Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (9/9/13)

September 9, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon, which began with a briefing on the latest regional and global developments. The ministers discussed international efforts to deter more humanitarian abuses in Syria, reiterating the Kingdom’s call for the world community to shoulder its responsibilities and end the genocide being perpetrated against the Syrian people.

Regarding regional unrest, the Cabinet insisted that the greatest cause of Middle East instability is the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. It condemned Israel’s rejection of various peace initiatives, as well as its inhumane practices perpetrated against the Palestinian people. It called on the international community to recognize the importance of achieving Middle East peace and stability, which would have repercussions for the whole world.

Next, the Cabinet discussed the Kingdom’s participation in the Group of Twenty (G-20) summit held last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. It commended the adoption of an action plan to promote strong, balanced and sustainable growth and to strengthen and stabilize the global financial system.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet reviewed a report on the massive industrial and development projects being undertaken in the Kingdom, including those involving the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), and other private companies. Noting that the latest projects are worth SR 327 billion, the ministers praised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for his policies of investment, industrialization and diversification.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a number of actions to ensure the availability of housing and other benefits to Saudi children living abroad and their non-Saudi mothers when they return to the Kingdom; endorsed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Council’s resolution taken at its 33rd summit in Bahrain as regards the unified act for combating information technology crimes within GCC countries; approved a framework agreement in the agricultural, livestock and fisheries fields with Sudan; approved the standardization and gauging system recommended by the Chairman of the Saudi Standards Organization; and approved the national strategy plan project for traffic safety.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdullah Al-Askar as Undersecretary of the Mayor of Riyadh for the province’s municipalities affairs (15th rank); Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Melhem as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Information for International Cultural Relations (15th rank); Abdulaziz Al-Ebad as Director General of the Office of the President of the Supreme Judiciary Council (14th rank); and Ahmed Al-Dihaishi as Legal Consultant at the Supreme Judiciary Council (14th rank).