Racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar flayed

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman (center) chairs a Cabinet meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman (center) chairs a Cabinet meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to act against the Buddhists who are persecuting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Citing resolutions adopted by the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of Ministers, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, said a policy of racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing was under way in that country.

Culture and Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi said the Cabinet also slammed recent attempts to destabilize Bahrain. It commended that country’s security agencies for thwarting a terrorist plot associated with foreign groups.

The Cabinet praised King Salman for his speech, during a recent meeting with anti-graft officials and activists, which outlined the government’s zero tolerance for corruption.

It also lauded the king for deciding to award medals of bravery to the citizens who lost their lives trying to prevent the suicide attack at Al-Hussein Mosque in Dammam.

The ministers praised citizens for standing together after the bombings, and commended the country’s military for repelling attacks by Houthis on the Kingdom’s borders, said Al-Toraifi.

He said the Cabinet reviewed the operational plans of all government and private agencies for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, when millions of pilgrims arrive for Umrah. King Salman urged the agencies to ensure that pilgrims can complete their rituals peacefully, he said.

The Cabinet meeting passed a new law to prevent trafficking in wild animals that face extinction, and their parts. It authorized the president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to discuss with France a draft agreement on scientific and technical cooperation.

It authorized the acting minister of housing to discuss with Russia a draft agreement on housing.

Another agreement with Russia would be signed for cooperation in agriculture.

The Cabinet endorsed several resolutions taken by the last Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Doha, Qatar, including the updated Gulf plan for non-communicable disease prevention and control; the unified rules and principles for the integration of GCC financial markets; the declaration on human rights; the unified food system guidelines for two years; and the GCC Customs Union Commission.

The meeting authorized the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation to sign an agreement with Cameroon for air transport services. It appointed Musaed bin Ibrahim Al-Hudaithi administrative adviser at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Other appointments include Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Harthi undersecretary for reconstruction and projects at Jeddah Municipality; Abdullah bin Mudlej Al-Mudlej secretary general of King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex; and Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri director general of the Islamic Affairs Ministry office in Riyadh.

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar residing in Malaysia hold placards during a rally over the current Rohingya crisis at a hall in Ampang, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on June 3, 2015.


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