The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet's weekly session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. King Salman began the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his talks with Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, and Britain's Prince Charles; the message received from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the phone call received from King Philip VI of Spain.
The Cabinet then reviewed the latest regional and international developments, and commended the efforts of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to solve the crisis in Yemen. The Cabinet renewed its condemnation and absolute rejection of the Houthi coup and stressed the importance of supporting the efforts of all Yemeni parties that seek peaceful means to resolve their differences.
The Council of Ministers also expressed strong condemnation of the ISIS terrorist organization's criminal act of killing 21 Coptic Egyptians in Libya on Feb. 15. The Cabinet expressed its condolences to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the families of the victims and the people of Egypt. The Council also welcomed United Nations Security Council Resolution 2199 under Chapter VII.
The Cabinet then approved a security cooperation agreement with Spain which was signed in Jeddah on May 18, 20