King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (6/13/11)

June 13, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today with a briefing on his latest consultations with foreign officials, including a call he received from Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and audiences he held for Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa and French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry Christine Lagarde.

The Cabinet reviewed reports on the latest developments in a number of Arab countries, especially the cases of unrest that have resulted in many casualties. The ministers stressed the Kingdom’s firm position that these crises must be addressed in a manner that ensures the preservation of the lives of citizens and the integrity and stability of Arab countries.

The Cabinet condemned the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by a group of Israeli extremists and another incident in which a mosque was set on fire in the West Bank. Warning that continued Israeli attacks will lead to further instability and violence in the region, the Cabinet called upon the international community to stand against Israel’s unilateral, aggressive practices in the Occupied Territories.

The Cabinet also discussed a number of local issues, expressing appreciation for the endeavors exerted by Saudi youths to excel during the current period of academic testing. The ministers wished the students good luck and expressed appreciation for the commitment of the Kingdom’s teachers and other educational staff.

Moving on to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a 25 year interest free loan of SR 51.1 billion for the Saudi Electricity Company to finance electricity-related projects and authorized the President of the Human Rights Commission to discuss with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights a draft memorandum of understanding between the two entities.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Misfer Al-Basher as Administrative Consultant at the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (14th rank); Hamid Al-Ghamdi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Saud Al-Dayel as Director of the Department at the General Intelligence Presidency (14th rank); and Mohammed Al-Ghamdi as Director General of Al-Hadithah Customs at Saudi Customs (14th rank).