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.


Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of the implementation of the UN Vision 2030

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Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of the implementation of the UN Vision 2030

  • Saudi Arabia affirms the importance of preserving natural resources and putting great attention to environmental issues
  • Saudi Arabia is keen to preserve and protect them and ensure that they are not affected by the urban and industrial renaissance in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the United Nations said that the Kingdom puts great importance to the implementation of the UN Vision 2030’s goals encompassing the economic, social and environmental fronts.

This was stated in the speech delivered by the First Secretary Bandar Al-Nahdi during the general debate on Agenda 21, a UN action plan on sustainable development, at the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Al-Nahdi said that Saudi Arabia affirms the importance of preserving natural resources and putting great attention to environmental issues.

It is keen to preserve and protect them and ensure that they are not affected by the urban and industrial renaissance in the Kingdom, he said in his speech.

“Saudi Arabia believes that the preservation and development of the environment lie in finding new modern technologies, reducing pollution, fighting desertification and optimizing the use of water resources (both treated and renewable water),” Al-Nahdi said. “The plan also includes a complete protection of shores, reserves and islands, in a way that everyone would have access to them.”

He pointed out that King Salman has issued a royal order to establish the Royal Protected Areas Council under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. The council will have authority over six reserves in the Kingdom, and would be made accessible to citizens and residents without walls or barriers.

Al-Nahdi said that the Kingdom also supports international efforts to combat desertification.

He added that the Kingdom has launched two initiatives for the sustainable development of forests and rangeland, and organized investments in these areas, to fight desertification through planting 4 million trees and providing 6 million plantlets. It also rehabilitated 60,000 hectares of agricultural land and pastures. Meanwhile, over the next four years more than 100 sites and 24 national parks will be developed.

Al-Nahdi also referred to the report of the UN Secretary-General – “Oil slick on the Lebanese shores” – and said that Saudi Arabia shared the concern of the UN as Israel continued to ignore all international resolutions urging it to take responsibility for the environmental catastrophe caused when its military forces targeted oil storage tanks in the Lebanese shores.

“This has engendered a devastating environmental impact. It is not surprising to see this coming from a state that always disregards all international laws, decisions and treaties, and continues to occupy the land of Palestine and the Arab Golan,” he said.

Al-Nahdi stressed that the Kingdom was always keen on cooperating with international organizations and countries that believed in collective work to achieve the best.

He said that Saudi Arabia would also support efforts to protect and preserve the environment, including risk-reduction measures for natural disasters that threaten our world.