Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (11/4/13)

November 4, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon by praying to God, on the occasion of the advent of the new Hijri year (1435 H.), to bestow blessings and peace upon Arab and Islamic nations and other countries of the world.

Then, Crown Prince Salman noted the high-standing that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz enjoys globally, as evidenced by his rating by Forbes magazine as among the ten most influential people in the world. “This prestigious status of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and what is being witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of progress, comprehensive development and substantial efforts in international arenas to serve Islam, Muslims and all humanity have had a significant impact on the Kingdom’s winning, under the leadership of the King, advanced positions in the international rankings,” he stated.

Following a discussion on the latest regional developments, the Cabinet condemned the decision by Israeli authorities to build 1,500 new housing units in occupied al-Quds [Jerusalem]. It called the action an obstacle to peace, a flagrant violation of international agreements, and an assault on the inalienable rights of the Palestinians. The ministers renewed their call for the international community to pressure Israel to end its attempts to alter the situation on the ground in the Palestinian territories.

Next, the Cabinet was briefed on the outcome of the extraordinary meeting of the Arab League Council held on Sunday to discuss the situation in Syria. It commended the broad-based Arab support of the Syrian opposition and called for continued support for the rebels’ negotiating position at the Geneva II peace conference. The ministers emphasized the importance of maintaining the unity, stability and territorial integrity of Syria and warned the United Nations Security Council of the repercussions of a failure to shoulder its responsibility to that country.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the disbursement of a financial reward of 5% of the value of the money confiscated by a court judgment to whomever within the Kingdom – other than those who work in financial institutions, specified non-financial businesses and professions and non-profit organizations – reports money laundering or terrorist financing operations if he presents evidence which is fit to rely on to begin an investigation and a final judgment is issued proving the crime and he neither was a partner nor an intermediary in its perpetration; approved a number of arrangements for the public transport project in the city of Madinah; authorized the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance to discuss a draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs of Comoros in the field of Islamic affairs and endowments; authorized the Minister of Justice to hold talks on a draft cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom in the judicial field, as well as a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of judiciary relations between the ministries of justice in the two countries.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Khalid Tayyash as Architectural Adviser at the Ministry of the National Guard (15th rank); Dr. Mushabab Al- Qahtani as Civil Service Adviser at the Ministry of Civil Service (15th rank); Ahmed Al-Melhem as Security Adviser at the Ministry of the Interior (14th rank); Mohammed Al-A’qbi as Deputy Director General for Technical Affairs at the General Directorate of Water in Riyadh Province (14th rank); and Dr. Abdullah Al-Abdullatif as Legal Adviser at the Ministry of Labor (14th rank).