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

Al-Khobar – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz said that the Kingdom was on the path of prosperity, progress and stability, as well as the achievement of the citizens’ various needs.

King Salman chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Aziziyah Palace in Al-Khobar Governorate on Monday.

In remarks during the session, the Saudi King said the Eastern Region has witnessed the launching and inauguration of many projects that will reap their fruits in development, growth and prosperity.

He stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was proceeding on track to enhance homeland’s prosperity, progress, security and stability, as well as meeting citizens’ various needs to ensure a decent life.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on several internal developments, including the results of his meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Kingdom of Sweden and President of World Scout Movement, the telephone call received from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Kingdom of Bahrain, the invitation received from the King of Bahrain to participate in the 37th session of the Supreme Council of Gulf cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, as well as other issues.

At the outset of the session, Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said that the Cabinet commended the various scientific and economic conferences hosted by the Kingdom during the past week.

The Cabinet highlighted the results of the first conference on control of use of social networks in Islam, which was organized by Naif bin Abdulaziz International Award of Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Islamic University in Madinah. The conference stressed the importance of the application of legitimate controls in the use of social networks and the dissemination of moderate values and anti-extremism principles.

The Cabinet also hailed the recommendations and decisions of the 14th International Arab Conference for Mineral Resources and the exhibition under the theme “Arab Mineral Resources, Strategic Resources and Promising Investment Opportunities”.

It noted that hosting such conference “emanates from the principle of fraternal bonds, cooperation and integration among Arab countries in all economic and developmental fields, and embodies the Kingdom’s support for the joint Arab action.”

The Cabinet stressed the importance of a recent program to counter malnutrition in Hodeidah in the Republic of Yemen at a cost of $ 10 million, which was signed by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRELIEF) and the World Food Program in Rome.

The new program would address the risk of acute malnutrition for children under five years of age, where emergency food aid is being provided for more than 464,000 beneficiaries in Hodeidah for six months.

On a different note, the Cabinet condemned the terrorist attack which targeted a security point in North Sinai of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the explosions that rocked the provinces of Adana and Sirnak of the Republic of Turkey, reaffirming the Kingdom’s stand and solidarity with sisterly Republics of Egypt and Turkey in the fight against terrorism, expressing its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and wishing a speedy recovery for the wounded.

On the local level, the Cabinet valued the arrest of the perpetrator who had fired at Saudi soldiers in the city of Tabuk, as well as seven others with connection to the case. The Cabinet described the arrest operation as a security achievement, reflecting the high skills of Saudi security bodies and their ability to thwart all attempts that target homeland security.

Altoraifi said that the council of ministers was then briefed on the topics on the agenda, including a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in tourism between the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Communications of the Republic of Serbia.

The Cabinet also approved a general agreement on cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Niger.