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(L-R) Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Saudi King Salman, and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stand together after Saudi Arabia’s cabinet agrees to implement a broad reform plan known as Vision 2030 in Riyadh, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Saudi Press Agency/Handout via Reuters

The Saudi cabinet issued on Monday new decrees concerning a number of regional and internal affairs. The Cabinet’s session was held at at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah and was chaired by the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz.

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s calls on the international community to provide protection, facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, and stop tight blockade, massacres and air raids taking place in Syrian cities like Aleppo. The cabinet stressed that the continuation of the Syrian regime’s shelling of residential neighborhoods in Aleppo and killing of innocent civilians is considered among punishable war crimes against humanity.

Moreover, the Cabinet restated the kingdom’s welcoming of decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, to remove the “Coalition for Restoration of Legitimacy in Yemen” from the list of those responsible for violence against civilians.

The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) was formed in January to look into reports of Saudi-led coalition’s war violations during its “Decisive Storm” in Yemen. It includes 14 members from coalition states, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen.

During the session, Prince Mohammed briefed the Cabinet on the results of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ reception of the King of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Emir of the State of Qatar.

Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman received Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at his residence in Tangier, Morocco, Saturday evening. The two leaders reviewed the close fraternal relations between the two countries in addition to the developments at the regional and international arenas.


Regarding internal affairs, the Saudi cabinet fixed for single entry visas at SR2000 for 2 months. Additional SR100 have to be paid for every extra month.

As for the multiple entry visa, the fee is SR3,000 for six-month visa; SR5,000 for one-year visa, and SR8,000 for two-year visa.

The state will meet the fee of Haj and Umrah pilgrims for first time.

In addition, the cabinet hiked penalties for car drifting in a step aiming at regulating traffic and accidents.