2004 News Story

Prince Sultan addresses armed forces, speaks of Iraq, reform, and terrorism

Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, addressing the armed forces in Riyadh yesterday, highlighted their role in the service of their religion, country and rulers.

Commenting on the situation in Iraq, Prince Sultan urged the United Nations to work for the drafting of an Iraqi constitution that paves the way for formation of a legitimate government in the country, capable of holding free elections in that country.
On reform, Prince Sultan said the Kingdom had made great progress, but cautioned that issues should be tackled “wisely and objectively”. He confirmed the government’s determination to broaden the scope of consultation, and to adopt a system of election for the municipal councils; and praised the positive outcome of the National Dialogue Forum that was recently held in Makkah.
On terrorism, he observed that terrorist acts in Saudi Arabia are perpetrated by extremists who are encouraged by certain foreign elements, and praised the efforts of the Ministry of Interior in containing this menace, with the support of the National Guard as well as the Armed Forces. He also referred to the mutual cooperation of these three entities in ensuring the safety of pilgrims during this time of Hajj.