Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (1/20/14)

January 20, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. At the outset, the Cabinet expressed its appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud International Foundation for Humanitarian Works, which inaugurated a project for the care of kidney patients last Wednesday.

Then, the Crown Prince gave a briefing on the meeting he held last week with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan, commending the depth of relations between the Kingdom and Libya.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet welcomed the holding of the 7th Competitiveness Global Forum in Riyadh, entitled “Building Competitive Partnerships,” and the accompanying “Invest in Saudi Arabia” Exhibition.

Finally, the Cabinet discussed the latest regional and international developments. The ministers congratulated Egypt on the outcome of its constitutional referendum, wishing that country security and stability. They also welcomed the outcome of the Al-Quds [Jerusalem] Committee meeting, held in Morocco on Friday, reiterating the Kingdom’s firm stance in support of Palestinian rights in that city.

Turning to its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved an agreement with South Korea on cooperation in the field of defense; approved an defense industrial cooperation agreement with Turkey; approved a number of arrangements that oblige all factories and residential facilities to provide relevant insurance coverage; approved the appointment of Dr. Saad Al-Qasbi as a government representative member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC); approved the updated petroleum strategy and the petroleum media strategy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states; approved the appointments of Dr. Abdulmalek Al-Shalhoob and Talaat Hafez to the Board of Directors of Broadcasting and Television; agreed that the Minister of Commerce and Industry will have the right to appoint, from among the personnel of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), judicial check-up officers to verify violations; and agreed to renew enacting Paragraph (1) of Cabinet decision No. 11 stipulating that the state shoulders 50 percent of the charges levied at sea ports for three years.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdullah Al-Abdulkarim as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Haya Al-Samhari as Director General for Training and Foreign Scholarships at the Ministry of Education (14th rank); Saleh Al-Abdulkarim as Consultant for Technical Affairs at the Ministry of Education (14th rank); Majed Al-Gahtani as Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Development at the Ministry of Education (14th rank); Hamad Khudair as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Yahya Al-Yahya as Assistant Undersecretary for Expatriates Affairs at the Ministry of Labor (14th rank); and Salman Al-Asmari as Director General for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Labor (14th rank).

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