Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (5/12/14)

May 12, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah today. The Cabinet was briefed on several scientific, economic, cultural, and social conferences and activities held across the Kingdom last week. It praised the speech delivered on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the 11th Asian Media Summit, in which the monarch urged media outlets to behave with responsibility. The ministers welcomed Crown Prince Salman’s launching of the National Initiative for Traffic Safety, calling on all citizens and expatriates to comply with the regulations. They also welcomed the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference, which was jointly organized by the Ministry of Finance and the Euromoney Foundation.

Next, the Cabinet was briefed on the efforts of security forces that led to the discovery of a terrorist group inside the Kingdom. It thanked the relevant authorities for their achievements and expressed admiration to all citizens who cooperate against those attempting to destabilize the Kingdom and pervert Islam.

Turning to international events, the Cabinet condemned the continuing attacks and excavation work taking place in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation authorities, which prevents worshippers from exercising their rights. It held Israel responsible for the deterioration of the situation and warned against efforts to change the identity and status of the city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem].

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation and strategic dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Japan; approved a number of guidelines relating to the Saudization of businesses and commercial activities; approved the extension of the agreement between the Kingdom and France on the avoidance of double taxation; approved a number of arrangements regarding the Real Estate Contributions Committee; and approved a memorandum of understanding in the field of civil service between the Kingdom and Morocco.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Isam Al-Mal as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Nasir Al-Foozan as Administrative Advisor at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (15th rank); Talaat Al-Moslmani as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Abdulrahman Al-Abdulatif as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (14th rank).

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