The Cabinet held its weekly session at Seif Palace on Monday under chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Following the session, Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah stated that the ministers kicked off the session, examining a common message from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Jose Barroso, Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and Dr. Seth Berkley, GAVI’S Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The joint message invites His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the virtual GAVI Global Vaccine Summit due on June 2, 2021 — themed “One World Protected.” It will be co-hosted by Japan and GAVI. The forthcoming summit, among various objectives, is designed to address the issue of inequality in distribution of vaccines against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to nations of the globe. The ministers were informed that His Highness the Amir designated the foreign minister to participate in the summit on his behalf. They were also informed about planned visit to Saudi Arabia by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (due tomorrow Tuesday).
They took note that His Highness the Crown Prince delegation will include Oil Minister, Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Interior Minister, Advisor at the Crown Prince Diwan Dhari Abdullah Al-Othman and senior officials. Then, Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Bassel Humoud Al- Sabah addressed the executives about the latest status of the pandemic around the world as well as at the local level, shedding light on casualties and his department’s vaccination efforts. The Cabinet renewed appreciation for the teams partaking in the fight against the virus, namely personnel of the health sector and the ministry of interior.
The ministers examined minutes of the latest meeting of the supreme cyber security committee, approved a recommendation to establish “the national cyber security center,” and tasked the foreign minister to coordinate with the relevant departments to prepare the required draft decree in this respect. The ministers turned to a message — attached with the interpellation motion — sent in by National Assembly Speaker on May 25 from the MPs Thamer Al-Dhafiri, Khaled Al-Otaibi and Abdulkarim Al-Kandari. The motion is addressed to the interior minister. Moreover, the government expressed anew condemnation of the attacks targeting Saudi Arabia by the Houthi militia — latest of which was the attack on the city of Khamis Mshait and deployment of booby-trapped boats in the Red Sea threatening navigation and global trade as well as energy supplies.