King Salman Chairs Cabinet Session
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.
At the outset of the session, King Salman briefed the Cabinet on his phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the phone call received from President Vladimir Putin of Russia; the message received from President Joko Widodo of Indonesia; and the outcomes of his meetings with Member of the British parliament from the conservative Party Rehman Chishti and members of the British parliament, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Secretary General of Gulf cooperation Council for Arab States Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, and the heads of agencies responsible for protection of integrity and anti-corruption of the Council.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's appreciation to all those who expressed their full support for the decision of the Kingdom to halt its scheduled aid for arming the Lebanese army and the remaining of the aid allocated to Lebanese Internal Security forces. This is due to the Lebanese government’s stances against the Kingdom at Arab, regional and international platforms in light of the so-called Lebanese Hezbollah’s confiscation of the will of the State.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's strong condemnation of the terrorist attack that took place in Ankara, reconfirming the Kingdom's firm positions on rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
The Cabinet hailed the stages of readiness and administrative and logistic capabilities provided by the concerned bodies for the success of "Raad Al-Shamal" maneuvers, which are considered the largest military exercises in the history of the Middle East, expressing hope that these maneuvers achieve the scheduled targets.
The Cabinet welcomed the statement issued by the third extraordinary meeting of Information Ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It emphasized the importance of activating the role of media agencies. It also issued a statement condemning the indiscriminate attacks launched by Houthi militias and forces loyal to the deposed President against civilians in the southern border regions of the Kingdom.