Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (11/18/13)

November 18, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s weekly session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

The Cabinet was briefed on the grave situation of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, who are subjected to a cruel campaign of ethnic cleansing, and renewed the Kingdom’s appeals to the international community to provide assistance to the Rohingya and to ensure international access to the persecuted group. The Cabinet emphasized the importance of restoring the full rights of Myanmar’s Muslims and applauded efforts by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in urging the authorities in Myanmar to end the systematic abuses and discrimination against the Muslim minority. The Cabinet also praised OIC’s willingness to contribute to the process of reconstruction and humanitarian assistance to the affected people in Myanmar’s Arakan state.

The Cabinet extended its congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince on the Kingdom’s election to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The Cabinet also welcomed the election of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) to the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Asia and the Pacific for a four-year term.

The Cabinet expressed its condolences to the government and people of the Philippines on the victims Typhoon Haiyan and welcomed King Abdullah’s order to provide cash assistance of $10 million to the Philippines in support of efforts to counter the effects of the devastating hurricane.

The Council of Ministers welcomed the IV News Agencies World Congress hosted by the Kingdom and represented by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) under the auspices of King Abdullah with the participation of more than 70 news agencies from around the world.

Addressing its weekly agenda items, the Cabinet approved the Framework Agreement for Economic, Trade, Investment and Technical Cooperation between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Peru, signed in Lima in October 2012; authorized the president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) to sign a draft agreements on air service between the Kingdom and Turkmenistan, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan; and approved the final documents of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, held in Geneva from January 23 to February 17 2012.

The Cabinet also discussed a number of issues on its agenda, including the fiscal reports of the Ministry of Higher Education and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties for previous years.