Saudi Arabia wants Israeli forces to be held accountable

The ministers highlighted the recommendations of the Arab health ministers council meeting that was held in Cairo. (SPA)
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Updated 03 March 2020

Saudi Arabia wants Israeli forces to be held accountable

  • Riyadh reiterates support to UN initiatives for peace

RIYADH: The Cabinet on Tuesday called on the international community to ensure the protection of the Palestinian people against Israeli atrocities.

The weekly session, chaired by King Salman in Riyadh, stressed the need for Israel to respect international laws and implement relevant international resolutions.
Reiterating Saudi Arabia’s support for the Palestinian cause, the Cabinet demanded the Israeli forces be held accountable for its actions against the Palestinians.
The Cabinet highlighted the Kingdom’s hosting of the second Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum, which underlined the Kingdom’s pioneering role in providing relief to people affected by wars and disasters throughout the world.
The ministers expressed the Kingdom’s keenness to establish international peace and security through programs and initiatives supported by the UN and the international community.
Following the meeting, acting Media Minister Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed told SPA that the Cabinet also discussed the Kingdom’s investment in developing new technologies for clean energy solutions.
The ministers also discussed the steps taken to protect the health of Umrah pilgrims, tourists, and citizens and residents.
The Cabinet lauded the efforts exerted by the Health Ministry, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, General Authority of Civil Aviation and other government agencies, aimed at combating the virus.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet discussed investment in developing new technologies for clean energy.

• The ministers approved a security cooperation agreement with India and a memorandum of understanding with New Delhi to combat drug smuggling.

• Steps to fight and contain coronavirus also highlighted.

The ministers highlighted the recommendations of the Arab health ministers council meeting that was held in Cairo. The ministers stressed the need for cooperation among Arab countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They also called for adhering to the World Health Organization's measures to counter the virus.
King Salman also briefed the cabinet on the meetings he held in Riyadh last week with President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Ghazouani and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
The Cabinet also appreciated last week’s Royal Decrees that called for the merging and creation of various ministries. The ministers stressed that the move is part of the reform and changes aimed at developing the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030 and meeting the people’s aspirations.
The ministers approved a security cooperation agreement with India and a memorandum of understanding with New Delhi to combat drug smuggling.


Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

Updated 18 September 2020

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

  • The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete

LONDON: Work on the longest desalinated water pipeline tunnel system in the world has been completed, project coordinators in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday.

The tunnel, which measures 12.5 kilometers long at a width of 8.4 meters, will pump desalinated water to reservoirs in Taif to meet the demand for water in the governorate and in its villages in the southern Al-Baha region.

The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete — starting with excavation work at Al-Hada mountains — and has shortened the distance of water reaching Taif by more than 40km.

Makkah region officials tweeted about the completion of the project, which was completed ahead of schedule.

SWCC said it was ready to receive water in its storage units in Taif and estimate that desalinated water will begin reaching Al-Baha region in the third quarter of 2021.