Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (4/1/13)

April 1, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. The Council began by offering its condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, the Second Deputy Prime Minister, the royal family, and the Saudi people on the demise of Prince Badr bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

Then, the Cabinet discussed the latest developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas. It expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Arab leaders that participated in the 24th Arab Summit in Qatar last week, praising the contents of their final statement, the Doha Declaration. It also welcomed the Dushanbe Declaration, which was issued at the end of the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Tajikistan.

The Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom’s condemnation of Israel’s unilateral actions aimed at changing the demographic reality of the occupied Palestinian territories, including Al-Quds [Jerusalem]. It appealed to the international community to address the illegal Israeli practices, including the economic and military blockade against the Palestinian people, which violate international law and United Nations resolutions.

Finally, the Cabinet expressed its appreciation to the General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for its unanimous selection of Saudi Arabia as President of the WTO Trade Council for Services in Geneva.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet noted that the 35th awards ceremony of the King Faisal International Prize reflects the Kingdom’s great appreciation of and encouragement to scientists, researchers and specialists in various fields.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs to sign a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of Municipal Affairs with Jordan; approved a number of measures for the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to take in order to improve the status of service centers and fuel stations on regional roads; approved an agreement with Gambia in the field of air transport services; approved the final account of the General Organization for Railways for fiscal year 1432/1433 H.; and approved a memorandum of understanding for technical cooperation between the Kingdom and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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