Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (12/16/13)

December 16, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon by expressing, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, deep appreciation for the efforts of the leaders and heads of delegations at the 34th session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Council held in Kuwait last week. The Council commended the decisions announced in the summit’s final communiqué, known as the Kuwait Declaration, which serve to further cooperation between the GCC states.

The Cabinet also welcomed the outcome of the 40th session of the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held recently in Guinea. It underlined the seriousness of the threat posed to Al-Aqsa mosque and Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as a whole by the Israeli occupation authorities and stressed the importance of standing firm against abuses and encroachments.

After listening to a briefing on the United Nations General Assembly meeting regarding Security Council reform, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to working with the UN and its member states in a fair, transparent manner in order to increase the legitimacy of the body. It predicted that Security Council reform will make the UN more effective, thus increasing the safety, stability and cooperativeness of the world.

Finally, the ministers were briefed on a number of events organized in the Kingdom last week, including the World Conference on Dialogue and Its Role in Defending the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the 6th Riyadh Economic Forum.

Turning to its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives and the General Directorate of the National Archive of Algeria; approved a penal system for crimes of terrorism and terror-financing; approved the continuation of what was stated in paragraph (2) of the Council of Ministers decision No. (11), which calls for the state to bear for three years 50% of the fees of passports, driving licenses, transfer of ownership, and renewal of residence permits of house labor for another three years; approved the continuation of the state’s bearing of the difference between the fee applied under the Common Customs Tariff of the GCC and the category of protection fee currently applied in the Kingdom; approved the application of the decision of the GCC Supreme Council in its 33rd session regarding the approval of the unified regulation of the family courts of the GCC states as a guiding regulation for four years; authorized the Minister of Health to sign a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the areas of health with the French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; and approved the veterinary pharmaceutical law of the GCC, which was adopted by the Supreme Council in its 32nd session.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Abdullah Farhan Abu Zra’a as Director General of the National Information Center at the Ministry of Interior (15th rank); Abdullah Al-Ghamdi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ibrahim Al-Hassoun as Secretary-General of the Anti-Narcotics National Committee at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); Fahd Al-Zayed as Issues Advisor at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); Saad Al-Assem as Director General of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Water and Electricity (14th rank); and Abdulrahman Al-Hussein as Director General of the Makkah Branch at the General Presidency for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (14th rank).