King Salman leads Cabinet session in Riyadh
Riyadh, October 24, 2023, The Cabinet session held in Riyadh was presided over by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During the session, the Cabinet received updates on recent diplomatic engagements by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It praised the official visits to Saudi Arabia by leaders of Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia, highlighting the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed to enhance cooperation.
The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the outcomes of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Riyadh Summit, co-chaired by the Crown Prince and the President of Indonesia. The summit's results are expected to strengthen collaboration between GCC and ASEAN countries.
Moreover, the Cabinet discussed the situation in Gaza and decried violence targeting civilians. It called for immediate efforts to halt military operations and de-escalate the situation to preserve regional and global security.
The Cabinet noted Saudi Arabia's selection to host the 26th meeting of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) General Assembly in 2025 and its re-election as president of the WTO Executive Council, recognizing the Kingdom's leadership in the tourism sector.
Congratulations were extended to the recipients of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World, which promotes environmental protection, sustainable development, and innovative solutions to challenges.
Additionally, the Cabinet addressed agreements signed between the public and private sectors at the Supply Chain and Logistics Conference 2023 in Riyadh, expected to enhance sector efficiency and investment opportunities.
Several decisions were made during the session, including approving the establishment of diplomatic relations with Bhutan, authorizing discussions on memorandums of understanding for economic cooperation with South Africa and Senegal, and approving joint declarations of intent related to corruption prevention. Furthermore, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Human Rights Commission and the Qatari Ministry of Labor to combat human trafficking. It also amended Article 51 of the Code of Law Practice to enable foreign law firms to provide consultations related to Saudi laws.