RIYADH — King Abdullah’s speech to the Shoura Council Sunday reflects the personal and unlimited care he gives to the country and people’s affairs, says Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.
“The historic announcement made by King Abdullah for the participation of Saudi women in the Shoura Council and the elections of the municipal councils reflects his strong belief in the significant role being played by Saudi women in the country’s development process,” Prince Naif was quoted by Arabic newspapers as saying.
The Kingdom, he said, has a cadre of efficient and competent women that can contribute to the country’s cultural and socioeconomic activities in a way that serves the country and its faith.
Commenting on the rumors that some Saudi students in the US were being Christianized, he said he had not heard of any such news or development urging those who have proof to present it. “If we get any evidence, we will certainly have a stand in this matter.”
In reply to a question about the political upheavals taking place in some Arab countries, he said, “The Kingdom regrets the incidents taking place in some Arab countries pointing out that this is happening at a time when the Kingdom’s people are celebrating the Kingdom’s 81st National Day. “Being Arabs, the killings and chaos taking place in these countries really hurt us. We thank Almighty Allah we are not experiencing such painful incidents in our country.”
About the possibility of electing Shoura members, Prince Naif said the current system meets our requirements pointing out that everything is possible in the future as long as it does not contravene Islamic teachings. — SG