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  • Ahmed Saleh

King Salman chairs Riyadh Cabinet session as Two Holy Mosques Custodian

Riyadh, January 23, 2024,King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud presided over the Cabinet session in Riyadh, where discussions revolved around recent diplomatic engagements aimed at bolstering cooperation and multilateral actions. The Cabinet reviewed the outcomes of key summits, including the Non-Aligned Movement Summit, the Third South Summit of the G77 and China, and the IGAD Summit, highlighting Saudi Arabia's pivotal role in global politics and economics.

The Cabinet also addressed the Saudi delegation's participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, announcing Riyadh's hosting of a special session on "Global Cooperation, Growth, and Energy" in April. It emphasized the Kingdom's efforts in environmental preservation, climate change mitigation, and leadership in the global economic movement.

Regarding the Palestinian situation, the Cabinet expressed rejection of Israeli aggression on Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire, humanitarian aid access, and prevention of forced displacement, advocating conditions for stability and lasting peace.

Key decisions made during the session include approving a memorandum of understanding with India on electricity connection, green/clean hydrogen, and supply chains, as well as an agreement with South Korea on mutual visa exemption. The Cabinet authorized discussions on a memorandum of understanding with Cambodia on political consultations and approved the Arab Convention for the Prevention and Combating of Human Cloning.

Other approvals encompassed agreements with Oman on environmental cooperation, with CEDARE for environmental collaboration, and with China to facilitate Chinese tourist delegations to Saudi Arabia. The Cabinet also authorized discussions on a memorandum of understanding with Mauritius for promoting direct investment and approved cooperative agreements with South Korea on the future of transport and innovation.

Further decisions included mutual recognition of halal certification with Malaysia, a memorandum of understanding between the King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language and a university in the UAE, cooperation between Darah and the National Archives of India, adoption of the "Unified National Classification of Crimes for Statistical Purposes," and the merger of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Center for Language Planning and Policies with the King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language, leading to the dissolution of the center's organization.

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