Cabinet touches on Kingdom-Iran deal to resume diplomatic ties
The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held Tuesday at Irqah Palace in Riyadh, touched on the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing, under the generous directives of the Kingdom's leadership and in response to the initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Cabinet discussed the deal reached on resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and affirming the principles of respect for the sovereignty of states and the non-interference in internal affairs of states, while adhering to the principles and objectives of Charters of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and International conventions and norms.
The Cabinet expressed hope of continuance in the constructive dialogue in accordance with the pillars and foundations included in the agreement, and in a way that benefits the two countries and the region in general, and enhances regional and international peace and security.
The Cabinet has also followed up on the economic developments in the Kingdom, in view of the positive results of the economic reform and fiscal discipline programs envisaged in the Saudi Vision 2030 for the national economy, which was the fastest growing at G20 level in 2022, with low inflation and sustained growth in the medium term, supported by the growth of non-oil contributors to the GDP.
The Cabinet reviewed the content of a meeting between Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman with the Prime Minister of Poland, during which they addressed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing prospects for cooperation in various areas.
The Cabinet also went over the outcome of a meeting between the Crown Prince and the chairman of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council, during which the Kingdom's continued support for the council, the Yemeni government, the people of Yemen, and efforts to achieve a comprehensive political solution under the auspices of the United Nations were reaffirmed.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Minister of Media Salman Bin Yousef Al-Dosari said that the Cabinet addressed various foreign policy issues stemming from the pivotal role Saudi Arabia has internationally, its permanent keenness to enhance security and stability in the region and the world, and its giving preference to political solutions and dialogue.
The Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom's stance in support of all international endeavors to find a political solution to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and facilitate dialogue between the two sides, and of all efforts that would alleviate the tension and suffering endured by all due to the ramifications of the crisis, especially by developing and least developed countries.
The Cabinet also highlighted the Kingdom's commitment, at the United Nations Conference in Doha, to working with the international community to support the least developed countries to help them overcome their circumstances and challenges, and drive them towards progress and development.
This is in addition to continuing to play a leading role in all development areas, regionally and internationally, by successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The minister pointed out that the Cabinet discussed several reports on international conferences hosted by the Kingdom over the past few days in order to keep pace with developments in the world, and develop and seize new opportunities through coordination, exchange of vision and cooperation.
The Cabinet approved security cooperation agreement and cooperation agreement on the arrival of pilgrims between the government of Saudi Arabia and the government of Bangladesh.
It approved the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Cook Islands at the level of non-resident ambassador, and authorized the minister of foreign affairs to sign the necessary draft protocol.
The Cabinet approved Saudi Arabia's accession to the agreement on the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in 1995, affiliated with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982.
It approved a draft declaration of intent between the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and authorizing the minister of industry and mineral resources to discuss and sign it.
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation between the government of Saudi Arabia and the government of Greece.
It approved a memorandum of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Morocco in the field of mutual recognition of Halal certificates for local products.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of media and chairman of the Saudi Broadcasting Authority to hold talks with counterparts in other countries regarding a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the radio and television field between the Saudi Broadcasting Authority and its counterparts in other countries.
It approved a cooperation memorandum between King Abdulaziz Darah of Saudi Arabia and the National Archives of Indonesia in the archiving field. It also approved — in principle — transferring King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital into an independent institution with a special non-profit nature and owned by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, under the name King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital and Research Center.