King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (6/17/13)

June 17, 2013

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at his palace in Jeddah this afternoon. The Cabinet was briefed on the latest contacts between Saudi and foreign officials and heard reports on regional events and their repercussions. The Council focused on Syria, denouncing the widespread massacres and human rights violations being carried out against the Syrian people by the Assad government’s military machine. It called upon the Islamic nation to stand up against the illegitimate regime in Damascus and to refrain from supplying it with weapons, munitions, and personnel.

King Abdullah reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining the security and stability of the Kingdom and its people, through continued progress and development. He warned against the interference by some countries into the internal affairs of the countries of the region, noting that these actions will only lead to more tension and instability.

Next, the Cabinet praised the efforts exerted by the Human Rights Council to strengthen international cooperation regarding human rights, welcoming the decisions adopted at the end of its 23rd session in Geneva.

Finally, the Cabinet was briefed on the projects underway at the Two Holy Mosques, including the expansion of the area around K’abaa and the holy sites. The King directed authorities to redouble their efforts to complete these projects as soon as possible, in order to provide the maximum comfort and safety for pilgrims.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina on the avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion; approved the final account of the Human Resources Development Fund for fiscal year 1432/1433 H.; approved a model of cooperation framework agreement in the field of peaceful uses of the nuclear energy between the Saudi government and the governments of neighboring countries; and directed Saudi Arabian Airlines to continue increasing both internal flights to all the Kingdom’s airports and the number of seats available.