Saudi Cabinet discuss coronavirus measures, global oil stability

King Salman chaired the session. (SPA)
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Updated 22 April 2020

Saudi Cabinet discuss coronavirus measures, global oil stability

The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday reviewed reports about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and the measures taken in the Kingdom to check the spread of the virus.

Acting Media Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi told the Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet discussed the Kingdom’s keenness to achieve stability in the global oil market.

The ministers approved a framework agreement for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy between the Kingdom and the UAE.

The Cabinet also approved a guiding form for a cooperation agreement between the Kingdom and countries benefiting from the “Makkah Road” initiative and authorized the interior minister or his deputy to negotiate with authorities in those countries to finalize a draft agreement vis-a-vis the arrival of Haj and Umrah pilgrims.

The ministers also approved an agreement with Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corp. for the establishment of the corporation’s branch office.

The Cabinet authorized the minister of Islamic affairs to discuss with his Nigerian counterpart a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in the field of Islamic affairs.

The ministers also approved an MoU with Singapore to increase cooperation in the field of environmental protection and management of water resources.

The Cabinet also decided that the Ministry of Economy and Planning shall be responsible for the Kingdom’s participation in the World Economic Forum held in Davos annually. It will manage the participation in coordination with the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships and other relevant authorities.


Saudi Arabia: Requests from 160 nationalities have been screened to select Hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia: Requests from 160 nationalities have been screened to select Hajj pilgrims

  • Of the pilgrims who will receive approval, 70 percent will be non-Saudis and 30 percent will be Saudi citizens
  • The requests were sorted in accordance with high standards that will ensure the safety and health of pilgrims

RIYADH: Requests from people of 160 nationalities in the Kingdom have been screened electronically to select who will perform Hajj this year, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Sunday.

The requests were sorted in accordance with high standards that will ensure the safety and good health of pilgrims.

The deadline for all applications was July 10 and the main criterion for selection is good health.

Of the pilgrims who will receive approval, 70 percent will be non-Saudis residing in the Kingdom and the remaining 30 percent will be Saudi citizens.