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Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet’s Session on February 27, 2017. SPA

Riyadh – The Saudi Cabinet welcomed the resumption of Syrian negotiations in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations, expressing hope that the negotiations would bring about a comprehensive ceasefire and a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on Geneva Declaration (1) and the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254 in what ensures ending the suffering and bloodshed of the brotherly Syrian people and achieving their legitimate aspirations.

This came during the session that was convened on Monday under the chairmanship of Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz at al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh as the Cabinet reviewed the latest developments at the regional and international arenas.

At the outset of the meeting, Price Mohammed bin Nayef expressed aspiration that the Asian tour carried out by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques would help him achieve enhancing and developing the Kingdom’s relations with brotherly and friendly countries in all fields.

The Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques prayed to Allah Almighty to protect and keep safe the King and help him in serving the Kingdom and its people and in strengthening closer ties of brotherhood and friendship between the Kingdom and those countries, citing his speech in the Kingdom of Malaysia, his first leg of the tour, in which he stressed, during a meeting with His Majesty Sultan Mohammed V, King of Malaysia, Saudi Arabia s support with its full potential for all Islamic issues and its permanent willingness to help and cooperate with Malaysia in any effort or movement designed to serve the issues of Muslims.

Following the session, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen al-Fadhli, who is also Acting Minister of Culture and Information, said that the Cabinet underscored the importance of the King’s tour.

He drew attention to the respect and appreciation being accorded to King Salman’s visits in addition to the close ties between the Kingdom and those countries, taking into consideration the efforts being exerted by the Kingdom in fighting terrorism and achieving security and global stability based on moderation and tolerance.

For his part, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of the talks the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held in Riyadh with President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo of Somalia and President Prokopios Pavlopoulos of Greece before starting his tour.

The Cabinet was also briefed on the outcomes of the visit of the Foreign Minister to Iraq where he held talks with a number of Iraqi officials, reiterating the affirmation of the ties binding the two countries and the work on ways of developing them in the interests of the two brotherly peoples.