Crown Prince Salman chairs Cabinet session (3/11/13)

March 11, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. The ministers began by expressing their appreciation to King Abdullah for signing the expansion plan of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, demonstrating his commitment to serving Muslim pilgrims.

The Cabinet then reviewed the latest regional and international developments, touching on several key issues. The ministers commended the outcome of the 4th session of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council in Doha; received a briefing on the recommendations issued by the 139th session of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo; and welcomed the statement issued by the Friends of Yemen Conference in London last week.

The Cabinet condemned Israeli attempts to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and its aggressive practices against worshipers. It called upon the international community to take a firm stand against such provocative behavior, which is a violation of international covenants and treaties.

Turning to domestic affairs, the Cabinet reviewed the scientific and cultural activities that took place in the Kingdom last week, including the opening of the Riyadh International Book Fair.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a draft public transportation plan in Jeddah Province and approved a number of decisions regarding Makkah’s public transportation system; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign an International Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters; and approved the Kingdom’s joining of the Standards and Metrology Institute for the Islamic Countries (SMIIC).