Saudi Arabia on Monday welcomed the founding of the new Republic of South Sudan and commended efforts of the Bahraini leadership to start a national dialogue in the Gulf country.
“This will contribute to the stability and security in that region besides realizing the aspirations of the Sudanese people,” the Council of Ministers said in a weekly meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.
“Expressing relief at the return of security and stability to Bahrain, the council welcomed the national dialogue initiative in Bahrain and King Hamad’s decision to form a committee to conduct independent investigations into recent incidents there,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency after the meeting.
While commending the steps taken to introduce reforms in Bahrain, the council reiterated its rejection of any external intervention that would harm the interests of Bahrain, attempts to tamper with the security of Gulf countries and to stir up trouble there, Khoja said.
The king briefed the council on discussions he had with leaders of other countries as well as his meeting with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
“The council reviewed continuing reports of turmoil in some Arab countries and reaffirmed that the Kingdom stood for the security, stability, national integrity and independence of all Arab countries. It also expressed profound sorrow at the loss of lives, including women and children, in those countries and called on everyone to heed the voice of wisdom and logic and stop the bloodshed,” the minister said.
The council also stressed the need to implement serious reforms that guarantee the rights and dignity of the Arab people, he said.
The council approved an agreement on avoiding double taxation and income tax evasion with Bangladesh and a general agreement of cooperation with Hungary.
The council also authorized the minister of commerce and industry to negotiate signing of a memorandum of understanding on industrial matters with Morocco.
Another memorandum of understanding approved by the council was to inspect ships visiting ports in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The council appointed Ruqayyah bint Suleiman Al-Olula as adviser at the Ministry of Education. Other appointments approved by the council included Saleh bin Abdul Kareem Al-Mehaimeed as undersecretary at the Northern Border province governorate, Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim Al-Hadlaq as adviser at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Saeed bin Al-Eid Al-Eid as cultural attaché at the Ministry of Higher Education.