Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session

February 22, 2010

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, the Crown Prince briefed the Cabinet on the talks and consultations held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz last week, including his meetings with Chadian President Idriss Deby, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. David Petraeus.

After listened to reports on regional developments, the Cabinet turned to domestic issues, reviewing the most recent scientific, cultural and sporting activities and seminars held in the Kingdom. They praised the “Global Legal Framework against Terrorism” workshop, which was organized by the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Middle East and North Africa.

Reviewing its agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance to sign an amendment of Article (II) of the agreement on the establishment of a joint committee between Saudi Arabia and Syria, issued under Royal Decree No. (M/12), dated 19/08/1411 H.; authorized the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs to sign a draft memorandum of understanding for the integration and exchange of information in the field of urban planning with the Moroccan Ministry of Housing and Town Planning; authorized the President of King Saud University to sign a draft memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore; approved the regulation of beekeeping; authorized the Minister of Culture and Information to sign a draft agreement for cooperation between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the Press Trust of India (PTI); and authorized the Chief Executive of the General Authority for Food and Medicine to sign a draft memorandum of technical cooperation with the Indian Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Raed Krimlyas Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mohammed Barri as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Eidha Al-Zahrani as Assistant Undersecretary for External Information at the Ministry of Culture and Information.