New York, 18 September 2014
The Saudi Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the New York have celebrated the Saudi National Day on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi and the Consul-General of the Kingdom in New York, Mr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Sharif has held a ceremony on this occasion in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, attended by the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jean Ellison, and the President of the General Assembly to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador John Ashe, a large number of officials of the United Nations and the permanent representatives of the Member States to the United Nations, and the consuls of Arab, Islamic, and other friendly countries.
Ambassador Mouallimi gave a speech on this occasion in which he said, "We celebrate the anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is the anniversary of the unification of this Country. As you know, the Saudi experience is the most important and successful experience of unionism at the level of the Arab world during this century and the previous one. Thank God, Saudi Arabia today more than any time before, is a castle for stability and an oasis of prosperity not only for its children but for the children of the Arab and Islamic Nation. It extends its goodness and its bid to include the whole world in general and the Arab and Islamic world in particular; in addition to its effective contribution at the international level in the fields of mutual relations and international cooperation."
The Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, gave a speech on this occasion in which he congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and Crown Prince and Second Deputy Premier and the people of Saudi Arabia, praising the pivotal and important role of Saudi Arabia, stressing that the Kingdom is a founding member of the United Nations and that he seeks to build a strong partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations. The Secretary-General also stressed that the Kingdom is an influential force in the international arena by saying, "We are closely working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to achieve world peace, development issues, and human rights; the three axes upon which the United Nations is based."
The event was attended by members of the Saudi Mission, consular and diplomatic corps, and a number of esteemed individuals of politics and economics of various nationalities; in addition to a large number of Saudi citizens, students on scholarships, and businessmen and members of the Arab and Muslim communities present in the United States. At the end of the ceremony, commemorative photos were taken.