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Cabinet reiterates Saudi Arabia's rejection of Israeli annexation plans
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 16 - 06 - 2020

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers on Tuesday affirmed the Kingdom's absolute support for the Palestinian people to regain their full rights and rejected the Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank, calling it a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter, the principles of the international law and the United Nations resolutions.
The virtual Cabinet session, which was chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, renewed its condemnation of the continued launch of ballistic missiles and drones by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorist militia to deliberately target civilians and civilian facilities in Saudi Arabia, stressing that these attempts are terrorist acts.
At the outset of the session, the Cabinet reviewed local and international developments on the coronavirus pandemic. It also took stock of the comprehensive health and medical care being provided to the infected cases in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet was briefed on the efforts exerted by the concerned authorities supervising the return of Saudi citizens from abroad as well as the services provided by the Saudi missions to more than 47,000 citizens who came back from 51 destinations via 250 flights.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Acting Minister of Media Majid Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet backed Saudi Arabia's call for taking a unified Islamic stance toward Israeli aggression during an extraordinary meeting of the OIC.
The Cabinet also reviewed the decisions issued by the OIC executive committee following the extraordinary meeting which emphasized the establishment of the Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as its capital.
The Cabinet backed the stance taken during the virtual meeting of G5 Sahel Alliance hosted by France that Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to support all countries against terrorism and extremism, which are a source of threat to international peace and security.
The Cabinet also reiterated the Kingdom's strong denunciation and condemnation of the terrorist bombings that took place in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Iraq, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries. The Cabinet affirmed the Kingdom's rejection of these terrorist acts in all their forms and manifestations, offering condolences to the families of the victims, governments and the peoples of these countries and wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.
The Cabinet also took the following decisions:
1. The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs — or his deputy — to discuss and sign with the Congolese side a draft general agreement for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2. The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding between Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation to regulate the procedures for granting citizens of both countries visit visa.
3. The Cabinet authorized Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance — or his deputy — to discuss and sign with the Djibouti side a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance of Saudi and its Djibouti counterpart to manage and operate Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Islamic Cultural Center in Djibouti.
4. The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of health between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
5. The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture — or his deputy — to discuss and sign with the Hungarian side a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of water management between the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Hungary.
6. The Cabinet approved an air services agreement between Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.
7. The Cabinet authorized the President of the Board of Grievances —or his deputy — to discuss and sign with the Burkinabe side a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of technology, training and development between the Board of Grievances of Saudi Arabia and the competent authority in Burkina Faso.
8: The Cabinet authorized the General Supervisor of the National Center for Documents and Archives — or his deputy — to discuss and sign with the Sudanese side a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of documents and archiving between the National Center for Documentation and Archives of Saudi Arabia and its counterpart in Sudan.
9. The Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation in the field of retirement between the Public Pension Agency of Saudi Arabia and the Social Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic.
10. The Cabinet amended Article (3) of King Fahd National Library Law, forming the Board of Trustees of King Fahd National Library.
11. The Cabinet approved the implementation of the decision of the GCC Supreme Council issued during the 40th Session, adopting the 2020 Environmental Trends in GCC Countries: Requirements of the Current Environmental Situation.
12. The Cabinet approved the establishment of a real estate developer services center to provide services to real estate developers of residential projects.
13. The Cabinet approved a request submitted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea to open Saudi-Korea Vision Realization Office in Riyadh.
14. The Cabinet approved the Unified Saudi Occupational Classification.
15. The Cabinet reformed the Board of Directors of the Social Development Bank and renewed the membership of a number of its members.
16. The Cabinet approved the tasks related to human rights assigned to the legal departments of government bodies.
17. The Cabinet reformed the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Development Fund, and renewed the membership of a number of its members.
18. The Cabinet approved the Tourism Development Fund Law.

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