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Prince Sultan comments on environment day

Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, on the occasion today of Arab Environment Day, stated that the technological development that accompanied the Kingdom's achievements under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, had made it inevitable to make arrangements for preservation of the environment. Remarking that it is now essential to manage the available natural resources in a scientific manner, he went on to point out that Saudi Arabia has made great strides in environmental work through the Ministerial Committee on the Environment and other concerned government bodies. He then praised the efforts being exerted by the Ministries of Agriculture and Water, Interior, and Municipal and Rural Affairs, as well as the Department of Meteorology and Environmental Protection. He also praised the establishment of a training center for preserving natural resources, saying this constitutes the best contribution that the Kingdom could make on the occasion of Arab Environment Day. Prince Sultan expressed his pleasure that key posts in regional and international organizations concerned with environmental preservation are filled by a number of Arabs, including Saudis. He underscored the importance of Arab and international cooperation, saying it is high time for Arab citizens to shoulder their responsibility towards preservation of the environment, and for the private sector to cooperate with government bodies in this respect.