The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated the works of the 4th year of the 6th session of the Consultative Council at the Council’s headquarters in Riyadh. His speech reviewed the State’s internal and external policy and its achievements.
King Salman stated that Saudi Arabia has seen, since its inception, a national cohesion witnessed by all and added that the process of development and growth has continued in a rising pace, despite the international economic fluctuations.
He emphasized on the priority of the Saudi citizens as they are the first goal of development. He also stated that the government continues its evolvement in the sectors of health, education, housing, employment, transport, economy, and others.
The Saudi King proceeded in his statement that the country’s foreign policy was focused on protecting the Islamic and Arab world, implementing anti-terrorism measures, achieving safety and stability in the world, and seeking to unite the ranks to confront the risks and challenges surrounding Arab and Islamic nations.
The king said regarding the Saudi debts that higher oil prices in the past years have allowed Saudi Arabia to grow its foreign reserves and keep its debt levels low. The kingdom would “maintain stability and balance between revenue and spending on big development projects in all sectors,” he said.
The king also blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the rise of militant groups in the region, saying terrorist organizations would not find fertile ground without the Syrian government’s policies.
Within the framework of the Kingdom’s keenness to perform its duties towards the brotherly countries and support them, the ‘Determination Storm’ was launched with the participation of a number of Arab and Islamic countries at the request of the Yemeni legitimate government to save Yemen from a coup against its legitimacy, security and stability. This group sought to dominate and sow discord in the region, threaten the security of the neighboring states, including the Kingdom, and strictly carry out regional plots seeking to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab countries through turning Yemen into a hotbed of sectarian and doctrinal conflicts. That triggered the coalition countries to deal with this threat encircling the security and people of Yemen and the entire Arab security, to restore the Yemeni legitimacy and stability, to ward off the threats posed by this group and its regional supporters and to secure the region’s stability and territorial integrity.