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Cabinet hails historic talks outcome hailed

Bahrain News
Mon, 17 Apr 2017
GDN Online Desk
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The Prime Minister yesterday hailed the results of talks held by His Majesty King Hamad with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their visit to Bahrain.

Chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa highlighted the importance of the agreements and executive programmes signed between the countries.

According to a statement by Cabinet secretary general Dr Yasser bin Isa Al Nasser, the session praised successive honouring and appreciation of the Prime Minister by countries and regional and international organisations.

Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, on behalf of Cabinet members, congratulated the Premier on the honorary doctorate conferred on him by Al Quds Open University in recognition of his humanitarian and development stances and in tribute for his advocacy of Arab and Islamic issues and unlimited support for the Palestinian people.

The Premier said the honorary doctorate is a badge of honour in tribute for the achievements of the kingdom, under the leadership of the King, regarding development, support to Arab issues and empowerment of Bahraini women.

The Cabinet also congratulated the Premier on the graduation of his granddaughter Shaikha Aisha bint Rashid Al Khalifa from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in London.

The session approved agreements between GCC endowments, Islamic Affairs and religious ministries and departments in the field of endowments.

It endorsed the kingdom’s ratification of five space-related agreements and conventions that have been adopted by the UN. They are the Outer Space Treaty, the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, also known as the Space Liability Convention, the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, and the Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

The meeting endorsed the kingdom’s joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and discussed an executive programme between the Supreme Council for the Environment and its US counterparts. It approved the signing of three memoranda with Thailand on co-operation in the youth and sports fields and co-operation in education. They also included an MoU between Bahrain University and the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand.

The session approved an agreement between Bahrain and Egypt in the fields of electricity and renewable energy.

The Cabinet reviewed current development projects aimed at providing world-class infrastructure that spurs sustainable economic growth and meets needs of citizens regarding roads, buildings and sanitation. A total of 43 tenders were launched and awarded in the first quarter of 2017, the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister said.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding between the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry and the Malaysian SIRIM QAS International.

The session also reviewed two draft laws proposed by parliament on health insurance for retirees and health insurance.

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