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Prince Abdulrahman interviewed in U.K.

Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation and Deputy Inspector-General Prince Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Aziz in an interview in London with the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) attributed the comprehensive progress of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the wisdom of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz who, during the time of King Khalid, proposed the establishment of three credit banks for the purpose of boosting the development of Saudi industry, real estate and agriculture.   Moreover, he said, he could never give enough credit to the late King Abdul Aziz, stressing that the history of the founder of Saudi Arabia is written “with golden ink”. 

Prince Abdul Rahman, affirming that Saudi Arabia is proud to be one of the safest countries in the world, stated that the two recent explosions in Riyadh and in Al-Khobar had been perpetrated by malicious parties.  The Kingdom, he said, is based on the principles of the glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah, and “is in no way vulnerable, since it is not a country of instability, nor can its foundation be shaken, nor would it be involved in unsavory behavior.  It is a country of stability and principles.”

Pointing out that terrorism is an international phenomenon, Prince Abdul Rahman stressed that these two criminal explosions have not undermined the security of the Kingdom, adding in this connection that security authorities, having managed to apprehend the perpetrators of the Riyadh bombing and carry out on them Shariah law, will manage to apprehend the perpetrators of the Al-Khobar incident as well.

Asked about measures to be taken by the Kingdom to prevent similar incidents in future, he stressed that the Saudi security apparatus is steadily advancing, not just because of the explosion, but in a natural and continuous way.  He added that a recent conference held in Cairo had the aim of coordinating anti-terrorism efforts and exchanging information about terrorism.

Prince Abdul Rahman further described the Kingdom’s relations with neighboring states as good and expressed pleasure at the Saudi mediation efforts to end the dispute between Qatar and Bahrain.

Asked about Saudi Arabia’s efforts to boost its military capabilities, he said those who do not know the Kingdom make up percentages about its arms purchases, but they ignore the fact that the core of the armed forces has only recently been established.  Prince Abdul Rahman said:  “We have to build up first the essential bases, then the individuals of the army, then the weapons.  All three together can cost a great deal.   Other armies, in contrast, had the essential bases of their armed forces set up many years ago”.  The Kingdom, he said, diversifies its arms purchases, which means it buys weapons from several countries, “but diversification is not enough.  What is enough is to guarantee continuation of the desired performance of these weapons”. 

He said that Arabian Gulf states guarantee the security of the Gulf by depending on God, themselves, and the cooperation of their friends, adding:  “This does not mean depending on armies consisting of hundreds of thousands;  quality is the most important thing”.

Asked about the role of the Jazirah Shield Forces, Prince Abdul Rahman said they represent a means of alliance among Arab Gulf states and actual cooperation in the military field.  Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, they are currently expanding, in accordance with the directives of the GCC supreme council.  

Describing the Saudi role in the liberation of Kuwait as crucial, Prince Abdul Rahman stressed the strangeness of Iraq’s aggression against a fellow Arab state, and its end result lost confidence among many countries in the region.

Referring to airports in Saudi Arabia, he said there are now 23, with a 24th soon to be completed.  In addition, the Kingdom has three international airports, at Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, and these are considered to be among the most advanced in the world.