1999 News Story

Centennnial events continue

In continuation of a four-day symposium celebrating the centennial of the event that led to the founding of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a cultural seminar was organized yesterday morning at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC under the patronage of the Jeddah-based Okaz press and publication organization.  Dr. Abdullah Al-Fayez of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) gave a speech on Saudi Arabi's foreign policy, Dr. Ahmed Saifaddin, also of the Shura Council, talked about the role of Islam in development decisions, and Dr. Sdaka Fadil, lecturer on political science at King Abdul Aziz university in Jeddah spoke on the decision to unify the Kingdom.

Later, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC hosted a reception celebrating the centennial. On behalf of Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Ambassador Ahmed Kattan highlighted the great achievements accomplished by King Abdul Aziz, a brave and far-sighted leader, attributing the cohesion and stability that prevails in the Kingdom to implementation of Islamic Shariah [Law].
Meanwhile, it was announced in Riyadh today that a book entitled 'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the International Arab Encyclopedia' has been produced by the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Charitable Foundation on the occasion of the centennial.  The book covers the Kingdom's history, geography, and economy, and the social, cultural and political achievements it has accomplished.