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Riyadh – Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, said the internal and foreign polices of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be carrying the same values and principles formulated by Late King Abdulaziz, the Kingdom”s Founder, and followed by his sons.

”These polices will remain unchanged”, Said Prince Saud in a press briefing here today.

Prince Saud pointed out that the death of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz constitutes a great loss to the Kingdom, and added ”King Fahd was a great leader and a wise King who had devoted his time for the service of his religion and country”.

”King Fahd was fully aware of the role that should be played by the Kingdom in the service of the Arab and Muslim causes as well as the just international causes,” he noted.

He stated that the Kingdom, during the era of King Fahd, had played an effective role at the regional and international arenas, and had positively contributed to boosting local economy, and to realizing stability of the international economy.

”The Kingdom which contains the biggest reserves of crude oil in the world, was keen on realizing balance in a manner that that serves both oil consumers and producers”, he said.

Prince Saud said the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was an honest supporter of the late King Fahd.

He noted that the smooth transference of power after the death of King Fahd, stands as a witness for the strength of the Kingdom”s institutions.

”The Kingdom will remain keen on openness with he the world, and at the same time it will adhere to its deep-rooted traditions and values”, he said adding ”the Kingdom is keen on positively contributing to preservation of the global peace and stability and honoring its bilateral and international commitments as well as on respecting the principles, laws and resolutions of the international

legitimacy.

”Moreover the Kingdom will tirelessly exert efforts for solving the regional and international problems”, he said.

Prince Saud said the Kingdom, which is proud of its international relations, will remain keen on preserving its close relations with the fraternal and friendly countries within the framework of the principles of mutual respect and non-interference in domestic affairs.

On the other hand, Prince Saud reiterated the keenness of the Kingdom on the return of national capitals from aboard and attracting foreign investors to come and invest in the country.

Prince Saud categorically denied reports which said that Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi was planning to come to the Kingdom for offering condolences on the death of King Fahd, but he was barred by the Saudi authorities, and said ”reports in this respect are untrue”.

”A Libyan delegation came to offer condolences on the death of King Fahd, if so how can we accept the arrival of a delegation from Libya and at the same time reject the arrival of the Libyan President, he said and added ”reports in this respect are baseless and untrue”.

Asked if the post of the Second Deputy Premier will be filled, Prince Saud said ”this post does not exist in the basic rule system, and it is an optional matter for the King to appoint the Second Deputy Premier or not”.

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