King Abdullah interviewed by Al-Seyassah

January 18, 2011

In an interview with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah, conducted by its Editor-in-Chief Ahmed Al-Jarallah and published yesterday, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz offered assurances regarding his health and thanked those who have offered him their good wishes. King Abdullah, who is in New York recuperating from successful back surgery, remarked, “I say to all peoples of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] states and peoples of Arab and Islamic countries who have expressed their feelings of friendship and brotherhood towards me what I have said to our people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – that I am fine as long as you are fine.”

Asked about concerns that his work schedule will tire him out during his period of convalescence, King Abdullah replied, “My activities, whether Saudi, Arab or international activities, are a source of comfort to me and bring about good health. I want to reassure all people that I am fine, and I will return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia very soon, God willing, to be among my people.”

Questioned about the large expenditures in the latest Saudi budget, King Abdullah stated, “We are a country blessed by God Almighty, who bestowed upon us many resources . . . The budget is well-studied and it aims to improve and develop the social infrastructure, as well as the infrastructure of the Saudi homeland as a whole, in addition to the development of the economy and industry, as we want diverse and national outputs in the coming years, alongside the revenues and resources of oil production.” He added, “We seek through these great budgets to address any deficiencies in our economic and social facilities. Our people and coming generations will enjoy the resources of their country.”