RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has been briefed by King Salman on the results of his talks with Swiss President Ueli Maurer. Opportunities for cooperation between the Kingdom and Switzerland were reviewed as well as ways of enhancing and developing relations between the two countries.
King Salman also briefed the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace on the results of his meetings with King Abdullah of Jordan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reviewing cooperation with the Kingdom and regional and international developments.
The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the patronage by King Salman of the third Future Investment Initiative 2019.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said that the Cabinet reviewed the National Competitiveness Center report containing the results of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, which ranked the Kingdom first in the world in the number of reforms achieved and the most progress made among the (190) countries measured.
The Cabinet appreciated the role of government agencies involved in the implementation of economic reforms as well as the contribution of the private sector, which enhances the ability of the Kingdom to be among the most competitive countries in the world.
The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s appreciation of the US administration’s efforts in eliminating Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, stressing the Kingdom’s continued efforts with its allies, led by the US, to combat terrorism.
He pointed to the announcement of the Arab Coalition Forces Command repositioning the coalition forces in Aden, to be led by Saudi Arabia. The move was within the framework of the Kingdom’s efforts to coordinate military and security operations in Yemen, and to enhance humanitarian and relief efforts and achieve security and stability there.
The Cabinet also welcomed the agreement reached between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to resume the work of the Technical Committee on the Renaissance Dam, to reach a final vision on the rules of filling and operating the dam, ensuring the interests of all parties and achieving sustainable development.
It also referred to the final resolutions of the Arab ministers responsible for environment, in its 31st session in Cairo, calling on Arab and regional organizations to continue exposing the systematic sabotage of the Arab environment in the occupied territories by the Israeli occupying forces and the need to mobilize international and Arab support for Arab causes.
The Cabinet also commended the efforts of the Arab Atomic Energy Agency in studying the potential effects of border and transboundary reactors on the Arab region and its environment, in particular the Israeli Dimona and Iranian Bushehr reactors, and follow up the monitoring of radioactive contamination in the Arab regions bordering Israel.
The Cabinet approved the Arab protocol to prevent and combat human trafficking and its protocol for prevention and combating maritime piracy and armed robbery, supplementing and completing the Arab convention against transnational organized crime. A royal decree was prepared in this regard.