New Second Deputy Prime Minister chairs Cabinet session

March 30, 2009

Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz began the weekly Cabinet session in Riyadh today by thanking the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for his new appointment to the position of Second Deputy Prime Minister.


Then, Prince Nayef briefed the Cabinet on the consultations King Abdullah has held over the past few days with foreign officials, including Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The Cabinet praised the speech given by the King at the inauguration of the Shura Council’s session last Tuesday, during which the monarch stressed the importance of Arab solidarity. Prince Nayef expressed hope that the Arab Summit, currently being held in Doha, will contribute further to inter-Arab reconciliation. Prince Nayef also wished that all necessary measures be taken at next Thursday’s G-20 summit in London to revive the world economy.

The Cabinet activated the Rift Valley Fever Prevention Program; authorized Prince Nayef to discuss draft cooperation agreements with Algeria and Russia concerning the extradition of fugitives; approved the establishment of a national committee to care for mental health patients and their families; and approved the final account of the General Corporation of Grain Silos and Flour Mills for fiscal year 1426/1427 H.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan as Assistant Secretary General of the Council of Civil Service at the Ministry of Civil Service; Ibrahim Al-Jrayan as Director General of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Civil Service; Abdulaziz Al-Khonain as Director General of the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Civil Service; Salih Al-Khalil as Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; and Dr. Solaiman Ala’waishiq as Assistant Director General of the Administration of the General Committee at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers. All the appointments were made at the rank of 14.

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