Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (1/6/14)

January 6, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. The Cabinet was briefed on the two meetings held last week by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz with French President Francois Hollande and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as the meetings between the Crown Prince and the French President and the Prime Minister of Ireland. The ministers commended the close relationships between the Kingdom and those countries.

The Cabinet praised the Kingdom’s budget for fiscal year 1435/1436 H., noting its continued expenditures on projects supporting sustainable development, creating jobs for citizens, promoting human development in education and health, and improving social and municipal services. It credited wise government policies for the Kingdom’s positive economic environment, characterized by growth and investment.

Turning to international developments, the Cabinet stressed the importance of mobilizing international efforts to save lives in Syria, with the ultimate goal of reestablishing the stability, unity and sovereignty of that country. Regarding Egypt, the ministers renewed the Kingdom’s support for its people and leadership, condemning the recent terrorist attacks and other threats to stability. They also denounced the two terrorist bombings that took place in Beirut, calling on all Lebanese parties to put the good of their country ahead of narrow factional interests and stressing the need to extend the authority of the Lebanese state and military over all of its territory.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the amendment of paragraph (1) of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (228) regarding the compensation of students in the event of death or disability; approved a number of arrangements related to the application of insurance on government vehicles; authorized the Minister of Health to sign a protocol eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products; approved a decision regarding an insurance system for those who lose their jobs; and approved several decisions regarding the organization of housing support.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdullatif Al-Fares as Educational Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education (15th rank); Dhakeelallah Al-Johani as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Riyad Al-Mubaraki as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Muneer Sindi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Turki Al-Farhood as Director General of Follow-up at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); and Saleh Al-Ajaji as Secretary of Court at the Great Court at the Ministry of Justice (14th rank).