King’s visit bolstered strategic ties: Cabinet

King’s visit bolstered strategic ties: Cabinet

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chairs the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Monday. — SPA
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chairs the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Monday. — SPA

RIYADH —  The Council of Ministers on Monday emphasized that the recent visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Japan and China was instrumental in further bolstering strategic partnership between the Kingdom and the Asian economic giants.

King Salman chaired the weekly session of the Cabinet at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh.

At the outset of the session, the King briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of his tour to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan and China during which he held official talks and meetings with leaders and senior officials of these countries.

The King appreciated keenness shown during these talks on strengthening bilateral relations and promoting them to broader prospects to serve their common interests, as well as the identical viewpoints shared by both sides on regional and international issues in a way serving global peace and security.

Adel Al-Turaifi, minister of culture and information, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet specially noted the King’s historic visit to Japan and his meetings with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The official talks, exchange of views and signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding reflected the historic relations and emerging of a new partnership with the launching of the Saudi–Japanese Vision 2030.

The Cabinet also emphasized that the King’s visit to China showed signs of development in comprehensive strategic partnership and strengthening the existing institutional framework for relations so as to push it toward broader horizons serving the interests of both the nations.

Al-Turaifi said the Cabinet thanked the King for his order to include, all young Saudi men and women who pursue their studies in Japan and China at their personal expense, in the King’s Foreign Scholarship Program.

The Cabinet also lauded the outcome of the recent visit of Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, to the United States and his meeting with President Donald Trump and other senior officials.

“The talks held with Trump and others would contribute to further deepening the historic and strategic relations between the two countries and bilateral cooperation in various fields to serve the interests of both nations,” the Cabinet noted.

The Cabinet expressed its keenness in mobilizing all its human and material resources to serve and ensure the safety and security of the Haj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the holy mosques from all parts of the world.

It also lauded the new campaign titled the “Nation Free of Violators,” launched by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior.

It noted that the Campaign, which has been approved by King Salman, comes within the King’s wish to correct the status of violators of the residency (iqama), labor and border security regulations.

The amnesty also aims to help whoever wants to rectify his violation and be exempted from penalties.

Al-Turaifi said the Cabinet also praised the Border Guards for their success in foiling several terrorist attempts to plant land mines on the southern border as well as to smuggle in weapons, ammunition and drugs from across the border.