Newly named Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Wednesday that the Defense Ministry had enjoyed the attention of Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman when he acted as its minister.
In his first remarks since his appointment to his post, he vowed that the Ministry will continue along Crown Prince Mohammed’s vision and the path he laid out.
In a tweet, he praised the trust shown by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed in his appointment, asking God Almighty to support him in serving his religious, leadership and nation.
King Salman issued a Royal Decree on Tuesday that named Crown Prince Mohammed prime minister and Prince Khalid defense minister.
Prince Khalid underlined the vision for the development of the ministry that was outlined by Crown Prince Mohammed under his leadership.
The ministry had enjoyed great interest and direct supervision by the Crown Prince that led to the launch of its development program, he noted.
This reflects his faith in the importance of developing its capabilities and staying abreast of military development according to the highest standards, stressed Prince Khalid.
He vowed that the ministry will continue to forge ahead along the path outlined by the Crown Prince “so that it will be transformed into a modern institution with professional military forces that can protect the nation and its interests.”