Council of Ministers Weekly Meeting

May 23, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace today in Riyadh.  King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on the two telephone calls he received from King Juan Carlos of Spain and the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.

The Cabinet reviewed the outcomes of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states held in Riyadh Sunday which addressed the GCC initiative to resolve the crisis in Yemen and the Council’s decided to suspend the initiative for the lack of appropriate circumstances for its approval.  The Cabinet expressed hope that all parties will sign the initiative as soon as possible in order to ensure the implementation of the agreement, overcome the crisis in Yemen and achieve comprehensive consensus that maintains security and stability in Yemen.

The Cabinet denounced Israeli plans to build 1,500 settler homes in East Jerusalem, describing this action as a continuation of the Israeli policies of renouncing peace requirements and closing all doors to any opportunity to resume the stalled negotiations with the Palestinians. The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's hope that the international community would exert serious efforts for resuming negotiations and moving rapidly towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, within the borders of 1967 with Al-Quds (Jerusalem)as its capital, in accordance with international conventions, particularly the Roadmap and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The Cabinet reviewed a number of domestic issues, including the status of a number of developmental projects throughout the Kingdom.  King Abdullah directed to have these projects finished on time without any delay.
Following the review, the Cabinet issued the following decisions:  appointed members of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities for a period of three years effective today; approved the reconstitution of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) with Abdulrahman bin Rashid Al-Rashid as a representative of employers and Dr. Samir bin Abdulaziz Al-Tubayyeb as a representative of contributors for a period of three years effective 29/06/1432H.  Other members of the board are Dr. Mufarej bin Saad Al-Haqbani, representative of the Ministry of Labor, brahim bin Mohammed Al-Miflih, representative of the Ministry of Finance, Saad bin Abdullah Al-Mifraih, representative of the Ministry of Health, Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Subaiey, representative of employers, Musa bin Umran Al-Umran, representative of employers, Dr. Abdulraouf bin Mohammed Manna'a, representative of contributors, and Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Abdulqadir, representative of contributors.  The appointments are for a period of period of three years effective 29/06/1432H.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance, or his deputy, to sign a draft agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income as well as the annexed draft protocol with the Kingdom of Morocco;  authorized the Minister of Water and Electricity, or his deputy,  to discuss and sign with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan a draft memorandum of cooperation in the field of water and sanitation management.

The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdul-Aziz City for Sciences and Technology, or his deputy, to negotiate and sign with the Republic of Kazakhstan a draft agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of the outer space for peaceful purposes between King Abdul-Aziz City for Sciences and Technology and the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan.