Arab News, Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 | Jamadi Al Awwal 28,1439
King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise
The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd
Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for
a nation’s identity and values.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Cabinet
also praised the king’s comment that respect for the diversity and specialty of
each culture was a key to peaceful coexistence between nations.
At the local level, the Cabinet expressed thanks to King Salman for his support
for provision of desalinated water from mobile stations to meet the growing
demand for desalinated water in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet praised the Saline Water Conversion Corp., which raised production
of desalinated water in the past two years from 3.5 to 5 million cubic meters
per day without an increase in capital costs.
At a regional level, the Cabinet condemned the Assad regime’s continued bombing
of the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta in Syria and its use of chemical
weapons. The step represents a flagrant violation of international law and
ignores global efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, the Cabinet said.
The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s condolences to the Russian government
and people following the crash of a civilian aircraft which claimed the lives of
more than 70 passengers.
Later, the Cabinet approved two agreements to protect environmental and air
services between the Kingdom and Jordan and Mauritius, respectively.