King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated the activities of the 3rd year of the 7th session of the Shura Council in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, Al Arabiya reported.
Immediately after the King's arrival, the Royal Anthem was played. Then, the 3rd year of the 7th session of the Shura Council was inaugurated with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
In his speech, King Salman bin Abdulaziz stated that the kingdom adheres to Islamic Sharia law and adopts the values of moderation and tolerance.
In his speech, King Salman spoke about a number of issues, including oil, stating that the kingdom’s policy on oil is based on cooperation and coordination with other oil producers.
“We are keen on a strategic partnership based on mutual benefits and respect,” the King said, referring to oil production.
“We are working to maintain the stability of oil markets to protect producers and consumers,” the King said.
The King also said that the kingdom is continuing to develop the governance of state institutions.
He added that the Saudi citizen is the main driving force of development in the country, adding that development plans are achieving set goals at a satisfactory rate.
The King also stated that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is focused on developing human capabilities and preparing the new generation.
The King also spoke about terrorism in the region, stating that the kingdom will continue to fight extremism and support a developmental approach. He added that the Palestinian case will remain the number one priority “until the Palestinians get their rights.”
In the Yemeni file, the King stated that Saudi Arabia’s involvement was not a choice, but a duty to confront the Houthi militias. He said that the kingdom supports a political solution in Yemen according to Security Council resolutions and the GCC initiative.
The King also spoke about relations with Iraq, stating that the kingdom looks forward to continuing efforts to strengthen cooperation with Baghdad.
On Iran, the King said that the international community needs to put an end to its activities that threaten the stability and security of the region. He added that Iran is working to cause chaos in surrounding countries, and that it insists on sponsoring terrorism.
This is the third year of the seventh session of the Shura Council, where the council’s Chairman Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Sheikh said they were looking forward to the king’s much-anticipated speech, which acts as an annual guideline for the deliberations of the council.
Sheikh thanked the kingdom’s foreign ministry for their cooperation in the council’s deliberations and the council members for their inputs and efforts.