King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (7/2/12)

July 2, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. The ministers began by welcoming the King’s order to implement a major expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, which will increase capacity by 1.6 million worshipers.

After reviewing reports on the latest international developments, the Cabinet discussed the tragic situation in Syria and the proceedings of the Geneva Peace Conference, which was held over the weekend. The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s request that the international community take decisive action to end the massacres and the humanitarian disaster currently being witnessed in Syria. It called for the full implementation of the plan of joint U.N.-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan, which aims to reach a political solution based on the aspirations of all the Syrian people according to a specific timeline. The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s satisfaction over the outcome of the 22nd Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU).

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a new implementation system designed to enforce the rules and verdicts issued by judges and semi-judicial committees; approved a financed leasing system to be monitored by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA); approved a registered real-estate mortgage system and a real estate funding system; and added two paragraphs to Article 5 of the Financial Market System.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Prince Mishaal bin Badr bin Saud bin Abdulaziz as Undersecretary of the National Guard for the Eastern Sector (15th rank); Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ibrahim bin Saleh Abu Baker as Undersecretary of the Ministry for School Buildings and Supplies at the Ministry of Education (15th rank); Mufarreh Al-Zahrani as Advisor for Transport Affairs at the Ministry of Transport (15th rank); and Sami Al-Nihait as Director General of the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Center at the Ministry of Agriculture (14th rank).