King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (4/23/12)
April 23, 2012
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, the Cabinet discussed a number of reports on the latest regional and global developments. Reviewing the various Arab and international efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, including the latest meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People in Paris, it renewed the Kingdom’s steadfast determination to end the bloodshed and violence occurring there.
The Cabinet emphasized the contents of the final statement of the 33rd Extraordinary Session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which confirmed the full solidarity of the GCC states with the United Arab Emirates. Insisting that interregional relations must be based on mutual respect for sovereignty, cooperation and non-inflammatory speech, it declared that interference against any GCC state constitutes interference against all GCC states. The Cabinet also welcomed the final statement issued by the 9th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers held in Libreville, Gabon, which called for joint Islamic cooperation to work against campaigns attempting to tarnish the image of Muslims.
Minister of Defense Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz gave a briefing on his recent visits to the United Kingdom and the United States. The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the friendly, historic ties between the Kingdom and those two countries, lauding the mutual cooperation that has served to further peace, security and stability in the region.
Next, the Cabinet discussed the Kingdom’s participation in a number of international economic forums, including meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) and the preparatory session held by the G-20 Finance Ministers ahead of the G-20 Economic Summit scheduled for June. The ministers noted that the continued strong performance of the Saudi economy is reflected in its high growth and moderate inflation, on the one hand, and its stabilizing effect on the oil market, on the other.
Turning to global cultural events, the Cabinet reviewed a report on the activities of the “Saudi Cultural Days” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It lauded the partnership established between the Kingdom and UNESCO in 2011 by the establishment of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Program for Enhancing Dialogue and the Culture of Peace.
Finally, the ministers reviewed the outcomes of several scientific, medical, cultural, economic and sporting events and conferences that took place inside the Kingdom last week, including the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition for Higher Education; the 15th graduation ceremony of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties; and the inauguration of work on the Red Sea Gateway Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port.
Continuing to address its agenda items, the Cabinet approved the Arab Agreement on combating corruption; accredited the final accounts of the King Fahd National Library for fiscal year 1431-1432 H.; approved a four-year plan to implement public transport projects in the city of Riyadh; approved the National Strategy and the Five-Year Plan for Developing Handicrafts; decided to subsidize locally-manufactured children’s milk; and formed the Real Estate Development Fund’s Board of Directors.
The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Saad Al-Mhrej as Medical Consultant at the National Guard Command (15th rank); Abdullah Al-Bridi as Legal Consultant at the Board of Grievances (15th rank); Othman Al-Matrudi as Legal Consultant at the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (15th rank); Dr. Dawes Al-Shammari as Undersecretary of the Mayor for Reconstruction and Projects at the Hail Governorate (14th rank); and Saeed Al-Daeer as Geologist Expert at the Ministry of Electricity and Water (14th rank).