Saudi king: security, economy top priorities

The King gave a speech on the kingdom's domestic and foreign policies

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Wednesday that his government’s top priorities are the economic development of Saudi citizens and the country’s security.

King Salman made these remarks in his first address to the Saudi Shura Council since his ascension to the throne earlier this year. His speech opened the fourth session of the council.

In his address, King Salman pointed out to a cabinet reshuffle earlier in July saying that it was undertaken to support the “path to development.” He also said that the development of the Saudi citizen is the number one priority held by the Saudi government.

As to the country’s foreign policies, the king said the country has conformed to its principles and international covenants as “it defended Arab and Islamic causes.” He also said Saudi foreign policy was aimed at “fighting terrorism” worldwide and restoring stability.

On the crisis in Syria, King Salman said his government was striving to maintain Syria as a unified nation inclusive of all sects, according to the Twitter account of the Saudi Shura Council.

The king also blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the rise of militant groups in the region, saying terrorist organizations would not find fertile ground without the Syrian government's policies, the council said.

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