Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz today patronized the opening ceremony of the symposium on "The Technology and Applications of Satellites" organized by the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh in collaboration with the French Space Agency. In a speech on the occasion, Prince Sultan declared that Saudi Arabia looked forward to benefiting from the discussions on these applications, and wished the symposium every success.
The symposium, which continues up to May 2, 2000, aims at projecting research and scientific activities in various spheres pertaining to the technology of satellites and various applications in the fields of remote sensing and systems of geographical data. It will also focus on a number of major domains including small satellites and methods of launching them, aerial photography, and the use of lasers. It will review a number of issues like the search for natural resources, monitoring of the environment, urban planning, agriculture, radar and ground studies and telecommunications as well as space investment and the systems of geographical data.
At a press conference following the ceremony, Prince Sultan made reference to the incident in Najran, saying that it was an anomaly that did not reflect the people of the area, and explaining that the presence of the Saudi Armed Forces was coincidental in that they were not deployed, but were in transit and happened to be there. He gave assurances that security prevailed.