HRM King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued Tuesday royal orders appointing HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince as Prime Minister; and Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as Minister of Defense.
Then Prince Khalid bin Salman, Minister of Defense, took oath of office before the Saudi King in Jeddah, in the presence of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Prince Khalid said: “I swear by Allah Almighty to be loyal to my religion, King, and homeland, not to divulge any of the State's secrets, to maintain its interests and regulations, and to perform my duties with honesty, integrity and sincerity.”
On Wednesday, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, met at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in Jeddah with Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense and Commanders of the Ministry.
HRH Crown Prince expressed his thanks and appreciation for the sincere efforts of the Ministry of Defense personnel and the great progress they have achieved with the implementation of the Ministry’s development program, and the increase in the internal self-sufficiency of the military industries from 2% to 15%. He further hoped it would reach 50% under the command and supervision of the Minister of Defense and the Ministry personnel.
HRH Crown Prince also cited the special status he feels towards the Ministry of Defense and the period he spent working for it, praising its performance, work and advanced stages, aspiring that it achieves further progress under the command of Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and the cooperation of the Ministry personnel for broader and greater horizons.
For his part, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz affirmed that the achievements of the Ministry of Defense during its development programs and its achievements in future through continuing to implement its development programs drawn up by HRH the Crown Prince comes under the directives and continuous support of HRH the Crown Prince.
The Commanders of the Ministry of Defense and Commanders of the Armed Forces branches attended the event.