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 Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

  • The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement
  • The king wished the two countries further security, prosperity and stability

JEDDAH: King Salman chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday.

The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement.

King Salman expressed his congratulations to the two countries and said that he hoped the signing of the agreement would be a strong basis for closer cooperation and friendship, achieving security and stability, and would positively affect the security and stability of the region.

The king also congratulated Djibouti and Eritrea on their historic meeting in Jeddah — which came in response to his invitation — wishing the two countries further security, prosperity and stability.

The Cabinet praised the efforts of the two countries’ leaders to restore relations between them to establish a new stage that would witness a great development in relations and further cooperation.

The Cabinet congratulated the king and crown prince on the success of these efforts, which resulted in the signing of the Jeddah Peace Agreement and also the historic meeting between Djibouti and Eritrea after ten years of severed relations. 

The Cabinet praised the resolutions of the 150th ordinary session of the Arab League’s Council at the level of foreign ministers held in Cairo, and the statement issued by the Arab Quartet Ministerial Committee held on the sidelines of the 150th session of the Arab League’s Council, on the follow-up of the crisis with Iran and ways to address its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

The Cabinet highlighted the terrorism practiced by Iran through its interference in Arab affairs, which needs cooperation to confront and deter, reiterating that the Kingdom has made efforts to combat terrorism and has not hesitated to provide support with the cooperation of the international community to address this.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of the suicide bombings north of Tikrit in Iraq, the Somali capital of Mogadishu and Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, expressing condolences to the families of the victims, the governments and peoples of Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.