Riyadh Hails Crown Prince’s UK Visit, Condemns ongoing Airstrikes on Ghouta

Riyadh Hails Crown Prince’s UK Visit, Condemns ongoing Airstrikes on Ghouta

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 - 13:00
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs a cabinet session in Riyadh. (SPA)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The Saudi government praised on Tuesday the recent visits paid by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to Egypt and the UK, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the cabinet reviewed the discussions Prince Mohammed held with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Prime Minister Sharif Ismail, Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May and a number of officials from Egypt and the UK.

The government stressed that the talks held by the Crown Prince reflect the depth of ties that Saudi Arabia shares with each of Egypt and the UK.

His meetings will help develop these relations and bolster them for the future. They also reflect a mutual goal by both sides to deepen cooperation in all fields and bolster regional and international security and stability.

The cabinet highlighted the joint statement that was issued by Riyadh and Cairo at the end of Prince Mohammed’s visit last week, noting the talks that covered political, security, military, cultural, educational, touristic, trade and investment affairs.

It similarly hailed the joint statement that was released at the end of his trip to London on Friday. The statement, said the cabinet, highlighted the strategic partnership between Riyadh and London in supporting Vision 2030 and other issues of common interest, reported SPA.

In addition, the government praised the inauguration of the UK-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council, which was kicked off by Prince Mohammed and May on Wednesday.

Addressing Arab developments, the Saudi cabinet condemned the ongoing airstrikes and violation of human rights in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave.

It lamented the failure of the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 2401 that demanded all sides to commit to a 30-day ceasefire in order to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.

The Saudi government stressed that the Syrian crisis can be resolved through political means, according to the UN-sponsored Geneva peace talks and Security Council resolution 2254.

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