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Prince Nayef's press conference covers wide range of issues

Following the inauguration of the Fourth Career and Graduation Day at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh today, Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also Chairman of the Manpower Council, held a press conference.

Referring to the false allegations currently being circulated against Islamic Shariah [law], notably by Amnesty International, he stated that it is the duty of Islamic organizations to refute these in an objective manner based on disclosure of the facts. Concerning the Najran incident, he said investigations require more time.
On the proposed amendments to the GCC security agreement, he explained that this agreement covers not only security, but also social and economic affairs, including the fight against crime and drugs, and the preservation of property and investments. At the moment, he said, the only area of dispute pertains to Article (22) on the extradition of citizens.
On the Saudi-Qatari border problem, Prince Nayef reported that the issue is technically settled and there remains only the signing of the agreement. He added that Saudi Arabia is desirous of settling all border problems with its neighbors, pointing out that those with Iraq were resolved in a very short period of time. The only pending border problem, he said, is with Yemen, and arrangements are underway for its settlement.
Asked about the Al-Khobar explosion, Prince Nayef said Saudi Arabia's concern is for gathering all the facts, adding that such problems take time because they concern so many parties. He went on to refer to the Arab Anti-Terrorism Agreement, which has been signed by interior and justice ministers from 44 Arab states.