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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet’s Session. SPA

Riyadh-Saudi Arabia has renewed calls for an emergency special session of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss the worsening crisis in Syria.

A Cabinet session chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday said the horrific humanitarian situation in Syria warranted calls for an emergency U.N. session to be held to ensure immediate relief and protection of civilians.

The Saudi Cabinet called on the UNGA “to assume responsibility for providing peace and security in Syria as civilians have been subjected to mass killings, displacement, siege and other crimes.”

King Salman expressed gratitude and appreciation to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait for their warm reception and generous hospitality he received along with his accompanying delegation.

He also expressed his great appreciation to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the government and people of Bahrain for what has been accorded to him and the leaders of the GCC member states and the efforts made during the 37th session of the GCC Supreme Council recently held in Manama, which had a great impact on the success of its work, wishing him all the success and for the Council further progress and prosperity.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meeting with Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Saeed, Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet’s Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman and the results of his reception of the Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May at his residence in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as his meetings with the member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi and with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

In his statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid al-Turaifi said that the Cabinet commended “Sakhir Declaration” of the 37th summit of the GCC Supreme Council and its confirmation of the importance of continuing to work in implementation and application of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s vision adopted at Riyadh Summit 2015.

He noted that the King’s vision constitutes an integrated framework and wise approach to deal with different variables on the basis of maintaining the higher interests of the GCC member states, their achievements and the gains of their peoples and achieving the desired goal of integration and unity among the GCC countries in political, economic, military and security fields.

The Cabinet welcomed the final communiqué of the session and the joint statement issued by the meeting of the leaders of the GCC with the Prime Minister of Britain. it also praised an agreement to launch of the strategic partnership between the GCC and the United Kingdom to promote closer ties in all fields.

Furthermore, the Cabinet was briefed on the outcome of the ministerial meeting of producing oil countries, which included the OPEC and non-OPEC members, held in the Austrian capital Vienna on December 10 that came as a continuation of OPEC’s meeting on November 30.

The Cabinet welcomed the decision to reduce production from non-OPEC producing countries to contribute to the stability of the markets for the benefit of oil producing countries, petroleum industry and the global economy in general.

The Cabinet also stressed Saudi Arabia’s full commitment to this agreement and hoped that all the other signatory states abide by it.