Riyadh –Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, said the Shura Council works “only for the sake of the nation,” stressing that the values of Shura, which are stipulated by Islam, were adopted by the Kingdom since the tenure of late King Abdulaziz.
Addressing the members following their swearing-in-ceremony on Tuesday, the King said: “You work only for the sake of the nation, and that will make you distinguished.”
He added that Saudi Arabia had “many competent men and women”.
“The nation is proud of you all,” King Salman said, adding: “Your views and proposals as well as your work at the Council will be appreciated by your nation, your citizens and me personally.”
The King stressed that the country’s institutions complemented one another.
“The Shura Council, the Council of Ministers and other entities, both public and private, are complementary to one another”, he stated.
“You are not serving a particular class, party, or individual; you are serving the interests of the homeland, an honor for which many envy you,” King Salman noted.
“I advise you to fear Allah Almighty in secret and public, and take care of the interests of the nation and people,” the King added.
King Salman will open on Wednesday the 7th session of the Shura Council, during which he will deliver a speech detailing the Kingdom’s domestic and foreign policies.
The ceremony was attended by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region; Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Meteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the State, Member of the Cabinet and Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Meteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti, as well as other ministers and senior officials.