Saudi Cabinet demands end to Syrian regime’s violence

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 28 February 2018
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Saudi Cabinet demands end to Syrian regime’s violence

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s deep concern over the Syrian regime’s continuing escalation of attacks on Eastern Ghouta and their impact on civilians, stressing that the regime must cease violence and allow access of humanitarian and relief assistance.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, the Cabinet said the Syrian regime must take seriously the track of the political solution to the Syrian crisis according to agreed principles represented in the Geneva Declaration and UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
The Cabinet has thanked the king for patronizing the opening ceremony of the Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum and inaugurating a Saudi aid platform, the first one in a region of this size, to present the Kingdom’s relief, humanitarian and developmental contributions.
The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to the king for his royal order approving the Ministry of Defense’s development program, as well as the royal order establishing the High Commission for Asir Region Development.
The king wished success to officials appointed by royal orders on Monday in serving their homeland and citizens, and he appreciated the officials who have performed their missions and responsibilities during their terms.
The Cabinet also echoed the Kingdom’s emphasis at the Ambassadors’ meeting of the Group of 77 and China in New York, USA, on the importance of serious cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals and their effectiveness in UN reforms. The Kingdom has provided nearly $125 million over the past three years through the UN, meeting its call to continue supporting relief funds, especially in fighting poverty.
The Kingdom’s statement at the international conference of the Countries of Africa’s Sahel Region, held in Brussels, was also referred to, particularly its efforts to combat extremism and terrorism. The Cabinet cited its 100 million euros’ worth of support for the joint force to combat terrorism in the region, as well as its humanitarian aid to refugees through the Riyadh-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), and the developmental support to these countries through the Saudi Fund for Development.
Also praised were the contents of the “Jeddah Declaration” issued at the fourth session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference of Ministers of Labor with the participation of 56 Islamic countries, and regional and international organizations.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s condemnation of the terrorist bombing of two cars in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and the attacks in Kabul and Farah Province in Afghanistan, expressing condolences to the victims’ families and wishing the wounded and injured a speedy recovery.


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.