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Saudi parliament lauds king’s orders on easing citizens’ living affairs

1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM   |      |   

RIYADH: The Saudi parliament has expressed its appreciation of King Salman’s royal decree on the payment of annual bonuses and cost of living allowances for civilians and military employees in the kingdom.

Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh Tuesday, the parliament also praised the king’s orders on the payment of financial rewards to military personnel serving at the Kingdom’s southern frontline, and cost of living allowances for retired employees and social security beneficiaries, as well as the increase of stipend payments for students.

The parliament also appreciated the king’s orders on the government’s bearing the value-added tax (VAT) of citizens benefiting from private health and education services and the payment of VAT in the purchasing price of a citizen’s first house, as long as it does not exceed SR850,000 ($226,636).
The parliament stressed that the king’s orders came from his keen desire to care for the country’s citizens and provide continued support to them towards a decent life, and to ensure a distinct living standard for all segments of the society.

At the regional level, the parliament welcomed the statement issued by Arab foreign ministers at their meeting in Jordan on the consequences of a US decision to recognize Al-Quds as a capital of Israel, which stressed that Al-Quds will remain a central issue for the Arabs and key to peace in the region. It also supported the reference in the statement that no peace or stability will be achieved unless an independent Palestinian state is established with its capital in East Quds.

The parliament further expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of a terrorist attack on a mosque in Nigeria and renewed the Kingdom’s rejection of such terrorist acts.
Later, the parliament approved a series of memos of understanding on cooperation in the areas of Islamic affairs, minerals and energy, education and science, telecoms and information technology between the Kingdom and Djibouti, China, Sweden and Russia, respectively.




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