King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 14 February 2018
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King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Cabinet also praised the king’s comment that respect for the diversity and specialty of each culture was a key to peaceful coexistence between nations.
At the local level, the Cabinet expressed thanks to King Salman for his support for provision of desalinated water from mobile stations to meet the growing demand for desalinated water in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet praised the Saline Water Conversion Corp., which raised production of desalinated water in the past two years from 3.5 to 5 million cubic meters per day without an increase in capital costs.
At a regional level, the Cabinet condemned the Assad regime’s continued bombing of the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta in Syria and its use of chemical weapons. The step represents a flagrant violation of international law and ignores global efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, the Cabinet said.
The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s condolences to the Russian government and people following the crash of a civilian aircraft which claimed the lives of more than 70 passengers.
Later, the Cabinet approved two agreements to protect environmental and air services between the Kingdom and Jordan and Mauritius, respectively.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.