Saudi Cabinet backs crown prince’s ‘clear and firm stand’ of domestic and global issues

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 18 June 2019
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Saudi Cabinet backs crown prince’s ‘clear and firm stand’ of domestic and global issues

  • The Cabinet echoes King Salman’s emphasis on the importance of moderate Islam
  • Ministers condemn Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ acts of terror

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet met in Jeddah on Tuesday, chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace. 

Cabinet members reflected on an interview given by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and said his views conveyed a clear and firm stand of Saudi Arabia on multiple domestic, regional and international issues.

The Cabinet echoed King Salman’s emphasis on the importance of moderate Islam, and how it can overcome the risks posed by partisans and groups that divide the Islamic community through extremist ideas and acts of terrorism. 

The Cabinet welcomed the resolutions of the three summits in Makkah and their support and solidarity with the Kingdom and unlimited support for all measures being taken to protect its national security and oil supplies. 

 

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King Salman also received the Makkah Declaration issued by the International Conference on Values of Moderation, organized by the Muslim World League, and approved by 1,200 figures from 139 countries, representing different schools of thought.

According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah mentioned the success of the three summits spent drafting the document, and the content of the final statement of the Makkah Declaration, including its position on various issues of interest to the Arab and Islamic worlds.

The Cabinet condemned Houthi militias, backed by Iran, for targeting civilians in an attack on Abha’s international airport. It also decried the attack on Khamis Mushayt.

Saudi Arabia renewed its condemnation of all acts of hostility and terrorism that threaten the freedom of navigation and security of oil supplies and environmental safety, including the terrorist attack against two carriers in the Gulf of Oman, calling on the international community to take firm action to secure the area’s shipping.

The Cabinet agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Kingdom and Japan for cooperation on the environment. It also discussed MoUs between the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the South Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy for cooperation in the automotive sector and the hydrogen economy.


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.