Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (7/15/14)

July 14, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this evening. At the outset, the Council was briefed on the recent talks between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, as well as the telephone call the King held with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Then, the Cabinet discussed the latest regional and international developments, including the escalation of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. It lauded King Abdullah for his donation of SR 200 million to the Palestinian Red Crescent to secure medical assistance for victims of Israel’s attacks. The ministers condemned Israel’s brutal raids, which have resulted in the deaths of scores of Palestinians, and called upon the U.N. Security Council and Human Rights Council to take action against Israel.

Next, the Cabinet reviewed the final communique issued by the extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which condemned Israel’s aggression. It agreed with the OIC’s demand that the world community shoulder its responsibilities and end the violence against the Palestinian people.

The Cabinet praised the ongoing efforts of the Saudi National Campaign to Support the Syrian Brothers, which recently provided Ramadan meals and other humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians in a number of countries. This assistance, it noted, helps to alleviate some of the tragic suffering being borne by the Syrian people.

Turning to domestic affairs, the Cabinet lauded the International Prize for the Service of the Holy Quran, organized by the International Commission for the Memorization of the Holy Quran, which embodies King Abdullah’s commitment to serving Muslims and Islam. It also congratulated the Saudi mathematics team, which is composed of nominees chosen by the Ministry of Education and the King Abdulaziz Foundation and his Men for the Talented and Innovated (Mauhibah), for winning a number of medals and certificates at the 55th International Olympics for Mathematics in South Africa.

Finally, Minister of Interior Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz briefed the Cabinet on the 21st Meeting of the Governors of Regions, during which improving ministries’ performances and providing services to citizens were discussed.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of infrastructure between the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency; approved a system of municipal licensing procedures; and approved a fodder system aimed at ensuring the safety of fodder and protecting animal health.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Naif Rubayaan as Guide of the 10th Regiment at the Ministry of the National Guard (15th rank); Mohammed Busais as Guide of the 23rd Regiment at the Ministry of the National Guard (15th rank); Falah Hethlin as Guide of the 37th Regiment at the Ministry of the National Guard (15th rank); Othman Al-Muhaimeed as Deputy Assistant Chairman for Performance Control at the General Auditing Bureau (15th rank); Othman Al-Yahya as Deputy Assistant Chairman for Branches’ Affairs at the General Auditing Bureau (15th rank); Abdullatif Busbait as Administrative Expert at the Board of Grievances (15th rank); Abdulmonem Al-Rashid as Mayor of Northern Borders at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (14th rank); and Abdullah Al-Mekhlif as Head of Notary at the Ministry of Justice (14th rank).

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