Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud chairs the cabinet session. (SPA)

August 19, 2020

The Saudi government reiterated on Tuesday the Kingdom’s call on the international community to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the virtual cabinet meeting from Neom.

The cabinet warned that ending the embargo “will lead to more destruction and chaos.”

The ministers also hailed the successful organization of the Hajj pilgrimage this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. It praised organizers for holding the holy rituals in complete safety and amid the necessary health precautions.

On the August 4 Beirut port blast, the government praised King Salman’s support to the brotherly Lebanese people, whereby he ordered the delivery of aid and establishment of an air bridge through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

Politically, the cabinet highlighted the closing statement of the Partners for Sustainable Peace in Sudan Declaration that was issued after the eighth friends of Sudan meeting that was hosted virtually by Saudi Arabia earlier this month. The statement stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and independence of the African country and reaching comprehensive peace that boosts its national unity and regional security.

The government also renewed its commitment to efforts aimed at restoring security, stability, peace and development in Yemen. It highlighted Saudi Arabia’s recent proposal of a mechanism aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, which was reached between the legitimate government and Southern Transitional Council in 2019.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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