Saudi crown prince chairs development council meeting

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs the Council of Economic and Development Affairs meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 23 May 2018

Saudi crown prince chairs development council meeting

  • The council reviewed a number of items including performance of the general budget for the first quarter of this year
  • The crown prince also attended a Saudi Cabinet session in which King Salman briefed the government on his phone call with Abbas

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

The council, of which he is chairman, reviewed a number of economic and developmental issues, including a report and presentation by the Finance Ministry on the performance of the general budget for the first quarter of this year.

The council also discussed a presentation by the Ministry of Economy and Planning on the state of the national and international economies during the first quarter of this year. 

Meanwhile, the crown prince was reassured of the health of Mahmoud Abbas after calling the Palestinian president, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday. Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week.

The crown prince attended a Saudi Cabinet session in which King Salman briefed the government on his phone call with Abbas.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.