The Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Monday afternoon. The Cabinet was briefed on the latest developments at Arab, regional and international arenas. The Cabinet expressed the extreme concern over of the latest developments in Iraq as they would not arise without the sectarian and exclusionary policies practiced in Iraq over the past years which have threatened its security, stability and sovereignty.
The Cabinet stressed the need to preserve Iraq's sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, and rejected foreign meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs and urged quick formation of a national consensus government to work on the restoration of security and stability, and avoid policies based on religious and sectarian instigation practiced in Iraq. The Cabinet also emphasized the importance of exerting all efforts to preserve the lives of civilians and alleviate their sufferings.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement of the International Summit to Combat Violence in Conflict Zones held in London, reiterating the Kingdom's calls and appeals for the international community to take the necessary measures, including a legislation to ensure the rights of women and their protection from violence, the cooperation of the international community to protect civilians especially in times of armed conflict, the need to treat these crimes as war crimes against humanity and holding accountable their perpetrators and punish them.
The Council of Ministers also called for concerted international efforts to counter terrorism and fight it as the phenomenon of terrorism has become the most serious challenge facing the international community. The council restated the Kingdoms position at the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Fourth Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy that the establishment of justice, removal of injustice, the rule of law, development, education, dialogue and the elimination of the occupation are the most powerful tools to eliminate the roots of the problem.
Turning to domestic issues, the Council approved the public transportation project for Makkah approved by approved by the royal decree 10/07/1433 H (May 30, 2012); authorized General President of Youth Welfare - or his deputy - to negotiate a sports cooperation draft memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Korea; approved the appointment of four members of the exporters at the Saudi Exports Development Authority (SEDA); approved rules pertaining beauty salons and spas.