The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet's session held at Al-Yamamah Palace here today.
At the outset of the session, the King briefed the Cabineton the results of his meeting with the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republicof Pakistan Imran Khan reviewing prospects of bilateral cooperation, anddiscussing international efforts towards latest regional and internationaldevelopments. The King also briefed the Cabinet on the results of his officialtalks with the President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine, affirming theKingdom's standing with Palestine and the rights of its people to establish anindependent state with East Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as its capital.
The Cabinet hailed the agreement, based on the talks by theCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques with the Palestinian President and thePresident's talks with His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman binAbdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, andupon the desire of the Palestinian President, to establish a Joint EconomicCommittee and the Saudi-Palestinian Business Council. It also pointed out thatthis is an extension of the support and attention by the Kingdom's leadershipto the Palestinian cause, politically and financially, and contribution to allthat benefit the two peoples.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said,following the session, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency that theCabinet addressed the condemnation of the sabotage attack on two oil plants inKhurais and Abqaiq by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Interior Ministers attheir 36th meeting in Muscat, their commending of the measures taken by allcompetent and responsible authorities in the Kingdom to deal with this blatantaggression, affirming their countries' solidarity with the Kingdom in allmeasures taken to protect its security and stability, defend its interests, andemphasizing joint security action to secure international freedom of navigationin the Arabian Gulf.
The Cabinet discussed the contents of the final statement ofthe Security and Defense Conference of the Chiefs of Staff of the GulfCooperation Council States and a number of friendly countries including, Egypt,Jordan, Pakistan, Britain, the United States of America, France, Republic ofKorea, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, New Zealand and Greece, held in Riyadh,citing emphasis on their unified position against the attacks on the Kingdom andthe targeting of economic and energy infrastructure, and their condemnation ofthese attacks, describing them as a direct challenge to the world economy andthe international community. They also expressed their full support for theKingdom's efforts to deal with these criminal acts, its right with its partnersto defend itself and deter other attacks in accordance with the internationallaw.