Saudi cabinet underlines importance of confronting Iran

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Updated 23 September 2020

Saudi cabinet underlines importance of confronting Iran

  • Only by altering its destabilizing behavior can Tehran rejoin international community, ministers say

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reiterated the importance of confronting Iran over its destabilizing activities in the Middle East, and throughout the world, and its sponsorship of terrorism.

Only by agreeing to end such provocative behavior will the country be reintegrated into the international community and sanctions be lifted, ministers noted during a virtual meeting chaired by King Salman. Such an outcome would would greatly benefit the Iranian people, they added.

The cabinet said that any current or future nuclear agreement with Iran must include provisions that continue to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and contribute to efforts to rid the region of weapons of mass destruction.

Ministers also reviewed the latest developments in the region and internationally. These included a joint statement on Yemen that was issued on Sept. 17 by the foreign ministers of US, China, France, Russia, Germany, Kuwait, Sweden and the EU — following their meeting in connection with the 75th General Assembly of the UN — in which they expressed concern about an attack by Houthis on the Yemeni city of Ma’rib, which undermined UN-led efforts to find a political solution to the crisis.

In addition, acting Minister of Media Majid Al-Qasabi told SPA that ministers reviewed the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic, at local and international levels. These included statistics for cases in the Kingdom, which indicate that the number of infections continues to decline and that there has been a significant increase in recoveries, and the progress being made in global efforts to develop a vaccine.

The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s response to the persecution and suffering of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar. It noted the Saudi call during the 45th Session of the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva for the international community to urgently act to stop the violence, restore the rights of the Rohingya minority, intensify efforts to resolve this crisis, and create the conditions necessary for the safe return of those who have been displaced.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
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Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.