2000 News Story

Crown Prince Abdullah named Personality of the Year

The weekly magazine Al-Majellah, published in London, has named Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz as Arab personality of the year 2000. The magazine declared Crown Prince Abdullah to be a man of rich personal and political experience who has earned great respect due to his farsightedness and the crucial role he has been playing. Saudi Arabia, it said, is a pioneering country as regards policies at the level of the Arab World, adding that the recent Arab Summit in Cairo had adopted his proposal for the establishment of funds, one for preservation of the Arab and Islamic identity of Al-Quds [Jerusalem], and another, in support of the Palestinian struggle, for care of the families of the martyrs and victims of Israeli aggression.

The magazine highlighted the great attention being given by Crown Prince Abdullah to relations with Arab countries and his personal sympathy with the hopes and pains of the Arabs, citing his spontaneous description at the recent Arab Summit of his feelings towards the vicious manner in which the child Mohammed Al-Durrah was killed by Israeli soldiers.