King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (8/15/11)

August 15, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah this evening with a briefing on his latest contacts with foreign leaders, including meetings with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Reza Gilani and a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Cabinet reviewed the unrest being witnessed in some Arab countries and underscored the importance of refraining from violence, respecting human rights, and working to achieve stability, security and fairness.

The ministers expressed the Kingdom’s strong denunciation of the decision by Israeli authorities to build thousands of new residential units in Eastern Al-Quds [Jerusalem]. It once again called upon the world community to put pressure on Israel to halt its unilateral measures aimed at changing the face of the city.

Turning to its domestic agenda, the Cabinet approved the first report of the Real Estate Contributions Committee with reservations and appropriated SR 20 million for premiums for the committee’s members and financial obligations; ordered the payment of SR 10,000 in compensation to each victim of a natural disaster; ordered the Saudi Communications Company to shoulder any additional financial costs that might be incurred as a result of merging with the Civil Retirement or Social Insurance following the privatization of the communications sector; and approved the ascension of the Kingdom to the Cereals Trade Agreement of 1995.

The meeting approved the transfer of Mohammed Al-Abadani from the position of Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance for Budget and Organization Affairs (14th rank) to the position of Director General of the Real Estate Fund (15th rank) and approved the appointments of Abdulrahman Luhay as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Hamza Badawi as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Mineral Investments (14th rank); Mohammed Al-Zughaibi as Director General for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources(14th rank); and Ahmed Al-Tayyar as Director General for the Social Services Department at the Ministry of Economy and Planning (14th rank).