We are in a race against time to achieve the Kingdom's vision 2030, Prince Mohammed bin Salman announces 12 Riyadh

Wednesday 1438/8/7 - 2017/05/03
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Q: When does this wheel start?
A: Very complex project. We expect things to be clearer this year.
Q: What other sectors can be allocated in the near future?
A: The municipal services sector, also the transport sector, mainly airports, aviation and ports, these are the main sectors we are targeting at this stage.
Q: On the subject of the vision, you mentioned that there will be an increase in the number of those wishing to perform Umrah and Hajj through the two Holy Mosques' facilities. However, Muslims in Pakistan, for example, or from other countries or Muslims living here, believe that the fees will have a negative effect. as pilgrims will perform Umrah once instead of four times a year?
A: This is an incorrect propaganda, and we know who is behind it: those who hate Saudi Arabia, and the interests of Saudi Arabia in one way or another, and tries to seize any opportunity to alienate the Muslim peoples from Saudi Arabia. First, before this decision there were fees of 50 riyals for Hajj and Umrah. Even those who come for the first time pay 50 riyals on the visa of Hajj and Umrah. This decision is not aimed at the visa of Hajj and Umrah, but is aimed at all visas of the Saudi government and unifies its price at one price. The Saudi government's services to pilgrims cover the costs of the first Hajj and the first Umrah of any Muslim at the expense of the government, If a Muslim wants to perform the first Hajj, he will not pay the value of the visa and the Saudi government will pay the visa and if a Muslim wants to perform Umrah the first time, the government will pay the value of the visa, but those who come back for the second or third times, first, they drain the Saudi economy and we served them for the first time free of charge; second, they take the place of another Muslim who wants to come for Hajj and Umrah.
Q: A minister was sacked for violations and abuse of authority. Is this decision an activation of the commission against corruption?
A: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, made changes on the first day of accession to power, sensing the importance of the role of the Anti-Corruption Commission and his dissatisfaction with the role played by the Commission. This means that if you do not give priority to the fight against corruption you will not succeed whatever you do. I assure you that any person involved in a corruption case, whether minister, prince or whatever, will not escape. Any person with sufficient evidence against him will be held accountable.
Q: Will social networking sites contribute to detecting corruption if any.
A: We must not take documents on the issue of corruption from social networking sites because we cannot differentiate between the fake and the real and between those who have a special agenda and those who do not. Any Saudi citizen who has information on corruption should provide it to the competent authorities headed by the Anti-Corruption Authority, and must trust that the competent authorities are doing their job.
Q: The war on the Houthis in Yemen is open. Will it continue?
A: No one wants to continue the war.
Q: What is its future in your opinion?
A: There is no doubt that the when war began, there was no other option for Saudi Arabia. It was something we had to do, or the other scenario would be much worse. First, it is a coup against legitimacy by militias classified as terrorist militias with which we have a negative 2009 experience. Second, the militias posed a danger to the international navigation and against all Yemen's neighboring countries. Third, the terrorist activity on the other side of southern Yemen has been very active in exploiting the work of these militias. If we wait a bit, the danger will become more complicated and the danger will become within the territory of Saudi Arabia and within the territory of the countries of the region and the major international transits. There was no other choice for us. I think that the Saudi armed forces achieved a very big achievement. When the operations started, the legitimacy's control over the Yemeni territory was almost zero%. Today, the legitimacy controls 80 or 85% of the Yemeni territory, while another alliance was founded in northern Saudi Arabia in Iraq and Syria to fight Da'ash, which controls part of Iraq. 60 countries led by the United States of America from 2014, and a year earlier until today they have not done anything. We are 10 countries in the region managed to accomplish an achievement in a shorter time than the time of war of operations of Iraq and Syria. This is an achievement for the forces of Saudi forces, Yemeni forces and all coalition forces.
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