King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

May 10, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, he gave a briefing on his recent talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reiterating the Kingdom’s support for efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the region and to establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. The King also described his consultations with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdulrahman Al-Attiyah in advance of the 12th annual consultative meeting of GCC leaders to be held in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The Cabinet welcomed the fatwa (religious edict) issued by the Senior Ulema (religious scholars) Commission stipulating that financing terrorism is a criminal act, since it involves corruption and the destruction of people and property. The Ministers then listened to briefings on the 11th consultative meeting of GCC Interior Ministers and the 84th meeting of GCC Finance Ministers, both of which were concluded last week.

Turning to its agenda items, the Cabinet approved a regulation stipulating that the state will cover 50 percent of fees for issuing and renewing private vehicle registration licenses for three years; authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a draft statute of the Organization for the Development of Women in the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Denmark; emphasized the provisions of paragraph (1) of a Royal Order issued in 1429H supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and other related bodies to implement the strategic objectives and national action plan for forestry; appointed Dr. Amr Rajab, Dr. Khalid Al-Rajhi and Awadh Al-Assaf as a private sector members of the Saudi Post Board of Directors for three years; and authorized the Minister of Health to sign three draft Memoranda of Understanding for cooperation in the field of public health and medical sciences with the Ministry of Health and Human Services of the United States, the Ministry of Health of Australia and the Ministry of Health of Portugal.

Finally, Cabinet approved the appointment of Gharamah Al-Asmari as Director General of Follow-up at the Ministry of Education; Mahmoud Al-Salek as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for School Affairs at the Ministry of Education; Nasser Al-Homali as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for Female Students and Examination Affairs at the Ministry of Education; and Suleiman Al-Suraye’ as Director General of the Office of the Minister of State at the General Secretariat of the Cabinet. All the appointments were made at the 14th rank.