Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 22 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference

RIYADH: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday reaffirmed the statement issued by the emergency meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo and their condemnation of all terror acts committed by Iran and its continued interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.
The Cabinet meeting, which was held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, also stressed that Iran should refrain from supporting groups that fuel sectarian conflicts, notably in the Arab Gulf states, and to stop funding militias and armed parties in the Arab countries.
The Cabinet also stressed the Kingdom’s continued stance at the UN on the Palestinian issue.
The Cabinet said the Kingdom will vote in support of a decision to allow the Palestinian people to keep their permanent sovereignty in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Eastern Al-Quds; to support the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan to exploit their natural resources; and to support the Palestinian people to regain their usurped lands and reject Israeli policies, which do not respect international laws and norms.
On other international issues, the Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom’s position on the UN framework agreement on climate change in its 23rd session in Bonn in its commitment in taking necessary measures to address climate change to achieve the objectives of sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
The Cabinet also strongly condemned the terror attack in Kabul, which resulted in many deaths and injuries, and expressed its support for the Afghan government and people against extremism and terrorism.
The Cabinet appreciated the remarkable progress in the performance of the state general budget for the third quarter of the fiscal year, which showed further improvement in revenues, efficiency in spending and a drop in the deficit, while keeping the required levels of services provided to citizens.
Later, the Cabinet approved a series of decisions:
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Saudi Ministry of Health and its counterpart in Jordan on health cooperation.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with the Sudanese side a draft MoU for cooperation in the area of water and irrigation.
The Cabinet approved a MoU signed between the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Industry for cooperation in the area of water desalination.
The Cabinet also approved the organizational structure of the Saudi Center of International Strategic Partnerships.


Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

Updated 22 October 2018
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Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.