 'Your meeting on the themes of this International Conference on the Phenomenon of Takfeer is considered at the forefront of demanding works. The dialogue is based on the Holy Quran and Prophetic Sunnah, which warn against slipping in Takfeer matters without knowledge or guidance'.

He pointed out that the Islamic religion forbids extremism and telling lies about Sharia, adding that this spread of Islam in the world with its noble objectives has not been achieved and will not be achieved by the concepts of extremism, fanaticism and tools of sabotage, destruction and killing innocent people.

The King affirmed that extremism has neither a country nor a religion, noting that the divine religion stresses moderation.

He said, ' Islam warns against accusing others as infidels. We have suffered as others from the dangers of extremism and deviation thought which have developed into sabotage actions. We should continue to confront this deviation strongly and firmly; and we will be happy if a deviator comes back to the right path and this has been our approach with any detainee in these cases. Some of our sons have been deviated by groups having bad-will against this country, in addition to another group receiving their thoughts from the theories of extremism. But our Muslim society rejects deviant thoughts and extremist methods. We will not accept any thought that affect our fundamentals. We will continue to track down the deviating groups.'

Addressing the Conference, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for General Affairs expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the King and the Crown Prince for their support for all efforts in the service of Islam and Muslims and for the King's approval of holding this Conference under his patronage.

He said, 'Believing into the dangers of Takfeer phenomenon and for achieving the Award's objectives, the Secretariat of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Award for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies adopted the convention of this Conference and the King has approved the holding of this international scientific Conference in cooperation with Al-Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University to discuss Takfeer phenomenon from all aspects to find practical solutions to contain and eliminate it.'

In another speech, Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harithi, Advisor to Second Deputy Premier, Award's Secretary General, Chairman of the Conference's High Supervisory Commission said that scholars and researchers will discuss more than 100 researches and studies in 15 sessions during three days to come out with recommendations that contribute to the elimination of Takfeer phenomenon and the enlightenment of Muslims on its dangers.

Prince Naif, then, attended a dinner party held in his honor by the Award's General Secretariat.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia will donate $200 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA), Palestinian news agency Maan reported on Tuesday.

"The Saudi king, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issued orders to the finance minister to transfer $200 million to the PA," Maan quoted Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as saying after a meeting of PA donors in New York.

The Saudi move comes at a crucial moment as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to address the UN General Assembly on Friday with a formal call for Palestinian statehood.

While most UN members support the bid, approval by the General Assembly would only give the Palestinians non-member state status. For full recognition, the bid would have to be approved by the UN Security Council - and the United States has said it will use its veto to block it.

Washington, which insists on the resolution of the Middle East crisis through direct talks between Israel and Palestinians, could also cut its $500 million annual contribution to the Palestinian cause.

The PA heavily relies on foreign aid, which accounts for about half of its $3.7-billion annual budget. Main PA donors include the European Union, the United States, Japan and Arab countries.