Saudi Cabinet slams terror attacks

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2019

Saudi Cabinet slams terror attacks

  • Saudi Arabia backs US steps to curb Iran’s support of terrorism

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet chaired by King Salman on Tuesday strongly condemned terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of innocent people in four countries.

The Cabinet highlighted attacks in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Somalia and Afghanistan, and said the Kingdom stands in solidarity with all countries against violence, terrorism and extremism. The attacks are a threat to international security and stability, the Cabinet added.

Cabinet members expressed their appreciation to Saudi security forces for thwarting an attack on the Interior Ministry building in the city of Zulfi on Sunday, and arresting all suspects.

Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet is watching oil markets following the recent US refusal to extend waivers on Iranian oil exports. The Cabinet also expressed its support for US steps to curb Iran’s support of terrorism.

The Cabinet also reiterated the Kingdom’s well-established policy through which it seeks to stabilize the global oil market in the larger interests of oil producers and consumers and to ensure the growth and stability of the world economy.

The ministers also discussed the statement issued at the conclusion of the Arab League’s extraordinary session held in Cairo to deliberate upon the recent developments in the Palestinian territories.

The Cabinet praised Saudi Arabia and the UAE for offering $3 billion in aid to Sudan, including a $500 million deposit in the Central Bank.


MoU signed to raise efficiency at King Fahd Causeway

The King Fahad Causeway has enjoyed a steady growth in passenger and cargo movement, with the annual increase in passenger numbers estimated at 7 percent over recent years. (SPA)
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MoU signed to raise efficiency at King Fahd Causeway

  • The MoU with Mashroat reflects the importance of the causeway between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as a vital infrastructure link enhancing the economy and population movements in the region

RIYADH: The National Program to Support the Management of Projects in Public Entities (Mashroat) and the King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to raise the efficiency of KFCA’s facility and asset management as well as its overall operation and maintenance practices as it embarks on ambitious plans to build a second causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Based on the joint agreement, Mashroat will support KFCA to introduce an advanced and effective corporate model in accordance with international best practices to enhance efficiency and transparency in its facility and asset management.
The MoU includes technical support to be provided by Mashroat to improve KFCA’s operation and maintenance portfolio. This will cover bridges, columns, administrative and investment buildings, backup power plants and water treatment plants at the new causeway.
Mashroat is the government arm enabling infrastructure projects. It provides consultancy and technical support to government agencies in project management, operations and maintenance in order to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the national infrastructure, as well as ensuring the projects are in line with global best practices and meet the aspirations of Vision 2030. AN Riyadh
The MoU with Mashroat reflects the importance of the causeway between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as a vital infrastructure link enhancing the economy and population movements in the region.
To cope with increasing demand, a parallel 25 km bridge with additional lanes for vehicles, trucks and two railway tracks is planned and KFCA has already signed contracts with a number of international companies to move into the transitional phase.
Director general of Mashroat Ahmed Al-Balawi said: “We are delighted to have signed an MoU with KFCA as they embark on construction plans for a second much-needed transport connection between the Kingdom and Bahrain. Our role will be to help them benefit from global standards and enhance the facility and asset management operation.
“Our partnerships represent positive progress toward achieving facility management at an international level and raising the overall efficiency and sustainability of major infrastructure projects.”
KFCA CEO Emad Almohaisen said: “We welcome this new partnership with Mashroat to ensure the highest international standards are met during construction. We will benefit from Mashroat’s experience in raising efficiency in facility and asset management and across our operation and maintenance portfolio.
“Mashroat will also help us standardize procedures and processes to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and governance in our corporate management, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.”
The King Fahad Causeway has enjoyed a steady growth in passenger and cargo movement, with the annual increase in passenger numbers estimated at 7 percent over recent years, which has led to plans for a second transport link.