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.


Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.