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Al-Swaha: King’s speech emphasizes citizen as focus for development

14 Dec 2017
Al-Swaha: King’s speech emphasizes citizen as focus for development

Noting the speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the opening of the second year of the Shura Council’s seventh session, ​HE Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, affirmed that it had emphasized the clear approach adopted by the Kingdom in all of its affairs toward the welfare of citizens, prosperity and growth, noting that this is translated in the King’s high directives to facilitate the procedures and services for citizens and to expand programs that concern them.

Eng. Al-Swaha added that the speech defined the role of government agencies in promoting the efficiency of their services for the welfare of citizens, and identified the citizen as the main focus for development and must participate in all development processes, as well as cooperation between the public and private sectors as a necessary element. Al-Swaha stated that MCIT is determined to continue march in line with our wise leadership’s decisions in continuing to work according to the "Citizen First" strategy and enable, motivate the private sector to achieve further digital development with a view to facilitate and simplify electronic transactions for citizens.

Al-Swaha noted that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques stressed the importance of combating corruption and his keenness to address this serious scourge for that sake of the citizen primarily, by safeguarding the achievements of the nation, channeling resources to the well-being of the citizen, supporting advancement and promoting development. He also indicated that King Salman in his speech touched on the Kingdom's approach to fighting extremism and holding extremists accountable, and it permanent adherence to moderation, and quoted the King’s statements: "There is no place among us for extremists who see moderation as abrogation and exploit our tolerant religion to achieve their goals. Also, there is no place for debauchees who see war on extremism as a means to spread debauch and exploit the simplicity of religion to achieve their goals." Al-Swaha commented that these words had set a clear path for developing the Kingdom's present, building its future and moving forward in development, modernization and advancement, in a way that does not contradict the general constants.

Al-Swaha concluded that with regard to the foreign policy of the Kingdom, King Salman affirmed the kingdom has an influential role in the regional and international organizations and enjoys a global and regional appreciation that enabled it to hold summits that are historic in terms of timing and decisions, and thus established a joint work aimed at achieving security and stability in the region and the world.

Al-Swaha indicated that King Salman affirmed that the Palestinian issue is at the forefront of the Kingdom's interests and stressed the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, clearly demonstrating the Kingdom's position on this issue and its keenness to safeguard the historic rights of the Palestinian people, and emphasizing the Kingdom's condemnation of the American decision on Jerusalem because of its great bias against the rights of the Palestinian people, which once again confirms the Kingdom's backing and supporting of the Palestinian people in this issue of the Islamic nation.

In conclusion, Al-Swaha prayed for Allah to save and support the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince, as well as to preserve the Kingdom’s security, stability and prosperity under the guidance of the wise leadership.

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