Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (4/14/14)

April 14, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. After being briefed on the latest regional and international developments, the Cabinet expressed approval of the decisions made during the emergency meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Arab League Council to discuss the Palestinian issue. It reiterated the Arab League’s call for the United States to continue efforts to resume peace negotiations and to push the Israeli side to adhere to its commitments.

The Cabinet expressed concern over the deterioration of human rights in a number of places around the world, including Syria, Myanmar’s Rakhine state, and the Central African Republic. It called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to people in need and to hold human rights abusers responsible.

Turning to local events, the Cabinet expressed satisfaction over the successful separation surgery of conjoined Iraqi twins at a Saudi hospital. It was also briefed on the Kingdom’s success at the Third Gulf Math Olympiad, where Saudis won the first six places for the third time in a row. Finally, the ministers noted that the Kingdom placed fifth globally among ten pioneering countries in the use of government digital services.

Next, the Cabinet was briefed on a report by the Minister of Health on the status of coronavirus in the Kingdom. It was reassured regarding the health situation in Jeddah Province and called on media outlets to base their coverage solely on the accurate information given out by the Ministry of Health.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the addition of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Board of Directors of the Institute of Diplomatic Studies; authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs to sign an headquarters draft agreement with the Arab Tourism Organization; approved a regulation on transferring the information of those dealing with private enterprises electronically to the National Information Center of the Ministry of the Interior; approved the establishment of a “Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration” under the umbrella of the Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and approved several other regulations regarding the arbitration process; approved a memorandum of cooperation in the fields of science and education between the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources; and approved a memorandum of understanding between the Kingdom and Egypt in the field of electricity interconnection.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdulaziz Al-Mashaali as Director General of Administration for Financial and Budget Affairs at the General Staff (15th rank); Abdulaziz Al-Thwini as Undersecretary for Rights Affairs at the Ministry of Interior (15th rank); Abdulkareem Al-Aidan as Administrative Advisor at Riyadh Principality (15th rank); Mohammed Al-Darran as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Safar Madini as Assistant Undersecretary for Land Transport Affairs at the Ministry of Transportation (14th rank).