Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

State Security Spokesman: Security of the Two Holy Mosques Is a Moral Strategy Unique to the Saudi Kingdom

The spokesperson for the Presidency of State Security, Major General Eng. Bassam Atiyyah, stressed the role of intellectual ideology and strategic methodology that boost national security to be able to deal with hostile developments and unify the attitudes and orientations to build self-security. He emphasized the uniqueness of the Saudi Kingdom's strategy toward the security of the Two Holy Mosques, which stands out in the form of values and ethics inherited by the people of this country, not to mention the cultural and historical values of the kingdom.

This was stated in a lecture entitled, "Threats to National Security", organized by Umm Al-Qura University today in collaboration with the Presidency of State Security, in King Abdulaziz Historical Hall in Al-Abdiyyah. The lecture was held in the presence of His Excellency the President of Umm Al-Qura University, Prof. Abdullah Bafail, the UQU vice presidents, the college's male and female vice deans, faculty members, as well as male and female students.

Major General Bassam Atiyyah reviewed the kingdom's security issues, and the various variables and challenges that it has faced during the successive decades. These are embodied in projects and plans that exert efforts with regard to homeland security. He further reviewed the fixed frameworks to protect the kingdom's leadership and its security from terrorism, extremism, and espionage, in light of the organized attempts which were thwarted by the state on several occasions, according to its vision of dealing with these operations and repelling them by analyzing hostile plans.

The spokesman also defined the main dimensions of the concepts of national security that underpin all countries, which are considered threats if used against them, including the economic, military, social, creedal, geopolitical, environmental, cognitive, and political dimensions. He also noted that the kingdom's national security emanates from within, but its impact extends regionally and internationally, and that whatever happens on its soil will have repercussions on other countries.

Major General Bassam Atiyyah said, “The security of the kingdom is a vast space that faces all the developments targeting it. Such developments are a key factor in reconstructing the security establishment under six sectors, working in three areas to contain the concept of the state and its security." He pointed out the difference between the concepts of 'national security' and 'personal security', and the specific frameworks for each, pertinent to the orientations and conventions of different countries.