Jeddah – The Saudi cabinet renewed on Monday the Kingdom’s praise of US President Donald Trump’s statements that called on Qatar to “stop financing terrorism” as it condemned the emirate’s “duality in policies.”
It also hailed Trump’s praise of Saudi Arabia’s leading role in confronting terror and drying up its funding.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet session held at Jeddah’s al-Salam palace. He informed the gatherers of the results of his meetings with Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber Al Sabah, Bahrain King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and telephone talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Following the cabinet meeting, Information Minister Dr. Awadh bin Saleh al-Awadh told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the gatherers addressed the latest regional and international developments.
He hailed King Salman’s order to take into consideration humanitarian cases of Saudi-Qatari families in wake of the severing of ties with the emirate.
“This recognizes the brotherly Qatari people, who are a natural extension of their brothers in Saudi Arabia,” said al-Awadh.
The cabinet also welcomed the announcement of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to blacklist 59 individuals and 12 organization that are linked to Qatar and “serving suspicious agendas.”
“This is an indication of the duality of the Qatari policy that on the one hand announces its fight against terrorism, while financing and supporting it on the other,” explained al-Awadh.
On internal developments, the Saudi cabinet condemned the terrorist bombing that targeted a security patrol in al-Qatif. An officer was killed and a security member was wounded in the attack.