King Salman Chairs Saudi National Cabinet Session

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired on Monday a national cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah during which he wished the recently empowered Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman success.

The King also expressed his gratitude to Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz for his efforts in serving the Kingdom, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

On the other hand, King Salman welcomed Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, wishing him, princes, ministers and officials appointed to their new posts all success.

King Salman expressed his happiness that millions of Muslims worldwide have completed the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. He also positively reviewed millions of Umrah pilgrims, who carried out rituals during the holy month.

The King also thanked all government and private sectors for their efforts in attending to the needs of these pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.

The King briefed the Cabinet on the telephone calls made during the past few days with a number of leaders of sisterly and friendly countries on bilateral relations and latest developments in the region and the world.

The Cabinet valued the King’s invitation to hold a Saudi-African summit in the Kingdom at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018, as the invitation was conveyed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir to president of 29th ordinary African Summit that was recently held in Ethiopia.

The Cabinet also appreciated the welcome of leaders of the G20 summit countries of Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the G20 Summit in 2020.

King Salman Reviews Jordan Visit at Saudi National Cabinet Session

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired a routine national cabinet session at Riyadh’s Al-Yamamah palace on Monday afternoon, said Saudi state-owned news agency SPA.

At the outset of the session, King Salman expressed deep appreciation towards the hospitality provided to him and accompanying delegation by Jordan’s King Abdullah II when visiting for the Arab Summit held in Amman.

King Salman also reviewed positively the talks, the exchange of views with King Abdullah II on issues and subjects of common interest.

More so, the Saudi monarch revisited some of the highlights on official meetings, discussions, and signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Bilateral ties were further consolidated by King Salman’s recent visit, in addition to the evident promoting of efforts devoted to advancing relations in a manner which serves the interests of countries, strengthening regional security and stability.

The King also expressed his appreciation towards Jordan, the King, the government and people for their great efforts exerted to ensure the success of the Arab Summit Conference at its 28th session, pointing in this context to the summit’s positive results.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with leaders of Arab countries on the sidelines of the Summit, expressing his happiness over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Arab summit at its 29th session in the city of Riyadh, welcoming the leaders of Arab countries in their second country, the Kingdom.

The King briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meeting with Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission of the Chinese Party, Air Force General Xu Qiliang.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after the session that the Cabinet commended the joint statement issued following the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Jordan, its emphasis on strong ties, keenness on their developments in various fields, their positions towards the current situations in the Arab world, the desire to unify Arab and Islamic ranks, and the great efforts of the two countries’ to strengthen ties among Arab and Islamic countries.

King Salman Briefs National Cabinet on Talks with Turkish President Erdogan

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.

At the outset of the session, the King briefed cabinet members on his talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his meeting with Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier of the Kingdom of Bahrain during which they reviewed close bilateral ties between the Kingdom and the two countries.

King Salman also briefed the Cabinet on his two telephone calls made to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his election for German presidency during which the King congratulated both presidents and confirmed the strength of relations between the Kingdom and the two countries and the keenness on enhancing them in all fields, in addition to his meeting with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and President of World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after the session that the Cabinet was briefed on a number of reports concerning international efforts and latest developments both across the region and worldwide.

More so, the cabinet was briefed on challenges facing the international community to maintain security and stability, and the ongoing efforts for resuming political negotiations for the Syrian crisis.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist bombing that took place in Sitra Island, Kingdom of Bahrain, the attack that targeted a market in the east of the Somali capital Mogadishu, and the blast that ripped the Pakistani city of Lahore, reiterating the solidarity of the Kingdom and its firm stance with the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Somalia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in countering acts of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, offering condolences to the families of the victims and wishing those injured a quick recovery.

Saudi Arabia Confirms Cooperating with Partners in Combating Lebanese Hezbollah’s Criminal, Terrorist Acts

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Riyadh- Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Monday renewed its determination to combat “terrorist activities” by the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and continue to work with Riyadh’s partners around the world to expose its terrorist and criminal activities.

It also explained the measures it has taken to classify names of two individuals and one entity for their involvement in terrorist activities, and it confirmed imposing sanctions on them based on Law for Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing and anti-money laundering .

This was reaffirmed during the government’s weekly meeting, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday at the Yamamah Palace.

The Cabinet emphasized the Kingdom’s call on the U.N. Human Rights Council to hold a special session on the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, in light of the dangerous escalation of the situation by Assad’s regime and its allies, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

It also stressed the U.N. World Food Program’s comments regarding the Saudi contribution in support of the displaced Syrians and of the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

At the beginning of the session, King Salman offered his condolences to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and to the government and the people of Qatar on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani.

He prayed that Allah may bestow him mercy and forgiveness and accommodate him in His Paradise.

King Salman also highlighted the results of his meetings and talks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Afghani President Abdullah Abdullah, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Leuven and President of the National Assembly of Chad Haroun Kabadi, during which the king reviewed prospects for these countries’ cooperation in various fields with the Kingdom.

On the other hand, the Cabinet hailed the joint statement issued after the first meeting of the Saudi-Jordanian Coordination Council and the fact that work of the council’s preparatory committee will continue and that agreements under process will be taken to completion.

Acting Minister of Culture and Information Essam bin Saeed, talking to the media after the meeting, said the Cabinet reviewed the outcome of the discussions on petroleum markets and progress toward stability, held by GCC oil and energy ministers at their 35th meeting in Riyadh.

He said the Cabinet hailed the fact that the Kingdom became a member of the board of directors of the International Comparison Program (ICP), for its 2017-2019 session, representing the countries of West Asia.

The minister said the Cabinet welcomed the final communiqué of the 42th session of the foreign ministers of OIC countries, held in the capital of Uzbekistan, which called on promoting the awareness of the international community about the humanitarian role of Islam.

Moreover, the Cabinet hailed the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of the King Abdulaziz International Competition for memorizing, reading and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, currently being held with the participation of 114 competitors from 76 countries.

It praised the outcome of the 20th meeting of the environment ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia Condemns Building of New Housing Units in Occupied East Jerusalem

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairs Cabinet session on Monday August 1.

Jeddah-Saudi Arabia has expressed its condemnation regarding the decision of Israeli authorities to allow the construction of 770 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem within the framework of the continued aggression against the State of Palestine, targeting the Palestinian existence and dismembering its unity.

This denunciation came on Monday as Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

The Cabinet renewed the Kingdom’s calls for intensifying efforts at all levels to fight terrorism and extremism in its security, military, financial and intellectual aspects.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef briefed the Cabinet on the results of the meetings between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the U.S. President Envoy for the International Alliance against ISIS Brett McGurk.

Following the session, Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Adel al-Turaifi explained that the Cabinet has welcomed the declaration of Nouakchott and resolutions issued at the conclusion of the 27th Arab summit in Mauritania.

He expressed his thanks and appreciation for Mauritania’s government and people, stressing the Kingdom’s assurances before the summit that what is being witnessed in the region and the world of confronting violent extremism and sporadic terrorist acts poses a threat to the Arabs, the nations and international peace and security.

Regarding the situation in Yemen, al-Turaifi said that the Cabinet has stressed the statement’s clarification issued by the Command of the Coalition in response to what has been circulated on media quoting a number of non-governmental relief and human rights organizations containing fallacies about health conditions in Yemen and their underestimating of the Coalition’s efforts; in addition to its positive role in the entry of humanitarian aid to the brotherly Yemeni people.

Moreover, the Cabinet confirmed that Houthis and followers of Ali Saleh’s agreement on forming a political council in Yemen is considered as a step to put obstacles in the way to reach a political agreement to end the sufferings of the Yemeni people.

He said it is a clear violation of the resolutions of the Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s initiative, its executive mechanism and the outputs of the comprehensive national dialogue.

Al-Turaifi said that the Cabinet reviewed the topics on the agenda, including subjects discussed by Shura Council and issued several resolutions.

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement in the field of countering cross-border crimes between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the United Mexican States, which was signed in Riyadh.

The Cabinet also approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, museums, architectural heritage, crafts and handicrafts between the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Peru, which was signed in Lima.

Saudi Crown Prince Ensures Saudi Arabia Is Secure

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairing Cabinet's session in Jeddah on Monday. SPA

Jeddah-Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud confirmed that the homeland’s security at its highest degrees and is getting stronger every day.

“Thanks to the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as well as all security men, whom the society is proud of their determination to purify the country from whoever dares to tamper with its gains, sanctities and safety of its citizens and expatriates alike, praying to Allah Almighty to bless the souls of the martyrs, wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” he said.

The Crown Prince’s confirmations came during the Cabinet’s session, which he chaired at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Monday.

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef expressed thanks and appreciation to the leaders of sisterly and friendly countries for their congratulations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King, government and people on the occasion of the holy Eid Al-Fitr; and for their condemnation of the terrorist incidents that targeted sites in the cities of Jeddah, Qatif and Madinah.

The Crown Prince briefed the members with the details of the phone call between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

In that call, King Salman congratulated the Turkish President and welcomed the return to normalcy in Turkey and the prevalence of security and stability under the leadership of Erdogan and the Turkish government’s continuation in exercising its functions.

The Crown Prince also briefed the members with the phone call that took place between the monarch and British new Premier Theresa May in which he congratulated her on becoming Britain’s new Prime Minister, stressing the strong relations between the two countries.

The Cabinet also condemned the terrorist deliberate stampeding incident that took place in the city of Nice, France, expressing its condolences to the French Republic’s leadership, government, people and the families of the victims; wishing the injured a speedy recovery and confirming the Kingdom’s firm stand with the French Republic.

Following the Cabinet’s session, Minister of Culture and Information Adel al-Turaifi told SPA that the Cabinet warned the whole world from the threat of terrorism, which started to take several forms, shapes and ideologies that would eventually lead to killing the innocent.

He stressed the Kingdom’s firm positions and its strong stand to confront terrorism and its commitment, determination and cooperation with other countries to pursue terrorists and dry up their sources.

Locally, the Saudi Crown Prince expressed gratitude to Allah the Almighty that more than 6 million pilgrims safely performed Umrah rituals during Ramadan in a religious atmosphere.

He expressed his thanks and appreciation to all bodies concerned with the system of Haj and Umrah who helped worshippers to accomplish their rituals in comfort, peace and tranquility.

Al-Turaifi said the Cabinet discussed other issues on the agenda, including those being reviewed by the Shoura Council, and took several decisions.

These decisions include the Cabinet’s authorization for the crown prince, deputy premier and minister of interior, or his deputy, to discuss with the Bangladeshi side a security cooperation agreement and a repatriation of the wanted agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Bangladesh, to sign, and forward the final versions for further authentication.

Saudi Cabinet Welcomes GCC Decision to Consider Hezbollah “Terrorist”

HRH King Salman chairing Cabinet's session on Monday
HRH King Salman chairing Cabinet’s session on Monday

Riyadh-Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers on Monday reaffirmed the decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to consider Hezbollah militia’s leaders, affiliated factions and organizations as “terrorists” during a session that was chaired by HRH King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

The Cabinet noted that the GCC took the decision against Hezbollah “after taking into account its continuing hostilities and its flagrant violation of sovereignty of Gulf states and its destabilizing of regional security and stability as well as its practices, which are contrary to humanitarian values and international laws.”

The Cabinet said that it valued the strong message of the declaration, which condemned the attack on Saudi missions in Iran as well as the Iranian activities aimed at destabilizing the security and stability in Bahrain and other Arab states.

At the beginning of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his talks with the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Abdulrazzak, stressing deep bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries and the keenness of both sides to enhance these relations in various fields.

Saudi Minister of Culture and Information, Dr Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi pointed out that the Cabinet welcomed the statement of the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers issued at the meetings in the 33rd session of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers in the Tunisian capital.

The Cabinet welcomed “Tunisia Declaration” reiterating its strong condemnation of terrorism and its supporters and financiers.

It condemned the state’s terrorism practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories, the attack on the Saudi Embassy and its Consulate in Iran, and Iranian activities aiming at destabilizing the security and stability in Bahrain and a number of Arab countries.

The Cabinet also denounced dangerous practices and acts carried out by the terrorist Hezbollah party to destabilize security and social peace in some Arab countries.

It also welcomed the declaration’s full support for the measures taken by all member states to fight Al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorist organizations and its full support for the Arab coalition and appreciation of the coalition’s efforts being exerted for supporting legitimacy in Yemen and confronting the terrorist Houthi militias.

Following the Cabinet’s session, Dr Adel Altoraifi commended the relations of friendship and close cooperation between Saudi Arabia and France, their development at all levels and their common desire to develop new fields of cooperation.

He also noted that the Cabinet appreciated the joint statement issued following the official visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior to France and his talks with President Francois Hollande and other senior officials.

The statement expressed the great convergence of views between the two sides on regional issues and possible ways to enhance international security and stability.

Moreover, the Cabinet reiterated the contents of the speech delivered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers at the meeting and his confirmation that “security is the foundation of peace and stability and without it, balances are destabilized, rights are violated and countries are lost.” HRH Prince Nayef added that combating crime in its intellectual development and behavioral impact is a common responsibility backed by social awareness and security efforts.

On the other hand, the Cabinet re-emphasized the contents of the speech delivered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before the 31st session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Back then, Saudi Arabia confirmed its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights based on its approach derived from the principles of Islamic Sharia, which necessitates these rights.

The speech tackled serious challenges affecting human rights in different parts of the world, and it indicated what has been witnessed by the Kingdom of ongoing development process reflecting its firm belief in the importance of comprehensive development that focuses on human beings as the basic core of development.

The Kingdom expressed great interest in the principle of full independence of its judiciary laws and the need to respect the judicial system and the non-acceptance of intervention in the functioning of these laws, their procedures or provisions, and based on this principle, the Kingdom does not accept any interference in its judiciary or its independence.

The Cabinet decided to authorize the Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, or his deputy, to discuss with the Nigerian side a draft security cooperation agreement between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, sign it and submit the final version for further constitutional procedures.

The Cabinet also authorized the Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, or his deputy, to discuss with the Djiboutian side a draft agreement between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti on cooperation in the military field, sign it and submit the final version for further statutory procedures.

The Cabinet approved the implementation of the decision of the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States that was issued in its 30th session, which was held in Kuwait on 27-28/12/1430 AH.

It also approved the decision of the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States that was issued in its 35th session, which was held in Doha on 17/02/1436 AH on the adoption of Muscat document for unified system (law) for real estate in registration of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States as a guideline for a four-year term.

Furthermore, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance, or his deputy, to sign a draft agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Georgia on the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and capital and prevention of tax evasion, in addition to attaching draft of “Protocol” project, and then submit the final version for further legislative procedures.

Saudi Arabia Reiterates Efforts to Stabilize Oil Markets

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday.

Riyadh- Saudi ministers confirmed that the Kingdom remains committed to a stable oil market and will continue to communicate with major producers to prevent price fluctuations. The Saudi Cabinet reiterated that the government is still committed to meeting a “large share of global energy demand on a purely commercial basis.”

Saudi Arabia “invests huge amounts of money to maintain its vital reserve capacity to help meet additional demand, or deal with global supply disruption if necessary”, it also stated.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday.

The ministers discussed the deliberations of the Cambridge Week for Energy Research in Houston on the international oil market.

At the outset of the session, HRH King Salman briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his talks with the Nigerian President, Mohammed Bukhari, Prince Frederik Henrik Andre, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Denmark, in addition to the outcomes of the message received from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait and the telephone call received from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Minister of Social Affairs and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi said in a statement, following the session, that the Cabinet was briefed on a number of reports on latest developments at regional, Arab and international arenas; reconfirming the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of terrorist bombings and attacks that took place in Cameroon, Somalia and Afghanistan, voicing the Kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims, governments and citizens.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince for the state’s care for its citizens, martyrs of duty and their families.

The ministers commended in this regard the Crown Prince’s inauguration of the electronic board for the support of martyrs, guaranteeing that the country never forgets citizens martyred in defending the nation, that all people are proud of the martyrs of duty who will be a source of pride for the homeland’s leadership and people.

The Cabinet also praised the Ministry of Interior’s keenness to speed up and complete the transformation into electronic services through “Abshir” integrated system and through launching a mobile phone application, ” We are all security”. The application allows citizens to become part of the country’s security apparatus by reporting crime, accidents and disasters more effectively.

Moreover, the Cabinet acclaimed the security forces, customs and various agencies for their efforts to monitor, track down and prevent the attempts of smuggling drugs into the Kingdom. It also commended their achievements in arresting those involved in smuggling acts and protecting citizens from the scourge of drugs; expressing its appreciation for the cooperation of security agencies in a number of Arab countries with those in the Kingdom in arresting drug smugglers and manufacturers.

The Cabinet was also briefed on the outcomes of the meetings of the Group of Twenty (G-20) finance ministers that were concluded in Shanghai, China with the participation of governors of central banks in the countries of the Group. The participants reviewed key developments at the level of the global economy, which is facing the challenges of growth and fluctuations in the financial markets. They called for strengthening joint action via coordination among developed and emerging countries and employing fiscal and structural policies to counter these challenges.

Furthermore, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance – or his deputy – to sign a draft agreement among the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and both Belgium and Cyprus to avoid double taxation with respect to taxes on income, prevention of tax evasion, and the “Protocol” project attached to them before submitting the final signed version to complete statutory procedures.

It also approved amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training and Issuing of Certificates and Shift Work for Workers at Sea for the year 1978, issued by the World Conference of the International Maritime Organization held in Manila in 2010.