King chairs Cabinet meeting

November 16, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the weekly Cabinet meeting in Riyadh today by welcoming, on behalf of the people and government of Saudi Arabia, the thousands of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom to perform the Hajj. He directed all concerned bodies to see to the needs of the visitors.

Turning to security, the King briefed the Cabinet on the measures taken by Saudi forces to secure the Kingdom’s territory, in the wake of recent cross-border attacks by militants. “The aggression has been contained and Saudi territories have been cleared,” he reported, adding that all the necessary care and services have been provided to citizens evacuated from the affected areas. King Abdullah expressed appreciation for the broad support the Kingdom has received from foreign governments and organizations, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab League, in its efforts to defend its sovereignty.

The Cabinet welcomed the formation of a new Lebanese government led by Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, expressing hope that this will lead to security, stability and prosperity for Lebanon and its citizens. The ministers reiterated Saudi support for Lebanon’s national reconciliation efforts.

After reviewing its agenda, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance sign a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of Islamic affairs with Qatar; authorized the Minister of Agriculture to sign a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of agriculture and animal and fish resources with Qatar; authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs to sign a protocol, attached to the Headquarters Agreement, with the Muslim World League; approved a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a strategic dialogue between the GCC states and Turkey; and approved the enforcement of a decision made by the GCC Supreme Council during its 29th session in Muscat pertaining to the GCC Common Market.

The Cabinet then approved the appointment of Miteb Al-Mandeel as Director General of the Operations Department at the Ministry of Interior (15th rank); Mohammad Al-Sheihah as Undersecretary of the Ministry for Agricultural Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture (15th rank); Ahmad Al-Motawa’ as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for Judicial Affairs at the Ministry of Justice (14th rank); Abdulaziz Al-Hosain as Financial Advisor at the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (14th rank); Jabir Al-Shihri as Assistant Undersecretary for Animal Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture (14th rank); and Abdullah Al-Abdulatif as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the King Abdulaziz City of Sciences and Technology (14th rank).