Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today received Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Angary, Minister of Education Dr. Muhammad Al-Rasheed, General President for Girls' Education Dr. Ali Al-Marshad, and a number of other senior education officials, including female officials via closed-circuit television.
In his address, Crown Prince Abdullah informed his audience of his recent communication with U.S. President George W. Bush. He began by remarking: "As long as we hold to the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet, only good will happen to us." He then made reference to certain newspaper articles against the Kingdom, and said he had wanted to write to President Bush about this, to tell him that these are inappropriate. President Bush, however, telephoned Crown Prince Abdullah, and apologized for these articles, saying their writers are trying to cause trouble between the two countries. This, he assured the Crown Prince, is unacceptable to the majority of Americans.
Crown Prince Abdullah reported that the conversation, which was lengthy, then turned to the current war in Afghanistan, and to the situation in Palestine. He ended his address by assuring his audience that the Saudi government is quietly vigilant, and staunch in its aim of preserving the rights of the citizens, and of the Arabs, and of the Muslims.