Saudi Cabinet strongly denounces terror attacks in Nice, Kabul, Vienna

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Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet reiterated on Tuesday the Kingdom’s strong denunciation of terrorist attacks that took place at the University of Kabul in Afghanistan, in the French city of Nice, and in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

The Cabinet expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong rejection of such acts, targeting the lives of the innocents and destabilizing security; as they contravene all faith, beliefs, and sound human common sense. It underlined the importance of rejecting practices that create hatred, violence, and extremism in all forms.

In a virtual session chaired by King Salman; the Cabinet once again condemned and denounced the Houthi militia and its backers for the continued missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi Arabia; reaffirming that such terrorist attempts violate the international humanitarian law and its customary rules.

At the outset of the session, King Salman also briefed the Cabinet on the message he received; from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Unified international response

The Cabinet praised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ speech at the Think 20 (T20) Engagement Group; in which he stressed that saving lives and finding a vaccine for the coronavirus are the most important priorities currently.

In his speech, King Salman also said that he is looking forward to seeing the Riyadh G20 Summit contributing to reaching an agreement on solutions and initiatives that promote the G20 role in a unified international response to tackle the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19.

The Cabinet highlighted the Business 20 (B20) Summit’s recommendations that dealt with ways to revive the global economy. Besides, laying the foundations for more robust economies in facing future challenges. The Cabinet also highlighted the Summit’s proposals for G20 leaders in the fields of trade, finance, digitization, labor, and climate change. This is in order to develop an inclusive and sustainable agenda; which represents a legacy for the exceptional year 2020 and beyond.

Gradual resumption of Umrah

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Acting Minister of Media Majid Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet reviewed the efforts exerted by the authorities in preparing and implementing plans for the gradual resumption of Umrah in accordance with health procedures and protocols. The Cabinet also welcomed Umrah pilgrims coming from abroad; stressing the government’s keenness to harness all its capabilities. This is to enable them to perform their Umrah rituals in a spiritual atmosphere amid safety and security.

It followed-up the latest developments of the coronavirus pandemic at local and international levels. Besides, pointing out the praise the Kingdom earned from the World Health Organization; and other relevant international organizations for effectively and efficiently dealing with the pandemic.

The Cabinet also underlined the importance of combating corruption in all its forms and manifestations. As it is essential for the progress and development of the country. In this regard, the Cabinet appreciated the efforts being exerted to rein in corruption.