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Saudi Arabia Renews Support to Int’l Efforts to Combat Extremism

Saudi Arabia Renews Support to Int’l Efforts to Combat Extremism

Tuesday, 20 September, 2022 - 16:30
King Salman chairs the cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)

The Saudi government reiterated on Tuesday the Kingdom's support to international efforts aimed at combating extremism.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Jeddah.

The ministers underscored Saudi Arabia’s speech at the Seventh Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held in Kazakhstan. There, it expressed its stance on fighting extremism and highlighted its effective contribution to bolstering communication between civilizations and cultures through its message of Islam, which is based on peace, justice, tolerance and moderation.

The cabinet was briefed on the messages received by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the Emir of Kuwait and president of Nigeria.

It was briefed on the separate meetings held in the Kingdom between Crown Prince Mohammed and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Sabah and President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

The cabinet praised the ties that bind Saudi Arabia with various countries and peoples and its keenness on developing and bolstering them in various fields.

The ministers reviewed reports on various conferences and international and regional events that were hosted by the Kingdom over the week.

They highlighted the outcomes of the second edition of the Global AI Summit. The event witnessed the signing of 40 agreements and memorandums of understanding between the public and private sectors from Saudi Arabia and abroad and the announcement of eight local and international initiatives to boost international cooperation.

This reflects Saudi Arabia’s keenness to benefit from the AI sector to achieve development and become a leading global model in building knowledge economies to serve present and future generations and achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The cabinet welcomed the establishment of the headquarters of the Digital Cooperation Organization in Riyadh, expressing Saudi Arabia’s keenness to support all initiatives in this field, and all efforts that contribute to supporting innovation, youth, women, and entrepreneurs, and promote investment in the digital economy in accordance with national plans.

The cabinet stated that the positive assessments of the credit rating agencies on Saudi Arabia’s economy reflect the effectiveness of the economic reforms taken by the government as part of the Fiscal Sustainability Program.

The program focuses on developing the medium-term fiscal planning mechanism to sustain public finances and achieve a balanced budget, while maintaining economic growth rates through diversifying revenue sources, raising the efficiency of government spending, and stimulating the private sector.

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