As we have for the last 68 years, Saudi Arabians celebrate the establishment of the modern Kingdom on September 23 this year. It was on this day in 1932 that King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud united the people of Saudi Arabia under the banner of Islam into a cohesive nation that has withstood the test of many challenges and availed itself of great opportunities.

     A benevolent leader totally committed to the teaching of Islam and the well-being of his people, King Abdulaziz set an example for all Saudis to emulate. His piety, integrity and absolute commitment to his people are characteristics that have guided his sons who succeeded him as King.

     Recognizing that his nation would need to adapt to the changing times in order to prosper and thrive, King Abdulaziz built the foundations and capable of meeting all the requirements of the rapidly developing state.

     In the decades following his rule, Saudi government has evolved into an institution capable of meeting every need of its citizens, from providing health care and education. To expanding and diversifying the economy, while safeguarding the nationís security and stability.

     The rapid modernization of Saudi Arabia, in particular since the introduction of five-year development plans 1970, led to the re-evaluation of the countryís political and administrative systems. The Custodian of the tow Holy Mosques King fahd bin Abdulaziz too steps to further revitalize and streamline the political system. In 1992, he introduced the Basic Laws of Governance, the Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) and the Provincial Councils. The following year, he announced bylaws for the Councils of Ministers. 

     These steps have made the government better prepared to deal with the requirements of the Kingdom in the 21st century as the nation continues to surge ahead in almost every area of human endeavor. As the economy continues its rapid diversification and expansion, the government is realizing that privatization is the key to continued growth and has taken a series of steps to encourage further expansion of the Saudi private sector, as well as to attract greater foreign investment.

     On this, our national Day, we once again offer thanks to God for great blessings, both spiritual and material, that He has granted. We do so with pride in our achievements and an understanding that as our forebears set an example for us to follow, so we for our younger generation who will carry the banner of Islam and the hops of our nation the future.


Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States