Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 22 November 2017

Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference

RIYADH: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday reaffirmed the statement issued by the emergency meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo and their condemnation of all terror acts committed by Iran and its continued interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.
The Cabinet meeting, which was held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, also stressed that Iran should refrain from supporting groups that fuel sectarian conflicts, notably in the Arab Gulf states, and to stop funding militias and armed parties in the Arab countries.
The Cabinet also stressed the Kingdom’s continued stance at the UN on the Palestinian issue.
The Cabinet said the Kingdom will vote in support of a decision to allow the Palestinian people to keep their permanent sovereignty in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Eastern Al-Quds; to support the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan to exploit their natural resources; and to support the Palestinian people to regain their usurped lands and reject Israeli policies, which do not respect international laws and norms.
On other international issues, the Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom’s position on the UN framework agreement on climate change in its 23rd session in Bonn in its commitment in taking necessary measures to address climate change to achieve the objectives of sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
The Cabinet also strongly condemned the terror attack in Kabul, which resulted in many deaths and injuries, and expressed its support for the Afghan government and people against extremism and terrorism.
The Cabinet appreciated the remarkable progress in the performance of the state general budget for the third quarter of the fiscal year, which showed further improvement in revenues, efficiency in spending and a drop in the deficit, while keeping the required levels of services provided to citizens.
Later, the Cabinet approved a series of decisions:
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Saudi Ministry of Health and its counterpart in Jordan on health cooperation.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture, or whomever he authorizes, to discuss with the Sudanese side a draft MoU for cooperation in the area of water and irrigation.
The Cabinet approved a MoU signed between the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Industry for cooperation in the area of water desalination.
The Cabinet also approved the organizational structure of the Saudi Center of International Strategic Partnerships.

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

Updated 20 February 2020

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability. 

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting