Jeddah – 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 afternoon.
At the outset of the session, King Salman briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his meeting with President Abed Rabbuh Mansour Hadi of Yemen during which the Kingdom reaffirmed its keenness to support the brotherly Yemeni people and their legitimate government and achieve security and stability in Yemeni territories.
The King also briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his talks with President Alpha Conde of Guinea-Conakry, who is also the president of the African Union, and his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during which cooperation memorandums and projects between the two countries were signed.
He briefed them with the message received from President Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, and the invitation received from President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan to participate in the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technologies to be held in Astana.
Following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh al-Awwad said that the Cabinet was briefed on a number of reports on latest developments at Arab, regional and international arenas.
Awwad commended the joint meeting of ministers of interior, defense and foreign affairs of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.
He said that the meeting was characterized by the determination of the GCC States to proceed forward for further achievement of Gulf correlation and integration at various levels, their keenness to build relations and extend bridges of cooperation with regional countries to consolidate security and peace and expand economic cooperation with an emphasis on preventing external interference in their internal affairs, infringing on their national unity, inciting sectarian strife and supporting terrorist groups, criminal activities and hostile media campaigns.
The Cabinet praised the 18th consultative meeting of GCC Ministers of Interior and their confirmation of the importance of concerted efforts and coordination of positions to enhance the GCC common security in implementation of the directives of GCC leaders.
The Cabinet also appreciated the convening of the donor conference to finance the humanitarian response plan in Yemen 2017, organized in Geneva by the United Nations with Swiss and Swedish participation.
In this regard, the Cabinet pointed to the Kingdom’s donation of $150 million to support the projects of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in addition to the $100 million allocated earlier this year in support of its humanitarian projects in Yemen.