Riyadh- The Saudi Cabinet welcomed the joint statement of the quadrilateral meeting in London to discuss the situation in Yemen. It expressed its support for the efforts of the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen and for the roadmap to be submitted to the two sides on security and political steps needed to reach a political solution to the conflict.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.
The Cabinet commended the directive by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to coordinate with the Command of Coalition Forces, the Yemeni government and the institutions of the United Nations to facilitate the transfer of the wounded in the Great Hall incident in Sanaa, especially those who need treatment outside Yemen.
Saudi’s participation in the international meeting on the Syrian crisis, which was held in Switzerland’s city of Lausanne along with a number of international parties, was also discussed by the Cabinet.
The Cabinet also welcomed the statement issued following a meeting of the Syrian National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, held in Riyadh to discuss the continuous disruption of the Syrian regime and its allies to the political process and adoption of a scorched earth policy in all parts of Syria, especially in Aleppo.
Moreover, the cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s call before the 23rd World Energy Conference in Istanbul to continuously invest in energy and oil production to keep up with future need for oil. It also endorsed the adoption of a set of measures to increase energy consumption efficiency, including strengthening the capacity of the Kingdom in the field of solar energy and activation of many other factors under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The Cabinet underscored the Kingdom’s efforts to consolidate three existing pillars of its economy — oil and gas, chemicals, and mining — and to increase its production of conventional and non-conventional gas by 50% to 18 billion standard cubic feet per day by 2020.
The Council of Ministers approved a number of financial and procedural arrangements to ensure security and safety while implementing government projects. Some of the recommendations are:
1-The regulations prevent payment of any amount of money for project implementation without an undertaking from the consultant to abide by security and safety rules and regulations.
2-The Cabinet directed that the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has to review the system of classifying contractors and its executive bylaw by giving them classification grades on the basis of their adherence to security and safety requirements.