1998 News Story

Saudi leadership quoted in British magazine
The United Kingdom magazine 'First' has published in its current issue a report on the occasion of the Saudi National Day that includes statements from the Kingdom's leadership.

King Fahd expressed the hope that peace, understanding and coexistence would prevail in the entire world, saying: "Since our religion of Islam advocates peace, it is our responsibility to exert the utmost efforts for enhancing the pillars of peace and prosperity in the world. Our message to the world is based on the teachings of Islam, which reiterate the importance of cooperation, justice and equality in a manner that serves the interests of mankind; this responsibility should be shared by all so as to preserve the safety of this world we live in, and enable future generations to live in a world filled with prosperity and happiness."

Crown Prince Abdullah's message in the magazine highlighted the pioneering role played by King Abdul Aziz in the unification of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and stated: "The national interests of Saudi Arabia are in harmony with those of the Arab and Muslim worlds and with those of other friends worldwide." He went on to call on all friendly people in the world "to contribute effectively to the solution of the problems escalated by misunderstanding or distortion of facts". He said: "From the Kingdom of Abdul Aziz, the land of the Two Holy Mosques and the cradle of Islam, I would like to say that we are aware of our historical responsibility and do believe that we are holders of a humanitarian message that tolerates dialogue, and we never hesitate to tell the truth." He added: "Dialogue constitutes the reasonable way to realize stability and security for all."
Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, remarked in the same article that National Day provides a good opportunity to evaluate the social status and the development process in the country, saying: "Through evaluation we will be able to get rid of all harmful matters and preserve things that are useful." He went to affirm: "Our country has been following the path of true Islam in line with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the sunnah (the Prophet's teachings) and so the way in which we have been implementing Islam comes within the framework of moderation, free from all kinds of fanaticism and deviation."