Cabinet Session condemns the actions of the Iran-backed Houthi militia; welcomes the UNRWA’s appreciation of the Kingdom’s support; and approves a MoU with the UK on labour

Richard Cowley News and Events

In a Cabinet Session on 8th January 2019, chaired by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, ministers condemned the ongoing actions of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, which include the continued breach of all agreements and conventions made in Stockholm in a clear challenge to the international community; the spreading of incorrect and misguiding information about the humanitarian situation in Yemen; and the disruption of relief efforts and humanitarian support through the seizure of aid supplies, funds and donations from donor countries and humanitarian organisations in the areas it occupies.

Cabinet members also expressed the gratitude of Saudi Arabia for the appreciation conveyed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) regarding the Kingdom’s efforts and contributions to the cause. Saudi Arabia’s support, including the recent financial contribution of USD50 million, has enabled the agency to overcome its financial crisis and to continue its work in support of the Palestinian refugees in the areas of education, health and social services.

Finally, the Council of Ministers approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of labour between the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Department for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom.