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Iran deal a 1st step: KSA

Cabinet thanks King Abdullah for qualitative judicial reforms

Last updated: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:25 AM

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah arrives in Rawdat Khuraim on Monday evening. The King will spend some time in Rawdat Khuraim, a beautiful oasis about 120 km from Riyadh. Earlier, King Abdullah was seen off by Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, senior princes, ministers and officials in Riyadh. — SPA

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia cautiously welcomed on Monday the Geneva nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers as a first step toward reaching a comprehensive solution for Iran’s controversial nuclear program.

“This agreement could be a first step towards a comprehensive solution for Iran’s nuclear program, if there are good intentions,” the Council of Ministers said.

The Cabinet session was chaired by Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, at Al-Yamama Palace here.

Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session that the government of Saudi Arabia reviewed the Geneva nuclear deal diligently.

Accordingly, the Cabinet noted that a comprehensive solution should lead to the removal of all weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear, from the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf. The Cabinet also hoped that such a solution should be followed by important steps that would guarantee the right of all states in the region to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have already issued statements welcoming the nuclear deal.

Qatar said the agreement was “an important step toward safeguarding peace and stability in the region,” according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry posted on its website late on Sunday. “The State of Qatar calls for making the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone,” the ministry said.

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah said he hoped the agreement “would pave the way for a permanent accord that would defuse tension, and preserves the stability and security of the region,” according to state news agency KUNA.

Dr. Khoja said that the Cabinet thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for approving the Shariah defense law, the criminal procedure law and the procedures of the Board of Grievances.

The Cabinet described this as a great achievement in the judicial reforms initiated by the King.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet noted that new measures will focus on boosting technical aspects and advanced information centers with regard to the effective functioning of courts.

It would also contribute to increasing the number of judges and notaries, and intensifying training courses for them.

“The new measures would have an impact on highlighting the true picture of the Islamic Shariah law, besides continue holding judicial meets and local and international dialogues that would have an impact on highlighting the true picture of the justice system followed by the Islamic Shariah.

“The new measures would continue strengthening the values of transparency and fairness through developing the performance of electronic monitoring of the judicial and documentation procedures, activating the concept of open court sessions, in addition to enabling the entire public and private organizations and individuals to oversee that the judicial process is going in the just manner,” the Cabinet said in a statement.

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