The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.
At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on his phone call with Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait; the phone call received from President Nicolas Maduro of the Republic of Venezuela in which he expressed his thanks for the agreement between OPEC countries and other producing countries from outside the organization; and the outcomes of his meetings with United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Chief of Pakistani Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet stressed the annual address of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in inaugurating the works of the first year of the seventh session of the Shura Council and its contents of the firm fundamentals with respect to the Kingdom's internal and external policy, its aspirations for greater stability, prosperity, diversification of sources of income and raising the society's productivity to achieve development to meet the needs of the present and preserve the right of future generations, and pursue the approach of cooperation with the international community to achieve world peace and promote interaction with peoples to consolidate the values of tolerance and joint coexistence. The Cabinet stressed that the King's directive to the Shura Council on keenness on the interests of the homeland and its citizens, to consult with officials in various agencies and the cooperation of officials with the Cabinet which embodies the King's attention and care for the homeland's citizens, his appreciation to the Council for its distinguished efforts and his great hopes attach to its works.
The Cabinet reviewed various Arab and international efforts on the latest developments in the region, especially the heinous massacres being committed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which are considered as war crimes against humanity, noting in this context the numerous contacts made by the Kingdom recently with regional and international active parties and sisterly and friendly states in which it expressed its positions and the importance of the immediate movement to stop these massacres.