Saudi Arabia reiterates support for Palestinians

The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 11 September 2019

Saudi Arabia reiterates support for Palestinians

  • Continued backing for Yemeni govt emphasized

The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reiterated Riyadh’s support for Palestinian people and welcomed the speech by the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, at the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
In his speech, Al-Mouallimi reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for Palestinians’ legitimate rights to build their independent state along the lines of the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, also commended the joint Saudi-UAE statement affirming their continued support to the legitimate Yemeni government.
The ministers also welcomed the response of the Yemeni government and the Transitional Council to the Kingdom’s call for dialogue stressing the need to maintain this positive atmosphere and renounce division.
The Cabinet also emphasized the Saudi-UAE’s support to preserve components of the Yemeni state and efforts to thwart Iran’s nefarious designs, defeat the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and terrorist outfits in Yemen.
The Cabinet welcomed the formation of the transitional government in Sudan, considering it an affirmation of the will of the people and their keenness to preserve the security, safety and stability of the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet condemned terror attack in Kabul.

• The ministers welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s consultation report praising the tangible progress being made by Saudi Arabia.

• The Cabinet authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture to discuss with the Chinese government desalination projects.

The Cabinet condemned the suicide attack that targeted a residential compound and a checkpoint in Kabul, and offered condolences to the victims’ families, renewing the Kingdom’s stand and solidarity with Afghanistan against violence and extremism.
It also commended economic indicators contained in the 55th annual report of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, which reviewed economic and financial developments during 2018, stressing that the positive developments in the Saudi economy were the result of the Kingdom’s balanced economic policies.
The Cabinet welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s consultation report praising the tangible progress being made by Saudi Arabia to support economic diversification, inclusive growth, job creation and continued implementation of reforms aimed at strengthening its legal framework and improving the business climate through the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030.
Furthermore, the Cabinet authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture to discuss with the Chinese government a draft memorandum of understanding between the Saline Water Conversion Corp. and research institutes in China in the field of seawater desalination.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah