Crown Prince Salman chairs Cabinet session (1/28/13)

January 28, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session in Riyadh today by thanking, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Arab leaders who attended the 3rd Arab Economic and Social Development Summit last week. The Crown Prince reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to advancing Arab development, as evidenced by King Abdullah’s initiative, announced at the summit, to increase the capital of Arab financial institutions and joint companies by no less than fifty percent.

Then, the Cabinet listened to a report on the latest regional and international developments. The ministers reiterated the Kingdom’s positions regarding the Palestinian situation and the crisis in Syria, as expressed recently before the regular session of the United Nations Security Council.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet authorized the Crown Prince to sign a draft agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Defense and the German Ministry of Defense in the field of protection of classified information; approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Saudi Red Crescent Authority and the Turkish Red Crescent Society signed in Ankara on 3/14/12; approved the unified system for anti-dumping and countervailing and preventive measures of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, which was endorsed by the GCC Supreme Council in its 31st session in Abu Dhabi on 12/07/10; and approved the amendment of Article 8 of the regulation of the Saudi Standards and Quality Organization issued by Cabinet decision No. (216).

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Majdi Al-Mansur as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Othman Al-Afaisan as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Abdulaziz Al-Mady as Assistant Undersecretary for Classification at the Ministry of Civil Service (14th rank); Yousuf Al-Hamed as Assistant Undersecretary for Employment at the Ministry of Civil Service (14th rank); and Abdulrahman Al-Howaimel as Management Consultant at the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta (14th rank).