KSA regrets Yemen talks failure

Updated 25 June 2015
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KSA regrets Yemen talks failure

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its deep sorrow over the failure of Geneva talks to reach an agreement on Yemen while appreciating UN efforts to implement Security Council Resolution 2216.
The Council of Ministers on Monday, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, praised the positive cooperation shown by the legitimate Yemeni government with global efforts to alleviate the suffering of its people.
The Cabinet welcomed the final communiqué issued by OIC foreign ministers following their extraordinary meeting in Jeddah on Yemen, stressing the Kingdom’s support for all efforts to end the Yemeni crisis and its rejection of any foreign intervention in Yemen’s affairs without a request from the country’s legitimate government.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s message to the nation on the occasion of Ramadan, urging citizens to keep away from extremism and sectarianism.
It thanked the king for his assertion that confidence in Saudi citizens is limitless and that there will be no leniency for negligence and that anyone breaching security, religious and national solid principles would be held accountable.
Monday’s Cabinet meeting was briefed on the outcome of the landmark visit by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Russia and his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials.
The Cabinet hailed the strength of relations between the two countries and the Kingdom’s desire to deepen its cooperation with Russia in all fields with the aim of serving the interests of the two friendly peoples and enhancing security and stability in the region.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.