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King Salman presided over Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace

Jeddah, August 29, 2023, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, presided over today's Cabinet meeting at Jeddah's Al-Salam Palace. The Union of Comoros, the Republic of Zambia, the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Seychelles, and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques informed the Cabinet of the messages he had sent to those presidents regarding relations and measures to further cooperation in many domains. Salman bin Yousef Al-Dosari, the Saudi Minister of Media, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the Cabinet discussed recent developments in Saudi cooperation with other nations. This stems from the Kingdom's desire to take collective action and consolidate the multilateral approach to help overcome shared challenges and ensure security and stability that support development and economic progress. The G20's innovative efforts and the steps outlined in Vision 2030 to further integrate the Saudi economy into regional and global networks demonstrate Saudi Arabia's significant interest in collaboration and trade integration for the prosperity of the global economy, which was reiterated by the Cabinet. The Cabinet also emphasized the nation's interest in fostering new and promising industries as well as increasing its economic and developmental contributions, citing the introduction of the master logistics center plan as an example. This plan aims to strengthen the Kingdom's connection to the global market by utilizing its advantageous location between three significant continents. Following briefings on several items on its agenda, the Cabinet made the following decisions: First: approving the establishment of diplomatic relations at the level of non-resident ambassador between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and each of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Independent State of Samoa, the Republic of Nauru, the Republic of Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Second: giving the foreign affairs minister or a deputy the authority to sign the necessary draft protocols Second: Endorsing a memorandum of agreement on Islamic issues between the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council and the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Issues, Dawah, and Guidance Third: providing the Indonesian side with permission to discuss a draft memorandum of agreement for cooperation in the area of mineral resources with the industry and mineral resources minister, or a deputy. Fourth: giving permission for the investment minister or a representative to speak with the Slovak side about a draft memorandum of agreement for cooperation in the area of promoting direct investment between the two nations. A draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi organization and the Singapore Standards Council may be discussed with the Singaporean side by the minister of commerce and the governor of the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization, or by a representative. Sixth: Approval of a deal to prevent double taxation and outlaw income tax evasion between the governments of Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Seventh: Giving permission for the chairman of the Saudi Space Agency and minister of communications and information technology, or a representative, to speak with the Japanese side about a draft memorandum of understanding between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan for cooperation in the peaceful use of space. A draft memorandum of understanding for social insurance cooperation between the General Organization for Social Insurance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Deposit and Management Fund of Morocco, as well as a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of social insurance between Jordan and Morocco, are both authorized to be discussed with the Moroccan and Jordanian sides. The draft United Nations Convention on the International Effects of Judicial Sales of Ships should be signed by the chairman of the National Competitiveness Center and the minister of trade, or their designee. The Agricultural Development Fund The by-law is approved in tenth place. Eleventh: Instead of tying the payment of financial extracts for contracts for providing vehicle transport services to the document approved by the Transport General Authority for each transport trip, government entities are required to check the availability of operating cards issued by the Transport General Authority for vehicles with a total weight of over 3,500 kilograms when contracting with a carrier. The Saudi Institute of Internal Auditors' By-Law was amended by Cabinet Decision No. 84, which was issued on Rabi I 25, 1432 Hijri. Thirteenth: Approval of two promotions at the ranks of 15th–14th The Cabinet also went over a number of items on its agenda and took the required actions.

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