Saudi Cab­i­net calls for so­cial me­dia ac­count­abil­ity to curb ex­trem­ism King opens key projects in Alkho­bar

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They in­clude hospi­tal de­vel­op­ments with hun­dreds of new beds for pa­tients as well as en­vi­ron­ment, wa­ter and agri­cul­ture projects.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the king said: “I am very pleased to be among you to­day to cel­e­brate these projects that will serve our coun­try and cit­i­zens.”

The king said that the King­dom is blessed with se­cu­rity, tran­quil­ity and pros­per­ity and that “our cit­i­zens come to­gether as one.”

Health Min­is­ter Taw­fiq Al-Rabiah high­lighted health projects, which in­clude a chil­dren and ma­ter­nity hospi­tal in Dam­mam with a ca­pac­ity of 500 beds, Saud bin Jalawi Hospi­tal in Al-Ahsa with a ca­pac­ity of 300 beds, King Faisal Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Al-Ahsa with a ca­pac­ity of 200 beds and Al-Om­ran Gen­eral Hospi­tal with a ca­pac­ity of 100 beds.

King Sal­man and at­ten­dees later watched a vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion about the min­istry’s pro­grams. The king then in­au­gu­rated the health projects as well as en­vi­ron­ment, wa­ter and agri­cul­ture projects.

The Saudi Cab­i­net, chaired by King Sal­man at Al-Az­iziyah Palace in Alkho­bar Mon­day, con­demned the re­cent deadly ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Turkey and Egypt.

The Cab­i­net also un­der­lined the need to en­sure more le­git­i­macy and ac­count­abil­ity in us­ing so­cial me­dia net­works, which will go a long way in curb­ing ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism.

The Cab­i­net ex­pressed sor­row over the ex­plo­sion that killed and wounded sev­eral in­no­cent peo­ple out­side the gov­er­nor’s of­fice in the south­ern Turk­ish city of Adana.

In an­other in­ci­dent, a bomb blast in the south­east­ern Turk­ish prov­ince of Sir­nak killed at least two chil­dren and wounded sev­eral. An­other tar­get of ter­ror was the Si­nai in Egypt, where more than 12 sol­diers were killed, re­port­edly by Daesh.

The Cab­i­net reaf­firmed the King­dom’s stand and sol­i­dar­ity with Egypt and Turkey in the fight against ter­ror­ism, ex­press­ing its sin­cere con­do­lences and sym­pa­thy to the fam­i­lies of the victims and wish­ing a speedy re­cov­ery for the wounded.

At the out­set of the Cab­i­net ses­sion, King Sal­man thanked Al­lah for “the de­vel­op­ment, growth and pros­per­ity” of the King­dom, es­pe­cially the East­ern Prov­ince, stress­ing that “the na­tion is pro­ceed­ing on right track to achieve pros­per­ity for cit­i­zens and for the na­tion.”

King Sal­man briefed the Cab­i­net on the re­sults of his meet­ing with the king of Swe­den, the tele­phone call re­ceived from King Ha­mad bin Isa Al-Khal­ifa of Bahrain, and the in­vi­ta­tion re­ceived from Bahrain to par­tic­i­pate in the GCC sum­mit.

Adel Al-To­raifi, min­is­ter of cul­ture and in­for­ma­tion, said in a state­ment that the Cab­i­net com­mended var­i­ous sci­en­tific and eco­nomic con­fer­ences hosted by the King­dom dur­ing the past weeks. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the first con­fer­ence or­ga­nized on the so­cial me­dia that called for le­git­i­mate con­trol and use of the so­cial net­works “to fight ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism.”

The Cab­i­net also un­der­lined the King­dom’s host­ing of 14th In­ter­na­tional Arab Con­fer­ence for Min­eral Re­sources, and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing ex­hi­bi­tion un­der the theme “Arab Min­eral Re­sources, Strate­gic Re­sources and Promis­ing In­vest­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Cab­i­net lauded the sign­ing of the pact for im­ple­ment­ing a nutri­tion pro­gram to counter mal­nu­tri­tion in Hodei­dah re­gion of Ye­men at a cost of $10 mil­lion.

The agree­ment was signed by KSRelief in Rome with the World Food Pro­gram that would ad­dress the risk of acute mal­nu­tri­tion for chil­dren un­der five. The Cab­i­net noted that emer­gency food aid is be­ing pro­vided for more than 464,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Hodei­dah for the last six months.

The Cab­i­net com­mended the ef­forts that led to the ar­rest of a man who shot at sol­diers in Tabuk, and seven other sus­pects in con­nec­tion to the case. One sol­dier was killed in the shootout. The Cab­i­net also ex­pressed its ap­pre­ci­a­tion for “the high skills and the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of se­cu­rity agen­cies that led to the foil­ing of sev­eral ter­ror plots and plans.”

RIYADH: Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques King Sal­man on Mon­day in­au­gu­rated a num­ber of key de­vel­op­ment projects in Alkho­bar in Saudi Ara­bia’s East­ern Prov­ince.

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