Saudi Arabia’s support for Yemeni people ‘will help them to cope with economic burdens’

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s support for Yemeni people ‘will help them to cope with economic burdens’

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has lauded King Salman’s directives to deposit $2 billion in the Yemeni Central Bank, bringing total Saudi deposits in the account to $3 billion.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, the Cabinet said this step comes as an extension of the Kingdom’s support for the Yemeni people. It will alleviate their sufferings and help them to cope with economic burdens caused by the crimes of the Iranian-backed Houthi militias that have plundered the country and its revenues.
In addition, the Cabinet welcomed the comprehensive humanitarian aid plan announced by the meeting of the Arab coalition supporting the legitimacy in Yemen, recently held in Riyadh, that included the contribution of $1.5 billion by coalition member countries. This constitutes more than 50 percent of the humanitarian aid program to Yemen announced by the UN for the current year.
The Cabinet also praised the decision of the foreign ministers of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at their emergency meeting in Jeddah, where strong condemnation was made of Houthi militias for launching Iran-made ballistic missiles toward Riyadh on Dec. 19, 2017.
The OIC ministers considered that an attack on the Kingdom and proof of the Houthis’ refusal to comply with the decisions of the international community. The Cabinet appreciated the OIC ministers’ support for the Kingdom in the face of terrorism and their solidarity with the Kingdom in steps taken to preserve its security and stability and call for a collective stance against this aggressive attack.
The Cabinet, further, praised their condemnation of Iran for its interference in the internal affairs of countries of the region and its violation of the OIC foreign ministers’ decision in Makkah in Nov. 2016 and relevant Security Council resolutions calling on Iran to stop policies conducive to fueling sectarian disputes and abstain from supporting and funding terror groups.
On terrorism, the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of a terror attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, and renewed the Kingdom’s standing with sisterly and friendly countries against all acts of terrorism and extremism.
Later, the Cabinet approved two memos of understanding for cooperation in the area of health between the Kingdom and Indonesia and the United Kingdom, respectively. The Cabinet also authorized the minister of finance to discuss and sign a draft agreement between the Kingdom and the UAE to avoid double taxation and evasion. It also approved the national strategy on water.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.