By Arab News
Saudi Arabia vowed to stand firm against terrorism during a Cabinet meeting in Jeddah on Monday.
Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif chaired the Council of Ministers at Al-Salam Palace.
He offered condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on the martyrdom of 15 people who died during a suicide bombing at the Special Emergency Forces Center Mosque in Asir on Thursday.
The martyrs included trainees who had enrolled for courses designed for the service of pilgrims.
“The bombing revealed the extent of hatred these criminals harbor as well as their utter disregard for the sanctity of the house of Allah and the lives of innocent people,” he said.
“They (the terrorists) are devoid of all religious, moral and human values and their deviant thoughts have no link with Islam.”
He said these acts will not affect the Kingdom and the unity of its people.
“Saudi Arabia will remain a place of security and stability; and these terrorist acts being carried out by Khawarijites (outlaws) will not discourage security men from confronting all those who try to tamper with the security of the homeland,” he said.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Culture and Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi said that the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s thanks and appreciation to the brotherly and friendly countries, their officials, Islamic and international organizations, scholars, sheikhs and citizens for condemning the terrorist act.
The culture and information minister said that the Cabinet praised the depth of relations between Saudi Arabia and Jordan under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and King Abdallah.
In this regard, the Cabinet was briefed on the results of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Jordan.
The Cabinet emphasized the content of the joint statement which was issued during the visit.
The Cabinet congratulated Egypt on the opening of the new Suez Canal project.
The Cabinet stressed the importance of the project for facilitating global maritime navigation.