Cabinet rejects UN report on Yemen

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chairs the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Saudi Gazette report

— The Council of Ministers on Tuesday declared its total rejection of the UN secretary general’s report on children in armed conflict, saying that the report contained incorrect and one-sided information and data.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chaired the weekly session of the Cabinet at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Al-Awwad said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet highlighted statements made by many Arab states and Arab and Islamic organizations and institutions to reaffirm their total rejection of the report.

The King briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of his visit to Russia during which he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, senior Russian officials, and presidents of Tatarstan, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and Bashkiria.

During his speeches, the King called on the international community to intensify efforts to combat extremism, fight terrorism, dry up the sources of its financing.

The King also stressed on the necessity to end the sufferings of the Palestinian people.

The King said the security and stability of the Gulf region and the Middle East were the utmost necessity to achieve global security and stability which requires that Iran stops its interference in the affairs of the countries of the region and destabilization of their security and stability.

The King also put emphasis on the importance of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, ending Syria’s crisis and preserving its unity, preserving Iraq’s unity, territorial integrity and the unification of its interior front to combat terrorism.

Embodying the Kingdom’s firm position on the issues of the region and the world, King Salman also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities with regard to Rohingya Muslims.

The Cabinet appreciated the King’s emphasis during his meeting with members of Saudi-Russian Business Council that his visit is an affirmation to move forward in serious search for joint opportunities to develop relations between the two countries in all fields.

The Cabinet commended the results of the King’s visit to Russia.

Cabinet endorses regulations for General Authority for Competition

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a recommendation of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs to change the name of the Council of Competition into the General Authority for Competition and endorsed its new organizational regulations.

According to the regulations, the Riyadh-based authority will report directly to the prime minister and may establish offices in various regions of the Kingdom as deemed necessary.

The authority is entrusted to protect and encourage fair competition, combat monopolistic practices breaching legitimate competition and maintain the competitive environment in the business sector within the framework of justice and transparency of the domestic market.

The authority will have a board of directors whose president will be appointed with the rank of a minister through a royal decree.

It will have a governor who will be appointed in the excellent rank upon nomination of its president.

The Cabinet authorized president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology or his deputy to discuss and sign with the German side a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) for scientific and technical cooperation between the two governments.

It also approved an MoU on political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, which was signed earlier in Jeddah.

Another MoU for cooperation in preventing and combating corruption between the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia was also endorsed.