1999 News Story

Saudi delegation at DC conference on corruption

A Saudi delegation headed by Minister of State and cabinet member Dr. Mutlib Bin Abdullah Al-Nafisa attended a two-day international conference in Washington DC on combating corruption.  At its conclusion yesterday, Dr. Al-Nafisa said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, had passed a number of bylaws to combat corruption and bribery, and these are followed up by the concerned government bodies.  He went on to praise the special attention paid by the conference to the importance of religious values in checking corruption, reporting that one session was devoted to examining this, calling for righteousness and urging people to refrain from bad practices.

In his address to the conference yesterday, U.S. Vice-President Al Gore drew attention to the words of the Holy Qur'an prescribing virtue and righteousness. In its final statement, the conference called for the adoption of principles and procedures for preventing corruption, and for international cooperation to combat crimes of bribery and financial corruption, and  to implement laws that would eliminate this phenomenon.