Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Inaugurates Works of 1st Year of 8th Session of Shura Council
26ربيع الأول 1442هـ الموافق 12 نوفمبر 2020م
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated virtually today the works of the 1st year of the 8th session of the Shura Council, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
At the outset of the Council’s meeting, verses from the Holy Qur’an were read.
Then, the Speaker of the Shura Council, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, and the members of the Council took the oath, following the issuance of the royal order appointing them to the Council in its eighth session.
After that, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered the annual royal speech as follows:
In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
Praise be to Allah and peace be upon His Prophet
Brothers and sisters, members of the Shura Council
Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you
We are pleased to inaugurate the works of the first year of the eighth session of the Shura Council, praying to Allah Almighty to make our works always sincere to Him and guide us in the service of our nation and people. I appreciate the council for all the work and efforts being made.
Dear brothers and sisters
Since late King Abdulaziz unified the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it has adopted the principle of consultation (Shura), which has contributed to strengthening its comprehensive development path to achieve the security and prosperity it aspires to.
We are proud that Allah has honored us with serving the Two Holy Mosques, and providing all means of comfort for pilgrims and Umrah performers.
We were keen to establish Hajj in light of this exceptional circumstance due to Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as it pushed us to take more preventive and precautionary measures, and Hajj was limited to a number of citizens and expatriates to ensure the safety of pilgrims.
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Your country's efforts in early response to reduce the effects of the pandemic have paid off, contributing to the low spread of infection and the decrease in the number of critical cases.
I reiterate my thanks to my brothers and sons, citizens and expatriates of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for their understanding and cooperation in following the instructions and implementing procedures. I also thank all government agencies, the committees formed for their efforts to combat this pandemic.
I thank my sons, the brave soldiers in the southern border, I pray for them to remain steadfast, and I supplicate to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy on the souls of our martyrs.
In order to mitigate the economic effects of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, your country has rushed to present government initiatives to the private sector, especially small and medium enterprises, that included more than 218 billion riyals, in addition to supporting the health sector with 47 billion riyals.
Through managing the pandemic, we have sought to continue business and balance the economic, health and social impact, and we will continue constant evaluation until the end of the pandemic.
brothers and sisters, In affirmation of your country's leadership, and in the context of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, and with a view to a global confrontation that mitigates the effects of the pandemic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which presides over the current session of the G20, called for a virtual extraordinary summit, which took place in March. We look forward to the G20 Summit that will be held this month to promote development and stimulate cooperation globally, to create a prosperous future for people.In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been keen, since the establishment of OPEC, to stabilize global oil markets. The clearest example of this is the pivotal role it played in establishing and maintaining the OPEC Plus agreement, as a result of the Kingdom's initiatives aimed at accelerating market stability and the sustainability of its supplies. The Kingdom has also worked, and is still working, to ensure the stability of oil supplies to the world in a way that serves producers and consumers alike, despite the economic conditions that the world is facing today due to the pandemic and its repercussions on global oil markets.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is a roadmap for a better future for everyone who lives in this ambitious country. During the establishment phase, the vision contributed to achieving a set of accomplishments on several levels, most notably improving government services, raising the percentage of ownership in the housing sector, and developing the entertainment, sports and tourism sectors. Moreover, attracting many foreign investments, in addition to empowering women and activating their role in society and the labor market. We are currently preparing for a phase of advancement that is characterized by empowering the citizen, involving the private sector more and increasing the effectiveness of implementation.
We are pleased that the Kingdom today has become the most advanced and reforming country out of 190 countries, according to the World Bank. The Kingdom has ranked first in the Gulf and second in the Arab world, in the World Bank's report “Women, Business and the Law 2020” .
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Kingdom affirms the seriousness of the Iranian regime’s regional project, and rejects its interventions in internal affairs of other countries and its sponsorship of terrorism. The Kingdom calls the international community to take a firm stance towards the Iranian regime, as this firm stance must guarantee that Iranian regime is prevented from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, the development of its ballistic missile program and threatening peace and security.
We condemn the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia for violating international laws and customary rules by launching bomb-laden UAVs and ballistic missiles towards civilians in the Kingdom. We stress supporting the Yemeni people so that Yemen can regain its full sovereignty and independence.
The Kingdom affirms its continued support for the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative. We also support efforts aimed at establishing peace in the Middle East by negotiation between the Palestinian and Israeli parties to reach a just and lasting agreement.
We stand with Iraq and its people, and support the efforts of its government for stability, growth and preservation of its position in its Arab environment, and strengthening of relations between the two brotherly countries and cooperation in various fields through the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
We support a peaceful solution in Syria in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva 1 process, stressing that militias and mercenaries must leave Syria, and preserve the unity of the Syrian soil.
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We follow with interest the developments of the situation in Libya, reiterating the Kingdom's welcome to the signing of the permanent agreement on a ceasefire by joint Libyan military committees under the auspices of the United Nations. We are looking forward to the agreement to pave the way for the success of the understandings on the political and economic tracks, in a way that contributes to inaugurating a new era that achieves security, peace, sovereignty and stability for Libya and its brotherly people. We call for an end to external interference in Libyan affairs.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as president of the Friends of Sudan Group, stresses the importance of supporting Sudan at the meantime, and affirms full political support for the Juba peace talks.
May Allah Almighty perpetuate His grace upon us, preserve our country from any harm, grant us success to continue serving our people, and to enhance the pioneering roles of our country and its contributions to achieving security, peace and development regionally and internationally.
Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.