1996 News Story

Crown Prince Abdullah addresses Majlis Al-Shura

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today inaugurated, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, the third year of the first session of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura). After an opening recitation from the Holy Qur'an, Prince Abdullah delivered a speech.

There followed an address by Sheikh Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Bin Jubair, Chairman of the Consultative Council. He said that the good news about the King's improved condition was a source of pleasure for the Majlis Al-Shura, and prayed that God would protect the monarch and bless him with good health. The council members, he said, look forward to this annual occasion of inauguration to receive wise guidance and listen to the sound opinions of the Saudi leadership, remarking that the citizens also eagerly awaited it in order to become acquainted with the Kingdom's accomplishments and the thoughts of their leaders.

Sheikh Bin Jubair said that both citizens and council members had this past year closely followed the concern of the Saudi government to modernize the civil administration and give those cadres with greater efficiency the opportunity to participate in the service of the homeland, within the framework of an ambitious and constant policy to upgrade all aspects of administrative performance, eliminate bureaucracy, and facilitate the affairs of the citizens.

He added that the council also followed attentively the government's concern to settle border disputes with neighbors or among them, and its efforts to alleviate the effects of crises, natural disasters and aggression aimed at Muslims.

He said that the Kingdom also worked to close Islamic ranks and steer the Muslim Nation safely in a wild sea of affliction, and expressed the council's appreciation of the state's wise measures to remedy persistent economic problems in the region as a result of the liberation of Kuwait and international economic changes, with the least possible amount of suffering to the citizens.

He pointed out that the council's work in the past year had been characterized by organization and clarity subsequent to the completion of its internal regulations and administrative structure. The council held 41 meetings in its second year, probing 57 issues and formulating 42 decisions, with the general authority holding 22 meetings and discussing 80 issues. In line with royal directives from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the council cemented its ties with a number of similar bodies overseas and with the parliaments of certain countries, in order to explain the distinguished Saudi experiment in the field of shura and shed light on its features. He stressed that the Consultative Council is proud of King Fahd's concern for its work, pointing out that the monarch himself is a major force behind the council's completion and its effectiveness.