“The Council of Ministers praised the Royal Order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to set up a high committee chaired by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince to pursue corruption cases in the Kingdom. His Majesty intention is to eradicate corruption and its causes. The new orders are a continuation of His Majesty’s previous actions to combat financial and administrative corruption in all its forms.
The Council highlighted the fact that the decisive actions now being taken are vital to combating corruption, which constitutes a threat to society and its development. Corruption is closely linked to all forms of crime, and is an impediment to investment and development. Combating corruption is essential to establish a sound economic framework for the country, characterised by just and fair competition and equal opportunities.
The Council gave assurance that all preventative legal measures now being taken are based on specific evidence of criminality and acts that were intended criminal transgressions and resulted in unlawful gain.
The rights of the accused and the facts relating to the offences are protected by law at all stages during the investigation and judicial process. The Council praised the comprehensiveness and fair treatment contained in the Royal Order, which confirms its effectiveness in achieving its objectives.
The Council of Ministers welcomes the Royal Order issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to form a supreme committee chaired by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince to limit offences and crimes related to individuals and entities involved in cases of public corruption.
The Council stressed that this Royal Order derives from the responsibility of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, with God’s support, towards the nation and the citizens. His Majesty’s rightful sense of the seriousness of corruption and its harmful effects on the State’s politics, society, economy, and security.
The Council also highlighted that the Royal Order will enhance the Kingdom’s sustainable national development programs and cement the reforms adopted by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in eradicating corruption, and that it contributes to strengthening the regulatory system, the principles of governance, justice and accounting, thereby protecting the rights of individuals and companies. These policies and actions create a fair and healthy environment, which – by God’s will – will guarantee the rights of the State and protect public funds.
The Council reiterated the Kingdom’s denunciation and condemnation of the launch of a ballistic missile from within the Yemeni territory towards the Saudi capital Riyadh, which was launched by the Houthi armed militias in a random and futile manner in order to target inhabited civilian areas.
The Council of Ministers affirmed that this hostile and indiscriminate action proves the Iranian involvement in supporting the Houthi armed militias, in clear and explicit defiance of the UN security council resolution 2216. It is an open aggression aimed at neighbouring countries, and threatens security in the region and international peace. The Council reaffirms the Kingdom’s right to defend itself and its people as dictated in Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations.”