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3 Continuity and Change: Twin Attributes of 250 Years of Saudi Rule
During its more than 250 years of existence, Saudi Arabia has remained steadfastly committed to a set of principles that serves as the state's main pillar - the teachings of Islam - while at the same time adapting to meet various challenges, survive and prosper.

12 Systems of Government: Meeting the Needs of a Modern Society
Saudi Arabia's governing systems are based on Islam, which calls for peace, justice, equality, consultation and respect for the rights of individuals. Its executive, legislative and judicial arms of government, guided by the Holy Qur'an, the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and Islamic law, have successfully met the needs of a rapidly-developing country and its people.

17 Assuming a Pivotal Role in Regional and International Affairs
Since the establishment of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, the country has moved from the margins to the center of regional and global affairs. Saudi Arabia's special place in both the Arab and Islamic worlds, its geopolitical importance and its vast hydrocarbon reserves have made the Kingdom an important force on the global scene, one whose views and mediation are actively sought to resolve disputes and avert crises.

23 Highlights of Saudi Foreign Relations


King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud, the founder of the modern SKingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. Background: The Holy Mosque in Makkah and the Qasr Al-Hokm in Riyadh.

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