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Saudi Interior Minister Says Efforts Continue to Identify Terrorism Supporters | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz has stated that there are various elements backing terrorism and said the Saudi Interior Ministry is continuing its efforts to uncover them at the right time.

The Saudi minister added that the Kingdom”s government has not noticed any external efforts to help dry up the ideological sources of terrorism and underlined the country”s willingness to help and cooperate with all parties that are ready for every effort.

Prince Naif expressed his full satisfaction with the security forces” handling of the terrorist cell during the events in Al-Dammam”s Al-Mubarakiyah neighborhood between 6 and 9 September and attributed the length of time the confrontation took to the security forces” concern for the safety of the citizens and residents around the area.

On the other hand, Prince Naif, the supervisor general of the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People&#34, signed a joint action agreement with &#34UNESCO&#34 under which the Saudi committee would provide financial aid to several educational programs for the Palestinian people at a total cost of $15 million while UNESCO would be mandated by the committee to supervise directly the implementation of these projects in coordination with the Palestinian Education and Higher Education Ministry.

The grant includes covering 75 percent of the school fees for 15,989 male and female students in Palestinian universities and 75 percent of the school fees for 1,747 male and female students in colleges in addition to supporting 10 Palestinian universities and colleges with more than 8 million riyals.

Asked by Asharq al-Awsat about the Saudi leadership”s assessment of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Prince Naif answered: &#34We hope there is sincerity and that this is in the Palestinian people”s interest.&#34