Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife. (SPA)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

  • The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries
  • MoUs with different countries OK’d

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday approved the recommendations made by the Council of Economic Affairs and Development to approve the National Culture Strategy.
The strategy will include a range of policies and initiatives, as well as a summary of the Culture Ministry’s previous efforts to develop the cultural sector and make it an important contributor to the national economy.
The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, also approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Saudi General Audit Bureau and the US Government Accountability Office.
The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries.
It also approved an MoU on cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Kingdom and South Korea.
The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection and the Saudi Wildlife Authority will be abolished, but they will continue to exercise their duties until the aforementioned centers are fully established.
The Cabinet addressed economic and cultural activities that took place during the week, including the launch of four major projects in Riyadh at a total cost of SR86 billion ($23 billion).
It commended efforts in relation to the projects, which are expected to create 70,000 new jobs for Saudis in various sectors.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 21 April 2019
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh, Al-Arabiya TV said.

Videos circulating on social media show the dead armed with machine guns, bombs and Molotov cocktails.

The suspects who were on board a car tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security and prevented the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

It said the attackers had rammed a vehicle into a security barrier around the base in an attempt to gain entry.

Two gunmen died after opening fire on police, who killed them, one was killed as he attempted to flee, while the fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported.