Sino-Arab efforts to combat extremism are key: Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir holds talks with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Beijing. (SPA)
Updated 11 July 2018

Sino-Arab efforts to combat extremism are key: Saudi foreign minister

  • Al-Jubeir told the meeting in the Chinese capital that the Palestinian cause was a key Arab and Muslim issue that “we have not stopped and will not stop supporting.”

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir chaired the second session of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing.

Al-Jubeir told the meeting in the Chinese capital that the Palestinian cause was a key Arab and Muslim issue that “we have not stopped and will not stop supporting.”

He referred to the “Jerusalem summit” in Dhahran this year and the adoption of resolutions on the regional crises experienced by Arab countries in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Comoros.

Al-Jubeir said: “The Arab countries look forward to China’s role in supporting political solutions to these crises through the Security Council and taking into account the decisions of the Arab summit.”

“The Arab countries reaffirm their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China and its adherence to the one-China principle,” he said.

The minister stressed the importance of Sino-Arab efforts to combat extremism, terrorism and the phenomenon of hatred that had escalated around the world.

Al-Jubeir later met with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi  and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on the sidelines of the eighth ministerial meeting of the forum.

They discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, in addition to the topics on the agenda of the forum.

Later, during a lecture titled “The Arab World and China within the framework of a fast-changing international system” — at the Chinese Institute of International Relations — Aboul Gheit said that the Palestinian cause, terrorism and the growing interference of some regional parties in the internal affairs of Arab countries were the most important challenges facing the region.

Al-Jubeir, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Aboul Gheit, had earlier inaugurated the Arabic-Chinese Digital Library in the presence of Arab foreign ministers to deepen cooperation between Arab League and Chinese libraries.

Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Muammar, general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library, expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support.


Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 22 January 2020

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

HIGHLIGHT

The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.