Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques inaugurates 2nd year of 7th session of Shura Council
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated the second year of the seventh session of the Shura Council at the Council's headquarters in Riyadh today.
Upon arrival at the venue, the King was received by Prince Abdulilah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Special advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, the Speaker of the Shura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, senior officials and the heads of the committees of the Shura Council.
The inauguration ceremony started with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered the following annual royal address:
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
Praise be to Allah and prayer and peace be upon the Prophet,
Brothers and Sisters,
Allah's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.
I am pleased to inaugurate the works of the second year of the seventh session of the Shura Council today, praying to Allah Almighty to make our works sincere and help us for the interests of the homeland and its citizens, appreciating the Council's efforts and works, wishing you all success.
The Kingdom since its foundation by late King Abdulaziz has applied Sharia, adhered to the Islamic religion and justice in all matters, and adopted the principle of Shura (consultation).
We praise Allah for all blessings, and thank Him for honoring us with the service of the Grand Holy Mosque, the Prophet's Holy Mosque, and Allah's guests of pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.
Brothers and Sisters:
As the Kingdom's vision 2030 includes developmental plans and programs aiming at preparing the Kingdom for the promising future and for achieving the vision's objectives, some government agencies have been restructured and a number of decisions have been taken to serve the interests of the society, strengthen the homeland's security, combat corruption, and increase the participation of male and female citizens in the national development.
We appreciate the role of the private sector as an important partner in development, its support for the national economy, expanding in employing the homeland's male and female youths, and localizing the industry and will continue to empower the private sector and stimulate it to achieve further growth and development.
I have directed ministers and officials to facilitate procedures, provide further services of high quality for male and female citizens, expand in a number of programs affecting main needs of citizens, notably the most important one is the housing program.
Brothers and sisters:
Corruption, in all its kinds and forms, is a severe lesion that undermines societies and prevents their development and growth, and we are determined to confront it in a fair and firm way so that our country enjoys the renaissance and development hoped for by every citizen. In this context we ordered to form a supreme committee for public corruption issues under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Crown Prince, and we praise Allah that those corrupted are few.
And what they have made does not prejudice the integrity of honorable citizens of this country of princes, ministers, businessmen, employees, and workers at all levels, and in their various positions of responsibility in public and private sectors, as well as residents of workers and investors, whom we are proud and wish them all success.
Brothers and sisters:
Your country seeks to develop its present, build its future and move forward on the track of growth, modernization, and continuous development, in a way that does not contradict our principles, adhering to moderation as a way and approach just as Allah commanded us to do so, we are proud of our values and constant fundamentals.
Our message to all is that there is no place between us for an extremist who sees moderation as degeneration and exploits our tolerant religion to achieve his goals, and there is no place between us for a degenerated one who sees our war on extremism as a means of disseminating decadence and exploits the facilitations of the religion to achieve his goals. We will hold accountable anyone who exceeds that. We are the protectors of the religion and honored by Allah Almighty with the service Islam and Muslims, praying to Allah Almighty to crown us with all success.
Brothers and Sisters:
The Kingdom plays an effective role at regional and international organizations and enjoys a global and regional respect that enabled the timely convening of historical summits in which many leaders of the brotherly and friendly countries participated and established a joint action aimed at achieving security and stability in the region and the world.
The Kingdom has continued its pioneering and effective role in combating phenomenon of terrorism and drying up its sources.
The Kingdom called for a political solution for the crises in the region and resolve its issues, topped by the Palestinian Cause and restoration of the Palestinian people's legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state which East Jerusalem as its capital.
On this occasion, I would like to reiterate the condemnation of the Kingdom and its deep regret of the US decision on Jerusalem which represents a blatant bias against the historic rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been guaranteed by the relevant international resolutions and have been recognized and supported by the international community.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom is working with its allies to confront the tendency of interference in the countries’ internal affairs to fuel sectarian strife and undermine regional security and stability.
The Kingdom seeks to consolidate the values of tolerance and coexistence along with its effort for lifting the suffering of peoples.
My distributed speech included a comprehensive review of your government's internal and external policy and achievements over the past year.
I ask Allah Almighty to help us all to serve our dear Homeland .
Allah's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.
Addressing the audience in the opening of a new year of the 7th session of Shura Council, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Speaker of the Shura Council, welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, princes, Ulema, and ministers.
Al Al-Sheikh said that the Shura Council has begun a blessed march more than nine decades ago by the founder late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, who made it one of the pillars of governance for the country. Since, the experiment has been developed according to the aspirations of the consecutive prudent leadership of the country aiming to achieve progress for citizens and their country.
Al Al-Sheikh said that the world around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is following the successive achievements with all due respect, as its people are proud over the development process that is progressing day by day, thanks to Allah Almighty and the wise plans drawn by your instructions and decisions, led by the selection of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz as Crown Prince, who is the initiator of bright visions and ideas, including the Kingdom's vision 2030 which forecasts a more brighter future for the country under your prudent leadership and wise instructions.
Al-Sheikh hailed the pioneering development projects which including Al-Faisaliah project, that has many services of interest to citizens from government facilities; the Red Sea project, a new tourist destination; Al-Qadayah area in southwest of the capital city of Riyadh, that includes many tourist attractions and enhancing employment opportunities for Saudi youths.
He cited "Neom" project as among the most prominent of the Kingdom vision 2030 which will take the Kingdom to the forefront in this field.
He cast light on the King's initiative to establish a complex for serving the prophet's Hadeeth (sayings) with headquarters in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah.
Continuing to highlight the most important decisions issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Al Al-Sheikh mentioned the establishment of a supreme committee, under the chairmanship of the Crown Prince to verify whether there is corruption among government organizations. He also cited the King's Asian tour which took him to China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, in addition to attending the Arab summit hosted by Jordan and the historic visit to Russia.
Al Al-Sheikh then gave a statistical account on the achievements of the Shura Council, including the number of sessions held, decisions made, agreements, pacts and MOUs signed, and visits exchanged.
Finally, he thanked the monarch and the Crown Prince for their support for the Shura Council, appealing to Allah Almighty to bless the country and its people under the prudent leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.