Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz today chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. Prince Nayef began the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on the discussions and consultations Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan held with foreign leaders and envoys over the past few days.
The Cabinet stressed the King's interest in solving Arab and Muslim issues, especially the Palestinian issue and the ongoing inter-Palestinian conflict and expressed its hope that the Palestinian factions will respond to calls by King Abdullah to work on overcoming their differences for the sake of Palestine and the Palestinian people. The Cabinet also reminded the Palestinian factions of their pledges and commitments made at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
The Cabinet also congratulated President Mahmood Abbas on his re-election as chairman of the central committee of Fatah movement.
The cabinet condemned the repeated Israeli aggressive acts against the Palestinian people including Israel's expulsion of the Palestinian families from the occupied East Jerusalem and urged the international community to seriously and decisively work to stop immediately “the criminal acts perpetrated by Israel and make that country respect all legitimate international resolutions.”
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It authorized the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, or his deputy, to negotiate and sign a memorandum of understanding in the field of Islamic affairs and endowments with Sudan. It authorized the Minister of Higher Education, or his deputy, to negotiate and sign a memorandum of understanding in the field scientific and educational cooperation with Brazil.
The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology, or his deputy, to negotiate and sign a draft memorandum of understanding with the India’s Center for Development of Advanced Computing in the field of information technology and a memorandum of cooperation for cooperation in the field of peaceful use of outer space between with Indian Space Research Organization.
The Cabinet also approved a number of appointments, including Prince Dr. Mohammad bin Salman bin Mohammad Al-Saud as Administrative Advisor (15th rank) at the Ministry of Interior; Abdullah bin Abdulrahman bin Solaiman Alwhaibi as Director General of Administrative Development (14th rank) at the National Guard; and Othman bin Abulkareem bin Ali Almatroodi as Administrative Advisor (14th rank) at the Supreme Judiciary Council; and Abdullah bin Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Albraidi as Director General of the Office of the President (14th rank) at the Court of Grievances.