Ambassador Al Saleh and Deputy Ambassador
Faisal bin Ghazi Hifzi and cultural attaché
Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Taleb receiving guests
Saudi Embassy in Canberra celebrates National Day
Ambassador Al Saleh praises the Saudi renaissance, Saudi- Australian relations
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Ambassador in Australia Nabil bin Mohammed Al Saleh held on Thursday a reception on the occasion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 83rd National Day at Hyatt hotel in Canberra.
The Ceremony was attended by a number of Australian public and political figures and ambassadors of Arab and Islamic States and foreign members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Canberra and the Arab and Muslim communities figures and members of the embassy and cultural attaché and students on scholarships from all Australian states who were received by ambassador Al-Saleh and Deputy Ambassador Faisal Bin Ghazi Hefzi and cultural attaché Dr. Abdul Aziz Ben Taleb and members of the embassy.
The ceremony started with the Saudi and Australian national anthem; then Ambassador Al- Saleh and head of protocol at the Australian Department of Foreign affairs Ms. Sally Mansfield exchanged congratulations and best wishes to both countries.
Then Ambassador Al Saleh honored a number of outstanding Saudi students on scholarships who won patents or achieved excellence in their studies and research during their scientific path in Australia, and he offers them a testimonial armor.
Excerpts of the speech by the ambassador Nabil Al Saleh
His excellency advised the Kingdom has over 32 universities, 25,000 schools, and a very large number of colleges and technical institutions. Illiteracy has been significantly reduced, from 60 per cent in 1972 to just four per cent in 2012. The Kingdom is now the single largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa region. It has the highest physical balance among the G20 economies and it is the only country in the Arab world that is in the G20.
For a relatively young nation, we have come very far in a very short time. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, has been a driving force behind the modernisation witnessed in the Kingdom, as well as the role Saudi Arabia plays in regional and international affairs. On the domestic front, he made development a central focus of his reign.
King Abdullah’s most notable achievements include launching four mega economic cities, the creation of King Abdulla University of Science and Technology, projects to expand the Two Holy Mosques, and launching the King Abdullah scholarship program, which has enabled tens of thousands of students to study at prestigious universities abroad.
The Kingdom’s reforms and developments have also extended into new laws, regulations, institutions and services to raise the standards of Saudi citizens and protect their rights. These initiatives have resulted in more transparency in the media and through society. We are witnessing wider national participation by women within the boundaries of custom, tradition and Islamic values. These great achievements enjoyed by our citizens internally are complemented by Saudi Arabia’s standing on the international stage. The Kingdom continues to strive to promote Arab and Islamic collectivism and the achievement of world peace, stability and security.
At this point I would like to acknowledge the important relations between Saudi Arabia and Australia. Having arrived in Canberra over five months ago, I have been touring your country and have been pleased by the number of Australians who spent time in Saudi Arabia. I am pleased to learn that there are about 6000 Australians in Saudi Arabia.
Diplomacy is not just about being friendly, it is also about identifying and exploiting the needs and interests of the two countries. An increasing number of our nationals visit Australia every year; thousands of our nationals choose to study in Australia. Our two countries continue to work closely together to expand relations. I am confident that cooperation and coordination will continue in various areas and at all levels. These relations leapt forward steadily to forge a strong partnership. We look forward to closely working with Australia in addressing issues of global concern through our common membership of the G20.
Ambassador Al Saleh and Sally Mansfield the Director of protocol at the DFAT
Ambassador Al Saleh with Tom Harley the president of
Australian-Saudi Business Council, Roland Jabour the
Chairman of the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce,
Deputy Ambassador Faisal bin Ghazi Hifzi and Abdulaziz Al Ateeq
Honoring outstanding students and heads of clubs
Ambassador Al Saleh, with members of the cultural attaché and
students on scholarships
Ambassador Al Saleh with Arab ambassadors in Canberra
Saudi Ambassador Nabeel Al Saleh (C) with Deputy ambassador
Faisal Hifzi and Mr AbdulAziz Al Ateeq
Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of Kuwait Rashed AlSaleh (1stR) with
his son Mohammedand Jenny Grant-Curnow (Middle East Branch, DFAT
Qatar 's ambassador Yousef Al Khater, Elie Sawma, Lebanese
ambssador Dr. Jean Daniel and Algerian Ambassador Hadi Brouri
Libyan ambassador Musbah Allafi, Engyptian ambassador
Hassan Al-Laithy and Iraqi ambassador Mouayed Saleh
Dr. Omran Zwed, Zafer Ghanieh and our editor Mr Shalala
Consul General of Oman Dr. Hamed Al Alawi, charge d'affaires at
the UAE embassyAbdulbaset Mohamed Al Marzooqi and
Sultan Al Yammahi and other participant
Libyan consul Idris AlTajourie, Dr. Omran Zwed with other participants
Joseph Khoury, Elie Sawma, Iraqi Cultural Attache and
Jenny Grant-Curnow (Middle East Branch, DFAT)