King Salman on Wednesday received the chairman of
the General Sports Authority (GSA), Turki Al-Asheikh, accompanied by the
president and members of Saudi Arabian Football Association (SAFA) and players
of the Saudi Football First Team on the occasion of their qualification for
2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Upon their reception at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah,
King Salman said he was pleased to be among them on this day as they represent
their country, which they all have the honor to represent it as it is the
Qiblah of Muslims, the land of the Two Holy Mosques and the cradle of Arabism.
He said their qualification (to the World Cup
finals) was an achievement for the country and he expressed hope for their
success and a safe return to their country.
SAFA President Adel Izzat expressed happiness over
meeting King Salman. He said the meeting reflected the care and concern given
by the king to the youths and sportsmen which enabled them to occupy top ranks
at regional, Arab and global forums, the latest achievement being qualification
to the World Cup finals for the fifth time.
He considered the qualification to the World Cup
finals one of the fruits of care given by king and the crown prince, whose
unlimited support to the players and the administrative and technical staff played
a key role in this achievement.
The audience was attended by Prince Abdul Aziz bin
Saud bin Naif, minister of interior; Minister of State and Cabinet member
Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin
Obaid Madani; and a number of officials. – AN