Saudi cabinet gives nod for cooperation deals with the US and Britain

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The Saudi Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with authorities in the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen cooperation in a wide range of areas including education, science, entertainment, intellectual property, clean energy, and civil aviation security.

King Salman chaired the weekly session of the Cabinet at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

Minister of Civil Service and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Sulaiman Al-Hamdan said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the Cabinet was briefed on the outcome of the ongoing visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, to Egypt and his talks with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Al-Hamdan said the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s keenness on continuously pursuing its efforts to promote and protect human rights at all levels as well as to cooperate and interact positively with international human rights mechanisms.

It noted that the Kingdom ’s has made human rights’ protection and promotion a firm approach in all the measures taken as these emanate from the principles of the Islamic Shariah which protects human beings and preserves their dignity regardless of race, color or gender.

The Cabinet renewed its condemnation of the continuing human rights violations in the Eastern Ghouta, which is under the siege of the Syrian regime and its militias.

Al-Hamdan said the Cabinet authorized minister of commerce and investment or his deputy to discuss and sign MoU for cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It also authorized president of the General Audit Bureau or his deputy to discuss and sign an MoU between the bureau and the US Government Accountability Office for cooperation in the field of accounting, auditing and professional work.

The Cabinet authorized the minister of education or his deputy to discuss and sign an MoU with UK’s ministry of education in the field of scientific and educational cooperation. Similarly, the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources or his deputy was authorized to discuss and sign an MoU with UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the clean energy field.

The Cabinet authorized president of the General Entertainment Authority or his deputy to discuss and sign an MoU with UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for cooperation in the field of entertainment. It also authorized the minister of transport or his deputy to discuss and sign a memorandum of cooperation between General Authority of Civil Aviation and UK’s ministry of transport in the field of civil aviation security.

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