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

Riyadh – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz said that talks and meetings held during the visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia have “embodied the great concern and determination of all participating countries to confront different challenges and strengthen the foundations of peace, security and stability”.

King Salman chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday.

At the outset of the session, the King expressed his thanks and appreciation to the US president and leaders of Arab and Islamic countries, who took part in the 17th consultative meeting of leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, Gulf-American Summit and Arab-Islamic-American Summit hosted by the Kingdom on Sunday.

The Saudi monarch underlined the importance of the “historic agreement” signed between the GCC and the US to fight terrorism financing by establishing a center for combating such acts in Riyadh.

The King noted that the agreement was the result of joint efforts to combat terrorism. He also lauded the announcement of the establishment of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, which is aimed at spreading the principles of moderation and strengthening families and societies against extremist ideologies.

King Salman added that discussions with Trump touched on historical relations between the two countries and means to promote cooperation in the different fields.

He added that latest developments in the Middle East and the world were reviewed, as well as efforts to establish stability and security in the region.

Highlighting the importance of the joint strategic vision, which was announced at the end of the two-day meetings, the King said that Saudi and US officials have exchanged a number of trade agreements and investment opportunities that exceeded the value of $280 billion.

King Salman stressed that the meetings with Trump, in addition to discussions between senior officials of the two countries and the economic forums held on the sidelines of the visit were considered a turning point in relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

In a statement following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said that the Cabinet highlighted the valuable contents of the speech delivered by King Salman at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit.

The Cabinet pointed to the King’s emphasis on the common responsibility of Arab and Islamic states to be united in the fight against the forces of extremism in compliance with the teachings of the Islamic religion and the values of peace, tolerance, and moderation.