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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman leads Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah

Jeddah, July 25, 2023, In a display of his esteemed position, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, took charge of the Cabinet session that took place earlier today at the illustrious Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. During a recent Cabinet meeting, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, along with HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, provided a comprehensive update on their recent diplomatic engagements with various state leaders. The primary objective of these talks was to strengthen communication and consultation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other nations. Additionally, the discussions aimed to foster coordination across all levels, including the pursuit of multilateral initiatives. The Cabinet has expressed its admiration for the results of the 18th Consultative Meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the GCC-Central Asia Summit. These significant gatherings, held under the leadership of the Kingdom, are anticipated to bring about substantial advancements and fortify collaborative efforts among Gulf nations. The meetings aim to foster closer ties between the two regions across a multitude of domains, including regional and international security, stability, and the collective response to global challenges. In a recent statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and Acting Minister of Media, Bandar AlKhorayef, highlighted the commendation received by the Cabinet for the Kingdom's significant contribution to global initiatives aimed at addressing the impact of climate change. The Cabinet acknowledged Saudi Arabia's efforts to reduce emissions through the adoption of a diversified energy mix and the promotion of clean technologies, including renewable energy and hydrocarbons. Furthermore, the Kingdom's commitment to maintaining its leadership position in the production and export of clean hydrogen was emphasized. During a recent Cabinet meeting, the Kingdom's participation in the UN High-Level Political Forum 2023 was thoroughly examined. The forum shed light on the remarkable strides made by the Kingdom in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aligning with the ambitious Vision 2030. Key areas of focus included human development, healthcare, economic diversification, and noteworthy accomplishments and ongoing projects aimed at fostering a prosperous and sustainable future for the Kingdom. In its latest report, the Kingdom expressed its strong condemnation of the repeated acts against Islam in Sweden and Denmark. These actions, deemed disgraceful, have been flagged as a blatant violation of laws and customs, going against international endeavors to promote tolerance, moderation, and the rejection of hatred. During a recent Cabinet meeting, Al-Khorayef, a prominent figure, highlighted the key points discussed. One of the notable topics was the outcome of the International Conference on Development and Migration, which took place in Rome. During the conference, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reiterated its commitment to supporting the United Nations' endeavors in addressing security and development challenges. Furthermore, the Kingdom called upon the international community to collaborate and join forces in tackling these pressing issues. During a recent Cabinet meeting, various pressing matters were brought to the attention of government officials. These issues, which were also examined by the Shura Council, included a comprehensive review of the decisions made by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, the Council of Political and Security Affairs, as well as the Cabinet's General Committee and Bureau of Experts. The Cabinet members were briefed on these matters, ensuring a thorough understanding of the agenda at hand. In a recent development, the Cabinet has made a series of significant decisions. In a significant development, the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Iraq have come together to approve a memorandum of security cooperation. This collaborative effort aims to enhance the bilateral ties between the two nations and strengthen their joint efforts in maintaining security and stability. In a significant development, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted authorization to the Minister of Culture, or a designated deputy, to engage in discussions with the Algerian side. The purpose of these discussions is to deliberate on a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Culture and Arts of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. This move highlights the growing efforts to foster collaboration and strengthen cultural ties between the two nations. In a significant development, the Minister of Tourism, or a designated deputy, has been granted the authority to engage in discussions with officials from the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism of the Republic of Montenegro. The purpose of these discussions is to deliberate on a draft memorandum of understanding aimed at fostering cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism of the Republic of Montenegro. This move highlights the growing interest of both nations in strengthening ties within the tourism sector. In a significant development, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken a decisive step towards strengthening bilateral relations with the Republic of Iraq. The Saudi Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, or a designated deputy, has been granted the authority to engage in discussions with their Iraqi counterparts. The purpose of these discussions is to deliberate on a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Environment of Iraq. This move highlights the commitment of both nations to foster cooperation in the realms of environmental conservation and agricultural development. In a significant development, the Saudi Arabian government has taken a crucial step towards strengthening bilateral trade relations with China. The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture has been granted the authority to engage in discussions with their Chinese counterparts regarding a draft protocol. This protocol aims to establish health requirements for the export of Saudi Arabian products to China. This move highlights the Kingdom's commitment to expanding its export market and fostering closer ties with one of the world's largest economies. In a significant development, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted authorization to the Minister of Investment, or a designated deputy, to engage in discussions with the Iraqi side. The purpose of these discussions is to deliberate on a draft agreement between the two governments pertaining to the investment of the esteemed Public Investment Fund in the Republic of Iraq. This move highlights the growing interest of Saudi Arabia in exploring investment opportunities in Iraq. In a significant development, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken a step towards strengthening its bilateral relations with the Republic of Djibouti. The Saudi Cabinet has approved the amendment of the model agreement between Saudi Arabia and other nations, which focuses on the reciprocal encouragement and protection of investments. This move, as per Cabinet Decision No. 387 issued on Rajab 14, 1443 Hijri, grants the Minister of Investment, or a designated deputy, the authority to sign a draft agreement with Djibouti. The agreement aims to foster mutual support and safeguard investments between the two countries. In a significant development, the Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Australian Taxation Office have come together to approve a memorandum of understanding on tax management. This collaborative effort aims to enhance cooperation and streamline tax-related processes between the two nations. The memorandum of understanding signifies a crucial step towards fostering stronger bilateral ties in the realm of taxation. In a significant development, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken a decisive step towards enhancing air transport services. The government has authorized the Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, or a designated deputy, to sign a draft agreement with the government of Barbados. This agreement aims to foster cooperation and collaboration in the field of air transport services between the two nations. In a significant development, the Saudi Broadcasting Authority and the China Media Group have come together to forge a partnership aimed at enhancing collaboration in the realms of radio and television. This momentous occasion marks the approval of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two esteemed organizations. In a significant development, the Saudi Arabian government has taken a decisive step towards enhancing bilateral cooperation in the field of technical vocational training. The Ministry of Education, in conjunction with the Technical Vocational Training Corporation, has authorized the Minister of Education, or a designated representative, to engage in discussions with their Singaporean counterparts. The aim of these talks is to establish a draft memorandum of understanding between the Technical Vocational Training Corporation of Saudi Arabia and the Institute of Technical Education of Singapore. This move highlights the commitment of both nations to foster collaboration and exchange expertise in the crucial area of vocational education. In a significant development, the Presidency of State Security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar State Security have come together to combat and address the pressing issue of terrorism. This collaboration was solidified with the approval of a memorandum of cooperation, marking a crucial step towards enhancing regional security. The memorandum focuses specifically on tackling the financing of terrorism, a critical aspect in the fight against this global menace. This joint effort between Saudi Arabia and Qatar underscores the growing recognition of the need for collective action to counter terrorism and promote stability in the region. In a recent development, it has been announced that the provisions of the Regulations of Domestic Workers and Those of Similar Status, as outlined in Cabinet Decision No. 310 on Ramadan 7, 1434 Hijri, will remain in effect. This decision comes with the exception of any relevant regulatory provisions. The continuation of these regulations will persist until the new Regulation on the Category of Domestic Workers and Those of Similar Status is implemented. This new regulation is set to be issued in accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 7 of the Labor By-law. In a significant development, the government has announced an amendment to the Organizational Arrangements for Documents and Archives Centers of government apparatuses. This amendment, which comes under Cabinet Decision No. 9 issued on Muharram 2, 1438 Hijri, specifically focuses on Item 1 of the aforementioned arrangements. The revised text now states that each government apparatus will be required to establish a documentation and archives center, known as the Documentation and Archives Center, at its headquarters. The administrative liaison for this center will be determined by the head of the apparatus. Additionally, the amendment allows for the establishment of sub-documents and archives centers in sectors and branches of government apparatuses as deemed necessary. This amendment aims to enhance the management and preservation of important documents and archives within government entities. By ensuring the presence of dedicated centers, the government seeks to streamline the handling of crucial information and facilitate access to it when needed. The decision also recognizes the need for sector-specific centers in order to cater to the unique requirements of different government branches. This move underscores the government's commitment to efficient governance and effective information management. It is expected to contribute to improved transparency, accountability, and accessibility of government records. In a recent development, the appointment of Eng. Badr bin Abdullah Al-Dulami as the CEO of the General Authority for Roads has been approved. This decision comes as the fifteenth assignment for the Vice Minister of Transport and Logistics for Road Affairs, highlighting his extensive experience and expertise in the field. Al-Dulami's new role as CEO will undoubtedly bring fresh perspectives and insights to the General Authority for Roads as it continues to navigate the challenges and opportunities in the realm of transportation and logistics. In a groundbreaking move, the establishment of the "International Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Ethics" has been announced. This pioneering institution, set to be headquartered in Riyadh, will operate with full legal personality and enjoy complete financial and administrative independence. In a recent development, the final accounts of several prominent entities have been accredited for the previous financial year. These entities include the General Food Security Authority, the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority, the Saudi Ports Authority, and Al-Baha University. The accreditation process signifies an important step in ensuring transparency and accountability within these organizations. In a recent development, an appointment and promotions at the 15th and 14th ranks have been granted approval by the authorities. This significant decision, made on the eighteenth day, marks a notable advancement within the organization. During its latest session, the Cabinet diligently examined a range of pressing matters on its agenda and subsequently implemented the requisite measures to address them.



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