Cabinet briefed on global condemnation of Houthi attempts to target Riyadh

Updated 03 January 2018
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Cabinet briefed on global condemnation of Houthi attempts to target Riyadh

RIYADH: King Salman on Tuesday briefed the Cabinet on condemnation by the leaders of the US, Russia, the UK and France of Houthi attempts to target Riyadh with ballistic missiles.
Chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, he said they also expressed appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts against terrorism and extremism, and its support for humanitarian and relief work.
The leaders stressed the need to alert the international community over Iran’s destructive regional role, the king added.
At the regional and global levels, the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of terrorist acts in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the terror attack on a church in Helwan, Egypt. The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s stance with these countries against all terrorist acts.
The Cabinet approved two memoranda of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in health care and air transport with Japan and Cameroon, respectively.
It also authorized the health minister, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss a draft MoU with the Philippines for cooperation in the health sector.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.