Saudi Cabinet slams Houthi missile attack near Makkah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 01 November 2016
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Saudi Cabinet slams Houthi missile attack near Makkah

RIYADH: The Cabinet on Monday condemned Thursday’s Houthi ballistic missile attack that emanated from Saada, Yemen.
The missile was intercepted and downed by Saudi air defense forces before it could reach its target and cause harm.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace.
The Cabinet noted that the attack that targeted the Grand Mosque and the House of God has deeply hurt Muslims.
The Cabinet highlighted the condemnation of the strike by Islamic, Arab and friendly Muslim countries and organizations, ulema and ordinary Muslims who voiced support for the Kingdom in its defense of the two holy mosques.
The Cabinet lauded the heroic efforts of the Saudi security forces in different military sectors to protect the Kingdom’s borders and preserve its security.
The Cabinet condemned the deadly terror attack that hit the police academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta and the explosion that targeted a hotel in the Kenyan city of Mandera, killing and injuring scores of people.
The Cabinet lauded the participation of the Saudi security forces in the first joint Arabian Gulf security drill of the GCC member countries hosted by Bahrain.
The Cabinet praised the efforts exerted by the security authorities in combating terrorist activities
At the outset of the meeting, the king briefed the Cabinet on the contents of the telephone conversation he had with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, the outcome of his meetings with President Omar Bashir of Sudan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan; the vice president of Argentina; director general of the International Monetary Fund; US secretary of treasury, heads of auditing and accountancy bureaus of the GCC member states; the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy; the chief negotiations coordinator of the higher commission for the Syrian opposition; and the vice president of the European Commission.
The Cabinet lauded the contents of the speech delivered by the king at a function held by the Saudi Standards and Quality Authority in honor of businesses, which have won the King Abdul Aziz Prize for Quality. In his speech, the monarch confirmed the historic change witnessed by the Kingdom through its Vision 2030 including programs and initiatives for national transformation to build a strong and globally competitive economy.
In a statement to SPA, Isam bin Saad bin Saeed, acting minister of culture and information, said the Cabinet also highlighted the Saudi strategy to confront economic and financial challenges at local and international levels despite the fall in oil prices.
It also stressed the Kingdom’s ability to manage the public budget, stabilize its reserves and reduce its debt, citing the strength of Saudi banks.
It emphasized the necessary measures being taken to enable the Kingdom to adapt to the current challenges successfully.
The Cabinet was briefed on the discussion at the first joint meeting of the GCC finance ministers and the US treasury secretary as well as the contents of the joint annual meeting of the finance ministers and governors of monetary funds and GCC central banks, held with the IMF director general.
The Cabinet welcomed Saudi Arabia’s election for the fourth time in a row as a member of the Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly for the term 2017-2019.
It reflects the renowned international status enjoyed by the Kingdom and its achievements in the field of consolidating the principles of justice and equality and protection and enhancement of human rights.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion before the Second Committee during its 71st session on the UN’s Article 65 that the Palestinian cause tops its priorities, hoping that the struggle would end with a peace agreement that offers security and normal ties among all regional countries.
The Cabinet underlined the Kingdom’s support for the rights of the Palestinian people in their occupied land since 1967, including Al-Quds, and the need to put pressure on Israel to stop all violations of international laws and charters, and to abide by the relevant UN resolutions.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief to highlight key issues at UN assembly 

Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen. (SPA)
Updated 10 min 2 sec ago

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief to highlight key issues at UN assembly 

  • The OIC General Secretariat will discuss the situation of Muslims in Europe

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, is heading a high-level OIC delegation to New York to participate in the higher segment of the UN General Assembly’s deliberations at its 74th Session on Monday.
Al-Othaimeen will hold bilateral talks with a number of heads of state and foreign ministers of OIC member on the periphery of proceedings, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
From Sept. 23 to 27, the OIC General Secretariat will hold a number of events and meetings at the general assembly’s annual gathering, to discuss the challenges facing the Muslim world. Key among these events will be the annual coordination meeting of the OIC ministers of foreign affairs.
Highest on the agenda will be the current situation in Palestine and Jerusalem, along with Jammu and Kashmir, the Rohingya minority, Armenia’s aggression towards Azerbaijan, further issues in Sierra Leone, Mali and the Sahel and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The OIC General Secretariat will also discuss the situation of Muslims in Europe.
These OIC meetings will also address issues relevant to youth, the family, humanitarian affairs and human rights.