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King Salman heads Saudi Arabia’s first in-person Cabinet session since pandemic

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz headed on Tuesday the first in-person Cabinet meeting in Riyadh since COVID-19 disrupted activities globally.

The Council of Ministers met at the al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss a range of events from recent leaps made in bilateral ties with a number of countries, including Sudan, to the latest Iran-backed Houthi attacks against the Kingdom and the UAE.

Photo shows Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz heading the first in-person Cabinet meeting in Riyadh since COVID-19 disrupted activities globally. January 25, 2022. (SPA)
Photo shows Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz heading the first in-person Cabinet meeting in Riyadh since COVID-19 disrupted activities globally. January 25, 2022. (SPA)

According to the report published by SPA, the council explored the outcomes of South Korean President Moon Jae-in visit to Saudi Arabia, which coincided with the announcement of LG setting up its regional headquarters in the Kingdom.

The report also said that the two countries would “support and enhance” ties to facilitate mutually beneficial regional and international developments across various fields.

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In a statement to SPA, the Minister of Commerce, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah al-Kassabi, said that the Council of Ministers are following the developments of the evolving situation with the Iran-backed Houthis, and reiterated the Kingdom’s “rejection and condemnation of the attacks” that is occurring against civilian targets in the Kingdom and the Emirates.

The information minister also called on the international community, “especially the Security Council, to put an end to this aggressive behavior” in order to preserve international peace and security.

In contrast, the Council spotlighted the humanitarian role played by the Kingdom, represented by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action, to support Yemen through programs and projects to help “advance vital sectors, raise the level of services provided, and provide needs and conditions that support development,” according to SPA.

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