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Deputy Crown Prince chairs cabinet meeting

Deputy Crown Prince chairs cabinet meeting
18 Aug

Jeddah- SPA

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier, Advisor
and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, chaired the Cabinet's
session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Monday afternoon.

At the outset of the session, the Cabinet was briefed on the results of talks held by
the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with King
Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which dealt with overall
events taking place at regional and international arenas, particularly the situation in
the occupied Palestinian territories and efforts to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza
Strip, commending the keenness of the two countries on enhancing the prospects of
cooperation between them to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples in all
fields.

The Cabinet renewed pleadings of the Kingdom under the leadership of the Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques for states and peoples to join forces in order to confront and
eliminate the threat of terrorism through close coordination between countries  
expressing in this regard its thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques for donating one hundred million dollars to the International Centre for
Counter-Terrorism.

The Cabinet also expressed its appreciation for the Secretary General of the United
Nations Ban Ki-moon for his thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his
efforts to establish the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism and his support, as
well as mobilization of international efforts to combat and eliminate terrorism in all
regions of the world.

The cabinet then reviewed reports on the latest developments in the region, commending   
the contents of the final statement of GCC foreign ministers  and its emphasis on the
importance of concerted efforts to stop the bleeding of the peoples of the region,
protect their interests and gains and fight extremist terrorist movements in order to
enhance world security and stability.

The cabinet welcomed the unanimous approval of the UN Security Council to cut off
funding to the so-called organizations of 'Daash' and 'Alnosrah Front,' blacklisting   
people with ties to the two armed groups and threaten to impose sanctions on any person
who helps the two terrorist groups.

In this context, the Council of Ministers recalled the Royal Order that punishes
individuals who participate in hostilities outside the kingdom in any way and those
belonging to intellectual, religious or extremist currents and groups or those
classified as terrorist organizations internally, regionally or internationally, or
adopting their ideology or approach in any way.

The cabinet also commended the statement of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on
the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and its expression of deep concern over
the deteriorating situation and the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip because
of the continuing Israeli inhuman aggression and siege. The cabinet pointed out support
and assistance provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the guidance of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Palestinian brothers in the Western Bank and
Gaza Strip to alleviate the difficult conditions in which they live because of the
Israeli aggression and terrorism.

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