RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday welcomed state leaders participating in the Gulf Cooperation Council-Central Asian countries summit  and the 18th GCC Supreme Council consultative meeting that will take place on Wednesday. 

The ministers wished them success in promoting solidarity and cooperation, for the benefit and development of the two regions.

In another arena, ministers also commended the signing of several agreements between the Kingdom and Turkiye in various fields, and the launch of the Lighthouse Initiative between Saudi Arabia and Japan for cooperation in clean energy, which will serve as a beacon to guide other countries and regions in their endeavor to develop their strategies and plans to achieve their net-zero goals.

Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia on Saturday and Monday, respectively, and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah.

During the weekly Cabinet session chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, the ministers affirmed Saudi Arabia’s keenness to consolidate economic cooperation with various countries by stimulating the government and private sectors and continuing the exchange of visits between business owners.

They also praised the outcomes of the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 roundtable meeting held on Sunday and the signing of 26 agreements in vital economic sectors, as well as what was included in the Saudi-Turkish Investment Forum in terms of inking 9 memorandums of understanding in several fields.

The officials reaffirmed the Kingdom’s continuation of its efforts in support of dialogue, tolerance, moderation and rejection of extremism.

In this regard, they welcomed the UN Human Rights Council’s adoption of the Draft Resolution on Countering Religious Hatred Constituting Incitement to Discrimination, Hostility or Violence, which was actively called for by the Kingdom and several countries.

The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s affirmation, during the meetings of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons held in The Hague, regarding its consistent policy aimed at strengthening cooperation to ban all types of weapons of mass destruction and prevent their proliferation.