| 7 December 2023, Thursday |

Saudi Cabinet reviews developments on agreement to resume relations with Iran

Approving multiple memoranda of agreements in fields including tourism, energy, agriculture, Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet reviewed developments to resume relations with Iran on Tuesday.

At the start of the session chaired by King Salman, the Cabinet was briefed on a phone call between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Kuwait, who discussed issues of common concern and reviewed bilateral relations.

The Cabinet issued various decisions, including the approval of multiple MoUs with countries including China, Turkiye, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Thailand and Congo.

Among the topics discussed was the resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran. The Cabinet stressed the importance of following up on the implementation of these plans to enhance mutual trust and expand the scope of cooperation to achieve security and stability in the region.

During the session, the Cabinet also approved an MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy and the National Energy Administration in the People’s Republic of China to work together in the field of clean hydrogen energy.

Discussions were also held to draw up an MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Another MoU was approved between the two countries to further cooperation in the field of tax administration. The agreement will allow for closer cooperation between the Kingdom’s Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority and China’s General Tax Authority.

The Cabinet also discussed the expansion of cooperation with Turkiye through an MoU in the field of energy.

The ministerial meeting also witnessed the approval of an MoU in the field of environmental protection between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Technical Supervision in Kyrgyzstan.

Other agreements included an MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Tourism and the Costa Rica Tourism Institute to cooperate in the tourism sector.

In the field of investment, the Cabinet approved an MoU with Thailand to further cooperation and encourage investment.

Lastly, the Cabinet authorized the signing of an agreement in the field of air transport services with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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