Saudi Cabinet Commends Positive Outcomes of Saudi-African Summit and Arab-Islamic Summit

Tue Nov 14 2023
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RIYADH: The Cabinet of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday, praised the positive outcomes of the Saudi-African Summit and the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit held in Riyadh. The Cabinet hoped that the outcome of the Saudi-African Summit would lead to a significant leap in cooperation and collaboration between Saudi Arabia and African countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

In a statement to the SPA following the Cabinet session, Saudi Minister of Media Salman bin Yousef Al-Dosari said that the session applauded the positive outcomes of the Saudi-African Summit and emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to global stability and regional peace.

The cooperation between Saudi Arabia and African countries will be mainly through development projects and programs initiated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Africa, coupled with various agreements, memorandums of understanding, and new investments and funds spanning multiple sectors.

The Cabinet was briefed on the messages that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had received from the transitional president of Mali and Burkina Faso interim president. The Cabinet was also briefed on the message that Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz had received from the Sultan of Oman.

The Cabinet also reviewed the consultations and talks held by the Crown Prince with leaders of various brotherly and friendly nations at bilateral and multilateral levels as part of the Kingdom’s broader efforts to boost its international partnerships, continue its leading role in efforts to achieve peace and security in the region, and mobilize collective action toward achieving more global stability, prosperity and progress.

Saudi Cabinet Praises Participation of Leaders in Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit

Acknowledging the participation of brotherly countries in the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit, the Cabinet commended efforts to address the situation in Gaza. The Kingdom sought coordinated action to halt the conflict, hold responsible parties accountable, and reaffirm support for the Palestinian cause, emphasizing the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Cabinet affirmed the necessity of intensified cooperation and joint security coordination in response to regional and global challenges, including rising violence, terrorism, extremism, insecurity, and organized cross-border crime.

The Cabinet discussed the outcomes of the first meeting of the Saudi-Omani Coordination Council in Muscat, highlighting strong bilateral relations and ongoing progress.

The Cabinet highlighted the Kingdom’s active role in advancing the goals of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), with a focus on safeguarding women’s rights and promoting their engagement in development initiatives.

The Cabinet extensively deliberated on the outcomes arising from the inaugural meeting of the Saudi-Omani Coordination Council, held in Muscat, and expressed commendation for the robust ties between Saudi Arabia and Oman, acknowledging the sustained progress and development witnessed across various domains.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was duly authorized to finalize and sign the relevant draft protocol.

Recognizing the pivotal role of culture in global interactions, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding, facilitating cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Culture and its Italian counterpart. Further emphasizing cultural collaborations, the Minister of Culture received authorization to engage in discussions and sign memoranda of understanding with Spain and Cuba, fostering bilateral cooperation in the realm of culture and sports.

In a bid to enhance legal cooperation, the Cabinet endorsed an agreement between Saudi Arabia and China, focusing on collaboration and judicial assistance in civil, commercial, and civil status affairs.

Acknowledging the importance of global initiatives, the Cabinet approved Saudi Arabia’s accession to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, reaffirming the Kingdom’s commitment to international efforts in sustainable development.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Tourism and Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, fostering collaboration in this vital industry.

Recognizing the significance of economic partnerships, the Minister of Investment was empowered to finalize a draft agreement between the Saudi government and the government of Kazakhstan, aimed at encouraging and safeguarding investments.

In the realm of health, the Cabinet greenlit Saudi Arabia’s accession to the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, underscoring the Kingdom’s commitment to advancing global health research.

The educational landscape witnessed advancements, as the Minister of Education received authorization to discuss and finalize a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with Greece, further promoting international collaboration in academia.

Media partnerships were also strengthened, with the Cabinet approving a memorandum of understanding for cooperation and news exchange between the Saudi Press Agency and the Iraqi News Agency.

Emphasizing sustainable development, the Cabinet granted approval, in principle, for the establishment of the Regional Center for Sustainable Development of Fisheries Resources. Additionally, the National Development Fund’s accession to the World Economic Forum was also approved.

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