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King Abdullah: Those who think Saudi sovereignty and security are fertile grounds for deviant ideology are under an illusion | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Mina, Asharq Al-Awsat – The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not trespass against others “and at the same time does not accept anybody desecrating even an inch of its land.”

In his Eid speech given from the Royal Palace in Mina, the King said, “There are no available alternatives to self-defense other than victory with pride and dignity, or martyrdom in the name of God and then the homeland.”

King Abdullah’s speech was attended by the royal family, religious scholars and guests from the Gulf States, as well as government ministers, military officers, and Hajj officials. King Abdullah said, “Whoever believes that the sovereignty and security of the country are fertile grounds for their deviant ideology will learn that they are under an illusion.” He went on to quote the Quran saying, “Those who do wrong will come to know by what a (great) reverse they will be overturned,” [Surat al-Shuara, Verse 227].

Addressing the armed forces, King Abdullah also spoke of his confidence in the Saudi military, saying that the pride that he feels for the armed forces is because they are “after the protection of Allah, the shield of this country.” The King added, “You [the military] have put your trust in Allah to fight those who have betrayed themselves into doing evil. Knowledge brings victory and ignorance brings defeat.”

In his speech, General Saeed al Qahtani, the Chief of General Security and Chairman of the Hajj Security Committee, said that “the armed forces have responded to Your Majesty’s order to clean out the land of the armed infiltration of a deviant and hired group.”