HRH Prince Mitab
bin Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud hailed Shaikh Khalid's visit to get assured about King Abdulla's health, noting that it reflects the outstanding strong ties bonding the two kingdoms' leaderships, governments and peoples.
King Abdullah himself led the National Guard from 1962 until 2010, when he transferred command to Mitab
In November 2010, King Abdullah appointed Mitab
, 60, as minister of state, Cabinet member and national guard commander.
Washington-based analyst Simon Henderson said Sultan's return not only showed he still had ambitions to be king but that he wanted to bolster the position of his own family following Abdullah's promotion of Mitab
The people affectionately call the king Abu Mitab
, Malik Al-Insaniah (Humanitarian King) or Habib Al-Shaab (Beloved of the People) and are praying for his quick recovery and long life with good health.
Sultan (son of Prince Salman), and Mitab
(son of Abdullah).
These fly in the face of reality as the UAE has welcomed the visit by Qatar's Emir Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to Saudi Arabia in July when he met King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, which was followed by a visit last week to Qatar by Saudi Arabia's National Guard Minister Prince Mitab
Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself travelled to Jeddah on Thursday to reassure the public and demonstrate that "exaggerated and false rumours" about MERS are false, said his son, National Guard Minister Prince Mitab
. Fakieh said on Saturday that three specialised medical centres have been set up in Jeddah, Riyadh and Eastern Province.
In May, King Abdullah decreed the unit become a ministry, which is headed by his son Prince Mitab
. King Abdullah himself led the National Guard from 1962 until 2010, when he transferred command to Mitab
Washington-based analyst Simon Henderson said the Sultan's return not only showed he had ambitions to be king but that he wanted to bolster the position of his own family following Abdullah's promotion of Mitab
The daily, quoting sources it did not identify, expected the announcement of a new decision following this week's visit by Prince Mitab
Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Minister of National Guard, to Qatar, the first by a Saudi official since the three ambassadors were pulled out more than five months ago.
National Guard Minister Prince Mitab
said "The MERS situation is reassuring and it has not reached the level of an epidemic," he said.