Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, at a press conference yesterday following the awards ceremony for the winners of the 2005 King Faisal International Prize, praised the achievements accomplished by the security forces over the past few weeks.
On other issues, Prince Sultan confirmed that the names of the members of the new Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) will be announced later today or tomorrow. He expressed appreciation for those who have served as members of the Council over the past twelve years.
Concerning the joint military maneuvers that Saudi Arabia has been carrying out with the Republic of Yemen, Prince Sultan commented that they are not the first to be held with a neighboring country, and they will not be the last.
Referring to the upcoming visits to the United States of America, Canada, and France, by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Sultan noted that Saudi-American relations are strong, and that the visit will further mutual interests. He reiterated the Kingdom’s concern to accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO).