Crown Prince Sultan chairs Cabinet session

January 10, 2011

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today, which began with a briefing on the latest foreign contacts made by the Saudi leadership. This included a reception held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in New York for former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of States Hillary Clinton and a telephone call received by Crown Prince Sultan from Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

After listening to reports on international developments, the Cabinet focused on the domestic front. The ministers stressed the importance of King Abdullah’s speech, delivered at the First International Conference on Total Quality in Public Education, in which he called for continued, systematic development of the Kingdom’s educational sector. The Cabinet commended the launch of the Academic Chair for Dialogue Among Civilizations at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, the creation of the Academic Chair of Ethics and Finance Control at King Abdulaziz University, and the signing of an agreement to establish a mathematics chair to serve graduate students at King Saud University, in collaboration with the Sorbonne University in Paris.

The Cabinet also praised the success of Saudi security forces in pursuing terrorist suspects, and reiterated the call by the Interior Ministry for wanted persons to surrender themselves.

Addressing their weekly agenda, the ministers approved a protocol for cooperation in the oil, gas and minerals sectors with Vietnam; approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of agriculture, livestock and fisheries with Qatar; approved the final accounts of the Saudi Ports Authority and the Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization for fiscal year 1428/1429 H; and approved the membership of the Board of Trustees for the Prize of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Inventors and the Gifted.

Finally, the Cabinet approved the appointments of Ibrahim bin Ali bin Mohammed Abdulhaq as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Talal bin Suleiman bin Abdulhafiz Kutbi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman bin Umran as Advisor for Transport Affairs (14th rank) at the Ministry of Transport.