King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (1/23/12)

January 23, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. At the outset, he briefed the Cabinet on the contents of the messages sent to him last week by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

The Cabinet discussed a number of reports on regional and international developments, focusing particularly on the crisis in Syria. The ministers were briefed on the call issued in Cairo yesterday by the Arab League Foreign Ministers Council for the Syrian government and opposition to begin serious political dialogue, under the auspices of the Arab League, to form a government of national unity. They also noted the Kingdom’s decision to withdraw its monitors from Syria due to the failure on the part of the Syrian government to implement any of the conditions of the Arab plan, which aims at preventing more bloodshed.

The Cabinet was also briefed on a number of scientific and economic conferences and activities held in the Kingdom over the past week. It praised the outcomes of the 13th Gulf Industrialists Conference and the 6th Global Competitiveness Forum.

Turning to its domestic agenda, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives and Uzbekistan’s Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies; endorsed the final accounts of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund for fiscal years 1418/1419 H., 1419/1420 H., 1422/1423 H., 1423/1424H., 1424/1425H., 1426/1427H., 1427/1428H., 1428/1429H., and 1430/1431H; authorized the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to sign an amended protocol between the Kingdom and China on cooperation in the petroleum, gas and mineral sectors; and declared that beneficiaries of the Pension System must to decide whether to join the unified system extending insurance protection for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state citizens who work in other GCC states.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Nasser Al-Medlej as Financial Advisor at the Ministry of Defense (14th rank); Saud Al-Dayl as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mansour Al-Ghamdi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Abdullah Bateen as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Riyadh Principality (14th rank).