2004 News Story

Crown Prince receives participants in Second National Dialogue Forum

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received in Riyadh yesterday the scholars and thinkers who participated in the Second National Forum for Intellectual Dialogue that took place last week in Makkah, organized by the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue. The Crown Prince thanked them and praised the harmony and agreement they had shown. He stressed the importance of following Islamic moderation in both public and private lives, underlined the rights given to women in Islam, and urged people to be patient and not rush into quick decisions.

The Crown Prince also commented on Internet postings where negative observations about the Kingdom are posted under fictitious Saudi names; these, he said, are not written by Saudis. He cited unacceptable Internet criticism of Saudi aid to earthquake victims in Iran, noting that such aid is an Islamic as well as a humane obligation. He referred to those who post such things on the Internet as evil-minded and vile. Crown Prince Abdullah then announced that sessions of the Dialogue will take place every three months.