The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday.
At the outset of the session, the King briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meeting with Sultan Abdullah bin Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia, during which they reviewed fraternal relations and prospects for continued cooperation between the two sisterly countries, and his meeting with former Prime Ministers of the Lebanese Republic Najib Mikati, Fouad Al-Siniora and Tammam Salam, and the emphasis on the Kingdom’s keenness on the security and stability of Lebanon within its Arab context.
“The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s appreciation and thanks for the support and welcome expressed by Islamic bodies of the Kingdom’s call on pilgrims to devote all times to perform the rituals of Hajj with tranquility and keep away from everything that disturbs it,” the Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member, Acting Minister of Media Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed said in a statement following the session.
He also delivered their praise for integrated and distinguished efforts and services being provided for pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors, praying to Allah Almighty to accept pilgrims’ Hajj.
The Cabinet noted in this context that the Kingdom received this year nearly 8 million Muslims who performed Umrah rituals and it will receive nearly two million pilgrims from all over the world.
In this regard, the Kingdom renewed its rejection of allegations issued by Qatari Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs that the Government of the Kingdom places obstacles for those who wish to visit the Holy Sites from Qataris or residents in Qatar to perform Hajj and Umrah rituals, which is contrary to the truth, as competent authorities in the Kingdom have prepared all means and facilitated the arrival of pilgrims and Umrah performers from all countries of the world, including the State of Qatar.
The Minister said that the Cabinet counted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ranking second among the G20 countries, in terms of the amount of radio spectrum awarded to operators in globally identified frequency bands for public mobile telecommunication services as a result of the support and empowerment being provided by the wise leadership for the ICT sector in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet also reviewed the participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in a panel discussion entitled “Promoting digital transformation and the global partnership to achieve sustainable development goals” in New York, as the speakers praised the Kingdom’s role and active partnership with the United Nations in this field, in addition to its great development in the field of information technology.
The Cabinet reviewed latest regional and international developments and expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack on a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia. It expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Somalia and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s stand with the Republic of Somalia against all forms of violence, terrorism and extremism.