King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (8/13/12)

August 13, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Safa palace in Makkah this evening. At the outset, the monarch welcomed the kings, heads of state, and leaders of delegations of Islamic countries visiting the Kingdom to take part in tomorrow’s extraordinary Islamic Solidarity Summit.

The Cabinet expressed hope that the summit will achieve its goals of uniting ranks, achieving solidarity and comprehensive development, adopting moderation and tolerance, and rejecting extremism, terrorism, sectarianism, differences and discord. It stressed that in order to rectify the continuous challenges and disastrous circumstances faced by some parts of the Islamic world, unified efforts and solidarity are required.

The Cabinet then reviewed a number of reports on regional and global developments, as well as local issues. It noted the annual report on the activities of the King Abdulaziz National Dialogue Center for the year 1433 H., which emphasized the importance of dialogue in strengthening national unity and achieving consensus and cohesion between citizens. The ministers also expressed appreciation for the royal order issued by King Abdullah approving a comprehensive development plan for Makkah and the Holy Sites until the year 1462 H. Furthermore, they welcomed the implementation of a public transport project in Makkah, which will include the construction of a rail network covering the entire city and an extensive bus system.

Addressing the remaining items on its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved the formation of standing committees in the principalities of all regions tasked with coordinating projects; approved the organization of the Fiqh Academy in the Kingdom; and appointed the members of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Saudi Arabian Airlines for three years.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdulrahman Al-Ruasa as Education Adviser at the Ministry of Education (15th rank); Abdulrahman Al-Abdullatif as Director General of the Riyadh Branch at the Control and Investigation Bureau (15th rank); Abdulaziz Al-Aqeel as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sultan Al-Anqari as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Saad Al-Yahya as Assistant Undersecretary for Religious Endowments at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance (14th rank); and Tariq Al-Omran as Director General of the Office of the Minister at the Ministry of Justice (14th rank).