Saudi Cabinet commends information agreement with France

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 10 July 2018
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Saudi Cabinet commends information agreement with France

  • At the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman gave a briefing on the phone call he received from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday commended an agreement to protect classified information between the Kingdom and France, signed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.

At the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman gave a briefing on the phone call he received from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

The king also briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his meetings with Parly and British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his visits to Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and the Maldives, during which international developments and ways to enhance bilateral ties were discussed.

The Cabinet reviewed reports on the latest Arab, regional and international developments. It welcomed the convening of an international conference of Muslim scholars on peace and stability in Afghanistan, hosted by the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia , as the top donor country to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen in 2018, demonstrates its desire to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, the Cabinet said. It condemned recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia and Somalia, offering condolences to the families of the victims, and to the governments and peoples of both countries. 

The Cabinet wished the wounded a speedy recovery, and reiterated the Kingdom’s solidarity with both countries against terrorism and extremism in all their forms.

It also expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the recent train crash in Turkey, and to the country’s government and people. 

The Cabinet expressed similar sentiments regarding floods and landslides that have swept many parts of Japan, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.


Third annual Misk Global Forum launches with its youngest event yet

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Third annual Misk Global Forum launches with its youngest event yet

RIYADH: The third annual Misk Global Forum opened Wednesday in Riyadh, with opening remarks by the forum’s executive manager, Shaima Hamidaddin.

The two-day event brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together to discuss the future, the challenges it holds and change.

“What does the future look like, in a world where everything is changing?” So began the opening video montage at the third annual Misk Global Forum on Wednesday, with the theme “Skills for Our Tomorrow.”

“We want you to be inspired, not just by our speakers, but by your fellow guests,” said Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s executive manager, in her opening remarks, inviting delegates to a series of skills garages and majlises. She was introduced by Waem Al-Dakheel, the first woman to anchor the main evening news on Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcast Authority.

Hamidaddin asked for a show of hands from different parts of the world, showing that there were delegates from every continent except Antarctica (and she said the forum would work on that for next year). She then asked for a show of hands for those under the age of 35, pointing out that this is the youngest Misk Global Forum yet, with youth and women on every panel.

Hamidaddin pointed out that through technology, we are already more globally connected than ever before, but urged people to collaborate and interact with the speakers and guests from different cultures at the forum. “We must seize the opportunity for uniquely human collaboration,” she said.