Members of the new cabinet took the oath of office before the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Saturday. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by HRH Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, and by HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General.
The six new members of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shoura) also took the oath of office and this ceremony was also attended by HRH Crown Prince Abdullah and HRH Prince Sultan, in addition to Sheikh Muhammad Bin Jubair, Chairman of the Consultative Council, and senior officials of the Royal Court.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud thanked the outgoing ministers and expressed confidence that members of the newly-appointed Cabinet and new members of the Consultative Council will perform their duties to the best of their ability and with sincerity and dedication. Pointing out that Saudi Arabia draws its laws from the Holy Qur'an and the teachings of the Prophet, he said: "Many of you know well what this country was like thirty or forty years ago.... but it has always been committed to the Qur'an and the Sunnah, the firm base which makes us ever proud." King Fahd stated that he was honored to be the first Saudi Minister of Education, and stressed that he is aware of the many aspects of the educational process and the efforts exerted by education officials, saying: "The standard of education at that time was poor, not only for lack of financial resources, but also for lack of qualified human resources".
Continuing his address, King Fahd pointed out the wise policy of establishing various Saudi funds for the purpose of extending interest-free loans to citizens to help them start new ventures in the fields of industry, agriculture and real estate.
Referring to foreign policy, King Fahd said: "We desire to be friendly with everyone, ... friendly to the United States, to European countries, and naturally to the Islamic Nation." The Kingdom, he said, has distinguished relations with certain European nations and with the United States, and described Saudi foreign policies as "wise". He said: "We do not want to be inimical to anyone, but we will not allow anybody to infringe upon the rights of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". The King also made reference to the assistance extended by the Kingdom to Arab and Islamic countries and even to non-Muslim states.