King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (7/30/12)

July 30, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. The Cabinet began by reviewing a number of reports on regional, Arab and international developments, including the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and the continuing carnage in Syria.

The ministers condemned Israel’s orchestrated campaign to change the geographic and demographic realities of Al-Quds [Jerusalem], its ongoing violations of international law, its blockade against the Palestinian people, and its general rejection of the will of the international community. They stressed the importance of uniting international efforts to provide the Palestinian people with protection and to end Israel’s abuses against them.

The Cabinet also warned of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria in light of the continued violence, killings, and displacements. It demanded that the international community shoulder its responsibilities and put an end to the atrocities committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people. In this respect, it praised the generous response shown over the past week by the Saudi people, who have donated millions of dollars and tons of relief supplies to the Saudi National Campaign for the Support of the Brothers in Syria.

Finally, the Cabinet was briefed by Interior Minister Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz on the results of the 19th Annual Meeting of Regional Governors.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the controls for establishing companies owned by the municipalities; approved the continuation of paragraphs 2 and 1 of the Cabinet’s decision No. (7) dated 1/1/1422 regarding the allowance of importing Palestinian goods and products as well as the continuation of the State’s bearing of their customs duties for one year as of 11/09/1433 H.; approved two memoranda of understanding on cooperation in the exchange of information relevant to money laundering and terror financing between the Saudi Financial Investigation Unit (SAFIU) of the Ministry of Interior and the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the United Kingdom Financial Investigation Unit (UKFIU), both of which were signed on 12/07/2011; approved, in principle, the allocation of SR 1.4 billion in financial support for the implementation of the basic requirements at the circumference of the Al-Aqeer Project Site; approved the organization of the Radio and Television Commission as per the attachments to the decision; and approved the organization of the Saudi Press Agency as attached to the decision.