King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (8/8/11)

August 8, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah this evening. The Council of Ministers reviewed developments in the Arab world, paying particular attention to the ongoing violence in Syria. It stressed the importance of the speech delivered by King Abdullah, in which the Saudi monarch condemned the bloodshed as unacceptable and called upon Syria to halt the killing, enact reforms and embrace a wiser position. The Cabinet noted that similar calls for peace have been issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Arab League and the United Nations Security Council.

The ministers denounced Israeli authorities for approving the construction of 900 new residential units in the Jabal Abu-Ghunaim settlement. The decision, they noted, illustrates Israeli attempts to undermine international efforts to restart the Mideast peace process.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet was briefed by Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz on the outcome of the 18th Meeting of Governors and the first session this year of the Hajj Supreme Committee, both of which were held in Jeddah last week under his chairmanship. Prince Nayef confirmed the commitment of the government to meeting the needs of both Saudi citizens and pilgrims from around the world.

Regarding its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a number of measures regarding the provision of special training for the operation, maintenance, supply, and installation of newly-developed devices and machines; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with Azerbaijan on the avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion; authorized the Minister of Communications and Information Technology to sign a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation regarding the “General Keys of Infrastructure” between the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Commission.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Saleh Al-Khushail as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Abdullah Al-Tayer as Administrative Consultant at the Ministry of Higher Education (15th rank); Adnan bin Ahmed Farahat as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Dr. Abdullah Al-Shihri as Director General at the Presidency of General Intelligence (14th rank).