Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz in Jeddah today swore in the members of the recently reconstituted Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) for the Council's third term, including Chairman Shaikh Muhammad Ibrahim bin Jubair, Deputy Chairman Bakri bin Salih Shatta, and Secretary-General Dr. Humoud bin Abdulaziz Al-Badr. Present at the ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. King Fahd then gave a speech outlining the Kingdom's internal and external policies.[full text of King Fahd's speech]
Announcing the event on Saturday, Shura Council Chairman Shaikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim bin Jubair declared that the King's desire to address the members each year reflects his continued interest in and support of the Council, which he has furnished with all it needs to perform its tasks within the framework of the teachings of Islam. He pointed out that the membership includes a number of highly qualified people, and attested to the cooperation that exists between the Council and government officials. The first regular meeting of the Shura Council in its third term will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, 2001.