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King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs national cabinet session, SPA

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired a national cabinet session in Riyadh on Monday afternoon, reported state-owned news agency SPA.

Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said the Cabinet extended appreciation to King Salman for backing and kicking off the National Festival for Heritage and Culture “Al-Janadriah 31” that saw the notable attendance of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain; Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait.

The cabinet commended efforts spent by the Ministry of National Guard on organizing the festival, spreading a cultured knowledge of Saudi Arabia’s diverse heritage through programs and the bringing together of hundreds of writers and think tanks from all over the Kingdom.

Overall, the cabinet session also approved the following promotions for a score of nation-serving and government senior officials.

Minister Altoraifi said that the Cabinet was briefed on a number of reports on current developments and events on Arab, regional and international scopes. King Salman briefed the cabinet on the contents of a message he received from Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, SPA reported.

The cabinet was also detailed on the terrorist attack carried out by suicide boats of Houthi militias on a Saudi frigate while on patrolling the western maritime borders of Hodeida port which is threatens the security of international waters, hindering the flow of humanitarian and medical aid sailing to Hodeida port and Yemeni citizens.

The session’s briefing also relayed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the reported Sunday bombing in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the earlier attack against worshipers at a mosque in the city of Quebec, Canada.

France’s Louvre attack was also condemned. The Kingdom holds a firm position rejecting extremism and terrorism and it calls for concerted international efforts on combating both threats.