Saudi Cabinet lauds relations between Kingdom and the US

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 21 March 2018
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Saudi Cabinet lauds relations between Kingdom and the US

RIYADH: The Cabinet looked forward when it met on Tuesday to the results of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s current official visit to the US and his talks with President Donald Trump and senior officials of the US government.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace, the Cabinet lauded the depth of relations between the two friendly countries and their keenness on finding ways to consolidate the ties.
It was also briefed on the results of the official visit paid by Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines and his discussions with senior officials there on bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on current events and developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas. It welcomed the presidential statement issued by the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen, which included a strong condemnation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias targeting the Kingdom with ballistic missiles and their deliberate targeting of civilian areas. The statement also praised the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operation, which was announced by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Cabinet affirmed that the statement reflected the UN’s commitment to solve the conflict in Yemen through political means in accordance with the GCC Initiative, the outputs of the national dialogue and the relevant Security Council resolutions.
It reiterated the Kingdom’s commendation of efforts by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria in issuing a report documenting the serious violations of human rights there. And it reaffirmed the Kingdom’s steadfast stand with international efforts to resolve the crisis in accordance with the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254.
The Cabinet also congratulated President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russia on their re-election for new presidential terms, wishing both presidents and their countries steady progress and prosperity.
Locally, the Cabinet praised the opening of Riyadh International Book Fair under the theme “The book is future of transformation,” which embodies the Kingdom’s constant support for culture and intellectuals, and its keenness on the importance of coping with the Saudi Vision 2030.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.