Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's Virtual Session
16 September 2020

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's Virtual Session

NEOM, September 15, 2020, SPA -- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prime Minister, chaired today the Cabinet's virtual session. At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the message he received from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also briefed the Cabinet on the phone calls with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India, which addressed the actions and efforts of the G20 to confront the effects of Coronavirus pandemic. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques affirmed the Kingdom's keenness on working with the G20 countries to serve the peoples, support the global economy and mitigate the consequences of the pandemic. The Cabinet commended the speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques delivered at the L20 Summit. The speech reiterated that the utmost current priority is overcoming the pandemic and its health, social and economic impacts; the efforts in the G20 this year are focused on several key areas, the most important of which is international collaboration in developing vaccines for COVID-19, ensuring equitable and fair access to vaccines for everyone while taking into account the needs of low income countries; and safeguarding lives and livelihood is at the top of priorities of G20 leaders. The Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on the developments of Coronavirus pandemic at local and international levels. The Cabinet also addressed the draft resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to coordinate a practical global response to combat COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Acting Minister of Information Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi commended the Kingdom's achievement of the first rank among the G20 member states in terms of competitiveness during the last three years according to the World Competitiveness Report issued by the European Center for Digital Competitiveness, attributing this achievement to the support given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince to the communications and information technology sector over the past years. This achievement reflects the qualitative leaps the Kingdom has made in terms of digital infrastructure, digital capacity development, and mega digital projects; and reflects the maturity of digital regulations derived from the Kingdom's Vision 2030. The Cabinet reviewed the latest developments regionally and internationally, including the 154th Session of Arab League Council at the Level of Foreign Ministers which addressed security, political and social developments in the Arab world. The Cabinet highlighted the Kingdom's keenness on the unity, sovereignty and integrity of Arab territories; its rejection of any threat that destabilizes the region; and its support for the Palestinian people and all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause that enables the Palestinian people to establish their independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with international legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative. Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi stated that the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's condemnation of the hostile and terrorist escalation by the terrorist Houthi militia targeting civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom with ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones in a systematic and deliberate manner. The Cabinet praised the Joint Forces of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen for confronting these threats and taking all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian objects in addition to taking necessary operational measures to stop these terrorist acts in accordance with the international humanitarian law and its customary rules. The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's strong condemnation and denunciation of bombing the convoy of the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kabul, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. The Cabinet affirmed the Kingdom's solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan against all forms of violence, terrorism and extremism, offering condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Afghanistan, and wishing the injured a speedy recovery. --SPA