King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

January 11, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held today at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. At the outset, he summarized his consultations with foreign officials last week, including meetings with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Abdullah, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, and the exchange of messages with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

King Abdullah stressed the need to intensify efforts towards achieving a just and comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict, particularly in light of recent regional and international actions that have the potential to revitalize the peace process. The Cabinet condemned the escalation of Israel’s settlement activities, characterizing the policy as a major obstacle to the resumption of the peace process. In this regard, the ministers praised the European position, which stresses the illegality of Israel’s settlement-building in Palestinian areas.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of baselines for the Kingdom’s marine areas in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf; approved renaming the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development the Saudi Wildlife Commission; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Tajikistan; approved extending a provision (Paragraph 9, Decision No. 23, 17/01/1428 H.) stating that the percentage of Saudization applied to construction sectors shall be 5 percent for a period of two years starting from 17/01/1430 H; approved restructuring the Board of Directors of the Irrigation and Drainage Authority in Ahsa for a period of three years as of 27/02/1431 H.; and approved the addition of Interior Ministry sectors (Facility Security, High Authority for Industrial Security, Command and Control Center) to the membership of the Permanent National Committee of Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Response and the National Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Response Team.

The Cabinet appointed Ahmad Al-Madhi as Security Adviser at the Interior Ministry; Jurayyd Al-Anzi as Assistant Undersecretary of the Tabuk Governorate; Mohammed Al-Hagbani as Assistant Undersecretary of the Tabuk Governorate for Security Affairs; and Fahad Al-Ghanim as Director General of Projects and Maintenance at the General Presidency for Youth Welfare. All of the appointments were made at the 14th rank.