Riyadh – On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian Cabinet reviewed progress towards normalising ties with Iran and approved a number of memoranda of understanding in a variety of sectors, including tourism, energy, and agriculture.
The Cabinet was informed about a phone contact between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Kuwait, who discussed matters of mutual interest and reviewed bilateral relations, at the beginning of the session, which was presided over by King Salman.
The Cabinet made a number of decisions, among them the adoption of numerous Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with nations like China, Turkiye, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Congo.
The reopening of diplomatic ties with Iran was one of the subjects covered in the conversation. The Cabinet emphasised the significance of monitoring these plans’ progress in order to build mutual confidence and broaden the scope of collaboration in order to ensure security and stability in the area.
The Cabinet also accepted a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on clean hydrogen energy between the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy.
Additionally, discussions were held to write a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture of the Kingdom and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.
To advance their mutual collaboration in the area of tax administration, the two nations have approved another MoU. The agreement will make it possible for China’s General Tax Authority and the Kingdom’s Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority to collaborate more closely.
The Cabinet also talked on extending cooperation with Turkiye through a memorandum of understanding in the area of energy.
The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture of the Kingdom and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Technical Supervision in Kyrgyzstan both approved an MoU at the ministerial meeting about environmental protection.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the tourism industry was also reached between the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom and the Costa Rica Tourism Institute.
The Cabinet approved an MoU with Thailand to promote investment and advance cooperation in the area of investments.
Finally, the Cabinet gave the go-ahead to execute an agreement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on air transport services.