Ministry of Interior (Saudi Arabia)
Ministry of Interior headquarters, Riyadh
|Formed||8 January 1926|
The Ministry of Interior (Arabic: وزارة الداخلية) is the Interior ministry of Saudi Arabia and is the responsible authority for national security, naturalization, immigration and customs in Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 1951 after the combined ministerial body covering financial and interior affairs were separated.
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The ministry consists of the following units:
Division of Internal Security
- General Directorate of Public Security
- General Directorate of Border Guard
- General Directorate of Civil Defense
- General Directorate of Corrections
- General Directorate of Court Services
- General Directorate of The Two Holy Mosques' Security
Division of Naturalisation and Residency
The Division of Naturalisation and Residency enforces immigration laws with the Ministry's "Immigration and Customs enforcement Police". The Ministry is also responsible for issuing Passports and National Identification for Saudi citizens and residence Permit for non-Saudis. It is headed by Ahmed Hammam
The first minister of interior was Abdullah bin Faisal, son of King Faisal. Prince Ahmed was appointed interior minister on 18 June 2012. It was reported that he would not basically alter the security policies of Saudi Arabia since the country faced a threat from Al Qaeda in Yemen and experienced an unrest among its Shi'ite Muslim minority.
List of ministers
- Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud (1951–1959)
- Faisal of Saudi Arabia (1959–1960)
- Musaid bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud (1960)
- Abdul Muhsin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1960–1961)
- Faisal bin Turki I bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1961–1962)
- Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1962–1975)
- Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1975 – 16 June 2012)
- Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (18 June 2012 – 5 November 2012)
- Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud (5 November 2012 – 21 June 2017)
- Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Saud (21 June 2017 – present)
|Sikorsky S-70||utility/transport helicopter||S-70i||3|
|Sikorsky S-92||utility/transport helicopter||S-92||17||Some are armed with machine guns|
|Sikorsky S-434||training helicopter||S-434||9||Used for training|
|Kawasaki-Vertol 107||utility||KV-107IIA-SM-1||7||Used for firefighting|
|Kawasaki-Vertol 107||utility/transport||KV-107IIA-SM-2||4||Aeromedical and rescue helicopter|
|Kawasaki-Vertol 107||transport||KV-107IIA-SM-3||2||VIP transport|
|Kawasaki-Vertol 107||utility/transport||KV-107IIA-SM-4||3||Air ambulance|
|EADS CASA C-295||transport||C-295W||4|
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