Crown Prince Salman chairs Cabinet session (12/17/12)

December 17, 2012

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon. He began by expressing gratitude for the recovery of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who was recently discharged from the hospital after undergoing successful back surgery. The Crown Prince conveyed the King’s greetings and thanks to the Saudi people and to all the foreign leaders who have inquired about his health.

Then, the Cabinet dealt with a number of local issues and discussed the latest regional and international events. The ministers commended the Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud International Award for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies, praising the significant impact of this honor. They also discussed two annual reports regarding the Communication and Information Technology Commission and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation.

On the topic of foreign affairs, the Cabinet welcomed the outcome of the fourth ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People, which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco last week. It reiterated the Kingdom’s hope that the Syrian National Coalition, as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, will be able to form comprehensive and clear policies that ensure the rights of all the Syrian people and maintain the country’s unity, sovereignty and independence.

Addressing its weekly agenda, the Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a draft agreement on general cooperation with Benin; approved a number of decisions regarding the General Authority for Civil Aviation and a comprehensive strategic plan for the advancement of the Kingdom’s aviation industry; and accredited the final account of the Saudi Ports Authority for fiscal year 1431/1432 H.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al-Saif as a member of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), replacing Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Abdulqader, for three years.