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Accelerating media influence on public opinion puts Saudi diplomatic missions abroad against huge challenge, Minister of Foreign Affairs says.

Riyadh, Safar 21, 1435, Dec 24, 2013, SPA -- Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the rapidly developing media and their increasing influence on the world public opinion has put the Saudi diplomatic missions abroad against great challenges, particularly as regards the bad stereotypes and confusing concepts circulated about the Kingdom in an attempt to distort its image in the world and, thus, requiring qualitative and quantitative effort to be exerted by our ambassadors and heads of missions abroad to fend off this ugly stereotype of the Kingdom amid the spread of unprecedented wrong information about our country.

To draw the smart real picture of the Kingdom abroad, a high-level ad hoc task team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will soon be formed to study the phenomenon and submit its recommendations that would be implemented by the embassies abroad, the Minister said today.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal was addressing the closing session of the eight-day 3rd meeting of the Saudi ambassadors and heads of missions abroad, taking place in the capital, Riyadh.

! Riyadh, Safar 21, 1435, Dec 24, 2013, SPA -- Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the rapidly developing media and their increasing influence on the world public opinion has put the Saudi diplomatic missions abroad against great challenges, particularly as regards the bad stereotypes and confusing concepts circulated about the Kingdom in an attempt to distort its image in the world and, thus, requiring qualitative and quantitative effort to be exerted by our ambassadors and heads of missions abroad to fend off this ugly stereotype of the Kingdom amid the spread of unprecedented wrong information about our country.

To draw the smart real picture of the Kingdom abroad, a high-level ad hoc task team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will soon be formed to study the phenomenon and submit its recommendations that would be implemented by the embassies abroad, the Minister said today.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal was addressing the closing session of the eight-day 3rd meeting of the Saudi ambassadors and heads of missions abroad, taking place in the capital, Riyadh.

He tasked the ambassadors with a great mission to explain to the world media, intellectuals and ordinary people the true essence of the belief and practice of the leadership, government and people of the Kingdom in defense of their religion, king and country.

He said this will be the first priority of our diplomatic missions from now on.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal lauded the so-far-reached recommendations in the fields of politics, economics, media, information technology, partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Information, use of E-services, and consular services.

For their part, the delegates expressed thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, for sponsoring the meeting and for their wise directives, asserting their commitment to do their best to carry these directives, out.

They also thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the 8-day long meeting comes to an end for organizing such a gathering, in order to discuss internal, regional and international developments.

! He tasked the ambassadors with a great mission to explain to the world media, intellectuals and ordinary people the true essence of the belief and practice of the leadership, government and people of the Kingdom in defense of their religion, king and country.

He said this will be the first priority of our diplomatic missions from now on.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal lauded the so-far-reached recommendations in the fields of politics, economics, media, information technology, partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Information, use of E-services, and consular services.

For their part, the delegates expressed thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, for sponsoring the meeting and for their wise directives, asserting their commitment to do their best to carry these directives, out.

They also thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the 8-day long meeting comes to an end for organizing such a gathering, in order to discuss internal, regional and international developments.

-- SPA 20:56 LOCAL TIME 17:56 GMT

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