Kingdom has right to defend its territories

Iran’s blatant aggression violates UN resolution: Cabinet

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman listens to a point made by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, at the Council of Ministers’ session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. — SPA

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh — The Council of Ministers chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace here on Tuesday condemned the Iranian involvement in the missile attack on Riyadh by Yemen’s Houthi militias.

The Cabinet said that the hostile act targeting populated civilian areas proved Iran’s involvement in supporting the armed Houthi militias in a clear and blatant violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

This is considered a flagrant aggression targeting neighboring countries and global and regional security and peace, the Cabinet said, stressing the Kingdom’s legitimate right to defend its territories and people as per Article 51 of the UN Charter.

Minister of Culture and Information Awad Al-Awad said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of a UN committee report saying that an international organization provided $14 million to a so-called Yemeni ministry of education, a body affiliated to the Houthi militias.

This is at a time when the Houthi militias are planting thousands of landmines inside Yemen and on Saudi borders.

The Cabinet demanded a review of this report submitted to the UN Committee.

The Cabinet valued the issuance of the royal order to form an anti-corruption supreme committee chaired by the Crown Prince.

It said that the formation of the committee will support the sustainable national development programs and consolidate the reform policy to root out corruption. It will contribute to strengthening monitoring systems and the principles of governance, accountability and justice. It will protect the rights of individuals and entities to push forward the wheels of national development, strengthen the economy, and invigorate investments in a healthy environment. All of these will guarantee the rights of the state and protect public money.

The Cabinet praised the issuance of a royal order to establish the National Authority for Cyber Security.

The Council of Ministers noted the World Bank report in which it announced that Saudi Arabia made unprecedented improvement in global rankings on Ease of Doing Business for 2018, thanks to a raft of reforms and measures introduced by the government.

These reforms and measures will contribute to improving the business environment, investment and boosting investor confidence, according to the World Bank report.

The Kingdom is among the top 20 reformist countries in the world, and the second among the best high-income in G-20 countries, in terms of implementing reforms to improve the business environment, the report noted.

The Cabinet said that Fitch Ratings Agency’s affirmation of the Kingdom’s strong credit rating at ‘A+’ with stable outlook is an indication of the effectiveness of Vision 2030 and the strength of the Saudi economy which is based on strong pillars of long-term sustainable development.