Crown Prince Naif extends thanks to assistant interior minister over procedures of civil registry

Defense Minister Prince Salman voices Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ keenness on developing Makkah and Madinah

Saudi interior ministry announced it arrested nine persons involved in recent acts of riot in Qatif

Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior has expressed his thanks to Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, and the employees of Civil Affairs after reviewing the annual report for the year 1432AH on the activities of Civil Affairs in accomplishing citizens' procedures at Central Civil Registry.

The report has pointed out that more than 6.6 million procedures were undertaken last year at the Central Civil Registry including the issuance of 1,419,190 national identity cards.

Prince Naif also expressed his thanks to the Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf and employees of Agricultural Development Fund for the Fund's achievements in the areas of agricultural loans and projects.

In a reply cable after reviewing the Fund's annual report for the fiscal year 1431/1432AH, the Crown Prince said, 'We thank you and employees of the Fund, wishing you all success.'

The report showed that the Fund provided loans amounting to SR 753 million for the fiscal year 1431/1432AH and SR 42,380 million since its inception in 1384AH.

On the other hand, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense received in Jeddah Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region and a number of citizens from the region, who came to greet and congratulate him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Defense.

Prince Salman expressed his thanks to and appreciation of all for their noble feelings, stressing the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince on the further development of the cities of Makkah and Madinah which have been frequented by pilgrims and Umrah performers from all over the world.

The meeting was attended by Director General of the Office of Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan.

Prince Salman also received a delegation of International Union of Muslim Scouts headed by Dr. Abdullah bin Omar Nassif, the Union's President and members of its advisory body, who came to greet and congratulate him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Defense.

The Prince expressed his thanks to them for their noble feelings.

Prince Salman was briefed by Dr. Nassif on Union's activities, programs, and services to Muslim Scouts.

The meeting was attended by Lieutenant General Bunyan.

Prince Salman also received a number of citizens from Tabuk region, who came to greet and congratulate him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Defense.

The Prince expressed his thanks to them for their noble feelings, stressing the attention and care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince for all regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their keenness on their development, progress and prosperity.

The meeting was attended by Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Meanwhile, Saudi security forces have detained nine people accused of instigating riots in the eastern region of Qatif. An interior ministry spokesman said they were Saudi nationals and had been arrested at a house used as one of their hideouts.

Earlier this month, a Shiite protester was shot dead in clashes with security forces in the Qatif town of al-Awamiya.

An interior ministry statement carried by state media said the nine people arrested on Monday evening had been involved in two attacks on 14 and 18 January, in which "three members of the security forces were wounded".

Qatif, in the oil-rich Eastern Province, is home to a Shiite majority.