Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (5/19/14)

May 19, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon with a briefing on his recent talks with visiting King Juan Carlos of Spain. Then, the Cabinet reviewed a number of regional and international developments, including the 1st Consultative Meeting of the Joint Defense Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It praised the results of the meeting, which included the participation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, welcoming the desire of both sides to strengthen U.S.-GCC strategic relations in order to maintain regional security.

The Cabinet also discussed the proceedings of the 1st session of the Forum of Arab Economy and Cooperation with the Countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan; the 45th ordinary session of the Arab Information Ministers Council; and the awarding of the 7th Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Global Translation Award.

The ministers praised the speeches delivered by Saudi representatives at the 5th Ministerial Meeting for Clean Energy held in South Korea and the 14th International Energy Forum held in Russia. They highlighted the efforts of the Kingdom in the field of clean energy technologies, as well as its promotion of international energy cooperation.

Regarding the Syrian crisis, the Cabinet lauded the communique issued after the Friends of Syria meeting in London, which held the Assad regime responsible for committing terrorism against its own people and exporting strife to neighboring countries. It called for the transfer of Assad to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the UN Security Council, the completion of the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, the enhancement of humanitarian efforts for those in need, and the rejection of the illegal elections announced by the Syrian regime.

Turning to its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the establishment of diplomatic relations with Swaziland at the level of Non-Resident Ambassador; approved a public transport project in Dammam’s metropolis and Al-Qatif province; authorized the Minister of Interior to sign a common minutes draft between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and its British counterpart; and approved the Commercial Labels System for the GCC countries endorsed by the GCC Supreme Council in its 33rd meeting in Bahrain.