King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (11/12/12)

November 12, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh today by welcoming Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the new Minister of Interior, and wishing him every success.

The Cabinet congratulated the King on the success of the Hajj season, praising a speech he delivered to pilgrims calling for unity among Muslims and the adoption of anti-blasphemy laws around the world. Then, King Abdullah briefed the ministers on his most recent consultations with foreign leaders and officials, especially regarding the situations in Palestine and Syria.

Reviewing international developments, the Cabinet condemned the deadly terrorist bombings that took place in Manama last week, reiterating the Kingdom’s full solidarity with Bahrain in addressing the violence and terrorist acts that go against the teachings of Islam. The ministers welcomed the agreement signed last night by the Syrian opposition in Doha establishing the “National Coalition for the Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition,” which has created a united front to represent the Syrian people.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu at the non-resident ambassador level; approved a customs cooperation agreement with Jordan, signed in Amman on 10/19/11; and approved regulations for private family guidance centers, which aim to enhance family stability.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Mohammed Al-Qirnas as Undersecretary of the General President of Youth Welfare for Sports Affairs at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare; Salman Namshan as Director General of the Main Office of Youth Welfare in Riyadh at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare; Ibrahim Al-Wazan as Head of the Public Notary Office at the Ministry of Justice; Mohammed Al-Meijel as Director General of the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Water and Electricity; and Mohammed Al-Khimshi as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta. All of the appointments were made at the 14th rank.