Saudi Arabia seeks to build ties with global space authorities

Cabinet reiterates Saudi Arabia’s denunciation of offensive cartoons of Prophet Muhammad

October 28, 2020

Saudi Gazette report

NEOM — Saudi Arabia is keen on forging ties with competent global authorities to launch space vehicles, build satellite systems and work to enhance space security, the Cabinet observed.

The Cabinet referred in this regard to the Kingdom’s call before the meeting held at the United Nations on the peaceful use of outer space. In the meeting, Saudi Arabia called for concerted international efforts to lay the necessary foundations to ensure that outer space is used for scientific and peaceful purposes.

In a virtual session chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any attempt to link Islam with terrorism and its denunciation of the offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Acting Minister of Media Majid Al-Qasabi said the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's strong condemnation of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia’s continued attacks targeting civilians and civilian facilities in the Kingdom, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and its customary rules.

At the outset of the session, the Cabinet appreciated the contents of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' speech at the conclusion of the Women 20 (W20). The speech confirmed that the G20, presided over by Saudi Arabia, has demonstrated its ability to lead international efforts and joint work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and serve humanity.

The Cabinet also pointed out that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques affirmed in his speech during the final communique of the Business 20 (B20) that many of the B20 priorities represent common pillars with the current transformations in the Kingdom through its Vision 2030, and a general goal of the Kingdom's presidency of the G20.

The Cabinet highlighted the crown prince speech at the opening of the Global AI Summit, and its emphasis on the Kingdom's endeavor to become a leading meeting place for the world, embracing artificial intelligence and harnessing its capabilities and potentials for the good of all humanity.

The Cabinet also discussed the outcome of the G20 anti-corruption ministerial meeting aimed at establishing a global network of operations for law enforcement authorities concerned with combating corruption and strengthening frameworks of communication and exchange of information and knowledge.

The Cabinet followed up on the reports and developments of the coronavirus pandemic at the local and international levels, and the Kingdom's contributions in relation to global research to reach a safe vaccine, and to ensure that it is available as soon as its effectiveness is fully confirmed.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's aspiration that the signing of the Libyan joint military commissions of a permanent ceasefire agreement in Libya, under the auspices of the United Nations, would pave the way for the success of the understandings on the political and economic tracks, to contribute to the inauguration of a new era that achieves security, peace, and stability for Libya and its brotherly people.

The Cabinet expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist bombing that targeted an educational center west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, and resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries, stressing that the Kingdom stands by Afghanistan against all forms of violence, terrorism and extremism, and its rejection of these criminal acts.

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