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.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.