Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (4/4/11)

April 4, 2011

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. He began with a briefing on the contacts that took place last week between Saudi and foreign officials, including a telephone call placed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

Afterwards, the Cabinet listened to a report on the latest developments in a number of Arab and Islamic countries. It welcomed the statement issued by the Extraordinary Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, which convened in Riyadh on Sunday, condemning the continued Iranian interference in the internal affairs of GCC member states, in violation of the principles of sovereignty, good neighborliness and the charters of the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Cabinet also expressed satisfaction over the call by the GCC Foreign Ministers for all concerned parties in Yemen to quickly return to the process of national dialogue, with the goal of achieving a comprehensive agreement that will enact reforms and restore stability.

Next, the Cabinet addressed the outcome of the London Ministerial Conference on Libya, expressing hope for a settlement and stressing that the ultimate aim is to protect the Libyan people and to provide humanitarian assistance for victims.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet reviewed the scientific, cultural and health forums that took place in the Kingdom over the past week, including the 2nd Scientific Conference for Students of Higher Education; the Health Charitable Societies Forum; and the 5th Security Exhibition.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved the inclusion of a representative of the Directorate General of Civil Defense to the membership of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Standardization; authorized the Foreign Minister to discuss with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) amendments to an agreement between the Kingdom and UNICEF; approved a memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; approved an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion, as well as the protocol annexed to the agreement, with Singapore; and approved an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation with India.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Mohammed Al-Dhabaan as Deputy Mayor for Reconstruction and Projects at Riyadh Municipality; Abdullah Al-Jarbou as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for the Planning Sectors at the Ministry of Economy and Planning; Musaed Al-Humaidan as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for Follow-Up and Information at the Ministry of Economy and Planning; and Abdullah Al-Araj as Director General of Information Technology at the Ministry of Economy and Planning. All of the appointments were made at the 14th rank.