Saudi Cabinet renews call for Middle East free from nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers held its weekly meeting, chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers held its weekly meeting, chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM. (SPA)
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Updated 13 October 2021

Saudi Cabinet renews call for Middle East free from nuclear weapons

Saudi Cabinet renews call for Middle East free from nuclear weapons
  • Ministers were briefed on the outcomes of the 7th G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit and the 76th session of the UN General Assembly
  • The Cabinet hailed the Kingdom’s election to chair four associations of the World Intellectual Property Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reiterated its call for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, the Cabinet said on Tuesday.
It also affirmed the Kingdom’s statement at the meetings of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of the great attention it attaches to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the importance of its objectives, and its role in strengthening international peace and security.
The comments were made in a statement issued by Acting Minister of Media Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, following a weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM.
At the beginning of the session, the Cabinet was briefed on talks conducted with a number of countries during the past few days. They were also briefed on the content of a letter sent by King Salman to Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara earlier on Tuesday.
The Cabinet addressed the influential role played by the Kingdom in international forums, through the UN, various international organizations, and the G20, to achieve greater security, peace, stability and development.
Ministers were also briefed on the outcomes of the 7th G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit, which was held in the Italian capital, Rome, and addressed the results of the Kingdom’s participation in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, and its commitment to joint cooperation, supporting humanitarian and development efforts, enhancing the stability and balance of global oil markets, and contributing to achieving global targets to combat climate change through qualitative initiatives, most notably the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives and the Circular Carbon Economy.
The Cabinet hailed the Kingdom’s election to chair four associations of the World Intellectual Property Organization as a new success added to its record of achievements in this field.
Bin Saeed said the ministers also reviewed regional and international developments, including the Arab coalition’s efforts to support the internationally-recognized government in Yemen, and “the necessary measures it implements to deal with terrorist acts, and (the) futile attempts of the Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom, and threaten shipping lines and international trade in the Bab Al-Mandab strait and the southern Red Sea.”
The Cabinet said the National Investment Strategy, which was launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday, was one of the main enablers to achieving the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. It includes developing investment opportunities in promising economic sectors, improving the Kingdom’s business environment, enhancing its attractiveness and competitiveness, and increasing the effectiveness of partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Finally, the energy minister was authorized to sign a draft agreement with the UK in the field of energy, and the finance minister and chairman of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority was authorized to sign a draft agreement with Bangladesh on cooperation and mutual assistance on customs issues.


Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid

Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid

Saudi authorities foil port drug-smuggling bid

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle 5,246,000 amphetamine tablets through Jeddah’s Islamic Port.

Maj. Raed Al-Najidi, spokesperson for the Saudi General Directorate of Narcotics Control, said the pills had been hidden inside crates of grapes intended for distribution throughout the Kingdom.

A Syrian and two Jordanians were arrested in connection with the incident.

The drugs seizure was carried out as part of a coordinated operation between the directorate and the Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority.

Saudi border patrols in Jazan, Najran, and Asir recently thwarted attempts to sneak more than one ton of cannabis and 66 tons of qat into the Kingdom.

And in May, Saudi authorities foiled a plot to smuggle almost 1,000 kilograms of hashish into the country through its southern borders. Twenty-four people — 18 Ethiopians, four Yemenis, and two Saudis — were arrested.


Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East

Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East

Saudi and British foreign ministers discuss security in the Middle East
  • They reviewed the strong and historical bilateral relations, and opportunities to strengthen them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan made a phone call on Tuesday to his British counterpart Liz Truss.
During the call, they reviewed the strong and historical Saudi-British relations, and opportunities to strengthen them in all fields, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said. 
The two sides also discussed Saudi-British efforts to lay the foundations for peace, security and stability in the Middle East and the world.
Truss recently concluded a visit to the Kingdom aimed at boosting economic and security ties.


Saudi Arabia reiterates call for restraint, calm in Sudan: Cabinet

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi Arabia reiterates call for restraint, calm in Sudan: Cabinet

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
  • Ministers welcomed a UN Security Council statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the Kingdom
  • The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet reiterated its call for calm, de-escalation and preserving political and economic gains, and said it was following up on the latest developments in Sudan.
Sudanese military leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan dissolved the government and the Sovereign Council on Monday and the prime minister and other ministers have been detained.
The Kingdom said it “supports everything that aims to protect unity among all political components, and emphasized its continued support for the Sudanese people for security, stability, growth and prosperity.”
The statement came following a weekly Council of Ministers meeting that was chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM.
At the beginning of the session, the king briefed the ministers on the content of a letter he received from Bahrain’s King Hamad, the letter he sent to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and the phone call with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The Cabinet hailed the success of the Saudi Green Initiative Forum and the Middle East Green Initiative Summit in presenting a package of qualitative initiatives to protect the environment, face the challenges of climate change, reduce its negative effects, create the necessary infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions, and strengthening the level of regional coordination in this field.
The Council of Ministers reviewed a number of topics and regional and international developments during the meeting.
The ministers welcomed a UN Security Council statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the Kingdom’s territory and civilian facilities, and said it was an important boost to the Kingdom’s efforts to successfully end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution.

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause and finding a just solution that secures the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. It also reiterated a call to the UN Economic and Financial Committee of the necessity to compel Israel to comply with international resolutions and laws, end the occupation and complete a withdrawal from Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The ministers also discussed the Kingdom’s statement at an international ministerial conference on supporting the stability of Libya, which was held in the capital, Tripoli, about its support for international efforts to preserve its unity and the security of its territories. Saudi Arabia praised the steps taken by the Libyan authority toward achieving a unified sovereign state that enjoys security, stability and development.
The Cabinet authorized the sports minister to sign a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qatar, the minister of Islamic affairs to sign an agreement with Greece, and the tourism minister to sign an MoU with the UK.
It also authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture to sign a draft cooperation agreement with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and approved a license for Oman’s Sohar International Bank to open a branch in the Kingdom.


Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
Updated 26 October 2021

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
  • The civil defense warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.

RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia starting on Wednesday and lasting until Friday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Tuesday.
The authority warned of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds in the capital Jazan, Asir, Al-Baha, and Makkah on Wednesday and Thursday. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.
The civil defense also warned of thunderstorms with light to medium rain and in Madinah, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders Province, Al-Jawf, and the Eastern Province.
The warnings were issued based on data received from the National Center of Meteorology.
The civil defense called on everyone to exercise caution, be wary of the severe conditions, stay away from places that could flood, and to abide by the civil defense’s instructions and updates announced through media and social media outlets.


Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum
  • They reviewed bilateral relation and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday held talks with his Bahraini counterpart Prince Salman bin Hamad, on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative Forum in the capital, Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two countries and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Bahraini Minister of Finance and National Economy Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa also attended the meeting.