Second Deputy Prime Minister chairs Cabinet session (3/3/14)

March 3, 2014

Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. At the outset, the Council expressed its appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for the attention and care he pays to the affairs of Muslims. In particular, they commended his patronage of the 2nd World Congress, which was held in Makkah under the theme “The Islamic World: Problems and Solutions.”

Next, the Cabinet reviewed the outcome of the visits of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to India and the Maldives. It confirmed that the talks with officials from those countries reflected the positive relationships the Kingdom enjoys with them.

After discussing several reports on regional and international developments, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, no matter the causes and objectives. It decried the terrorist acts committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people and demanded that the perpetrators be held accountable. Furthermore, the ministers called for the withdrawal of all foreign fighters from Syria, the creation of safe zones for civilians and the guarantee of humanitarian access to those in need.

The Council also warned of the continued, increasing Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Holy Mosque and called upon the international community to ensure the preservation of the Islamic sanctities in Al-Quds [Jerusalem].

Finally, the Cabinet reviewed the scientific, economic and cultural activities that took place in the Kingdom over the past week, including the 2nd Arab Forum for Development and Employment.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the Headquarters Agreement between the Kingdom and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); approved a number of regulations restricting the distribution, sale and advertisement of energy drinks; approved a memorandum of cooperation between the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation in the field of civil aviation security; accredited the final accounts of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and Finance Guarantee Program for Small and Medium Enterprises for fiscal years 1431/1432 H. and 1433/1434 H.; approved a health insurance requirement for applicants seeking to visit the Kingdom; and authorized the Minister of Civil Service to sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of civil service with Jordan.