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Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah addresses nation, issues decrees - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today made a statement to the people of Saudi Arabia.

In his statement the king said, “I am proud of you. Words and meanings cannot describe you. I say this to make history bear witness, pens write and national memory keep that after Allah Almighty, you are the guarantee for the unity of this country and that you hit falsehood with truth and betrayal with loyalty and solidness of your faithful will.”

The king added, “Allow me to address the scholars at the Commission of Senior Scholars or outside it who, out of loyalty to the religion, stood and supported the word of Allah Almighty in confronting the voice of division and advocates of sedition. I also do not forget the thinkers of the nation and the writers who have fought the enemies of religion, homeland and the nation. I proudly say to each and every citizen that any nation that supports the word of truth has nothing to fear. You are at the heart of it and the trustees on religion and the security and stability of this nation.”

The king addressed the brave men of all military sectors and in particular the security men of the Interior Ministry saying, “You are the shield of this country and the striking hand against anyone tempted to undermine its security and stability. May Allah bless you in all you do.”

The king addressed the noble people saying, “Allah knows that I always hold you dear to my heart and that I derive determination, help and strength from Allah and then from you.”

He concluded by saying, “Don’t forget to pray Allah Almighty for me”.

King Abdullah also ordered the handout of billions of dollars in benefits to Saudi citizens and created more domestic security jobs. The benefits range from monthly payouts for the unemployed to building 500,000 new homes and spending on healthcare.

In addition, the king ordered the creation of 60,000 new security jobs within the interior ministry.

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