The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sent its condolences to the family and friends of Congressman Wayne Owens, who during his four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives proudly served the people of Utah. He was also a steady and strong advocate for peace in the Middle East.
Congressman Owens, who traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia often and was a good friend to many, helped launch the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, an organization that has continued to lead efforts to find peace in the Middle East.
Books and Study Guides to Be Removed of Intolerant Teachings
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has approved budgets for the construction of 780 new schools as well as improvements to another 380 schools. Part of this funding will improve and equip a number of educational facilities, such as supplying schools with computers, laboratory tools and other devices. The funding will also provide maintenance to existing schools. In addition, money has been allocated to update books and curriculum.
The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Ali Al-Namlah, says that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not provide charitable contributions in order to promote radicalism.
According to Minister Al-Namlah, the tenets of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah (the Prophet's teachings) have always called for moderation.
He said that charitable giving is designed to help those in need and that the Kingdom does not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries.
In an official letter to Saudi religious leaders, Shaikh Saleh Al-Ashaikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, said restrictions have been put in place to prohibit unauthorized persons from making speeches at mosques. The order, distributed as part of a new program for the care of mosques and their workers, warned speakers at mosques against making provocative speeches and inciting people.
The letter said that mosques are meant only for prayer, guidance and other pious activities and should not be used as political platforms.
The Government of Saudi Arabia today revealed a number of substantial legal and regulatory changes enacted over the past year to counter terrorism. Important steps have recently been taken to control charitable funds, prevent money laundering, and improve multi-lateral cooperation. In cooperation with the United States and other countries, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been on the forefront of the war on terrorism. Today’s announcement was made to correct misperceptions about the Kingdom in this area.
HRH Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, wife of HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States, today said:
“I heard U.S. lawmakers in the American media today say that money that I have donated to a needy Saudi family living in the United States was transferred to two Saudi 9-11 terrorists.
"My father, King Faisal, was killed in a terrorist act in 1975. I find that accusations that I contributed funds to terrorists outrageous and completely irresponsible.
Saudi Arabia Is Major Contributor to Rebuilding Afghanistan
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today announced that construction has begun on a major road project in Afghanistan. The Kabul - Kandahar - Herat highway, largely destroyed by war, is being rebuilt through a Saudi-U.S.-Japanese partnership. The road project will repair a major transportation artery and will help bring back transportation and trade to the war-torn country. The project is part of a multi-billion dollar effort to the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to privatize many of its vital economic sectors. Sectors open to privatization include: telecommunications, civil aviation, desalination, highway management, railways, sports clubs, municipal services, health services and government hotels.
Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi said the cabinet approved the privatization list upon the recommendation of the Supreme Economic Council (SEC), which is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
HRH Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, urged Muslim youth on Saturday to shun extremism and conduct themselves in a tolerant and temperate manner.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken deliberate action to root out terrorism and shut down its sources of financing. In recent months, the Kingdom has stepped up law enforcement and has expanded multilateral action to crack down on international finance networks that support terrorist organizations.