Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (6/10/13)

June 10, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon. At the outset, the ministers were briefed on the latest regional and international developments, as well as the consultations between Saudi and foreign officials.

Regarding Syria, the Cabinet discussed the serious repercussions caused by the escalation of violence and the use of heavy weapons against civilians and infrastructure. It condemned the blatant interference of the Lebanese Hezbollah group in the conflict. The ministers welcomed the statement issued by the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League Council denouncing the crimes committed against the Syrian people by the Assad regime and through foreign intervention. They also praised the statement’s call for the preservation of the territorial integrity, social fabric, state structure and national institutions of Syria and the formation of a transitional government. Finally, the Cabinet said that the international community must respond to the calls for massive amounts of humanitarian aid to support Syrian refugees and internally displaced people.

Turning to other regional developments, the ministers expressed concern over the bloodshed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli and reiterated the Kingdom’s appeal to all parties to act wisely in the interest of all of Lebanon and its people. Then, they congratulated Yemen on the success of the first phase of its Comprehensive National Dialogue and the launch of the second phase. These developments, they noted, bode well for Yemen’s future, which is an issue of importance to the entire region.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved measures for tackling delayed or stalled development and service projects of governmental bodies; approved the final accounts of the General Organization of Grain Silos and Flour Mills and the Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority for fiscal year 1432/1433 H.; approved the amendment of subparagraph (2) of paragraph (c) of Article (12) of the amended Convention of the International Organization for Satellite Communications; and approved the establishment of a satellite sending platform by the General Commission for Audio-Visual Information that will transmit Saudi-owned channels from the Kingdom.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Azaam Al-Gain as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Salah Al-Arabi as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at Makkah Principality (14th rank); Munair Al-Otaibi as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Transport (14th rank); Saleh Al-Omari as Director of the Work Committee at the General Secretariat of the Cabinet (15th rank); and Mohammed Al-Shethri as Director General of the Secretary General’s Office at the General Secretariat of the Cabinet (14th rank).