Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (12/9/13)

December 9, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. The ministers began by wishing the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states success during their 34th summit, which will begin in Kuwait tomorrow. They were briefed on a number of issues related to GCC cooperation and reviewed the agenda of the upcoming summit.

After listening to reports on the latest regional and international developments, the Cabinet discussed the results of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting held in Vienna last week. Noting the decision of the body to maintain current production levels, the ministers commended the continued stability of the oil market and characterized price levels as suitably balanced.

The Cabinet offered the Kingdom’s condolences to the government and people of South Africa on the death of former President Nelson Mandela, who played a prominent role in his country’s struggle for freedom. It also expressed condolences to the government and people of Yemen, condemning the recent terrorist attack on the Ministry of Defense compound in Sana’a.

Next, the Cabinet reviewed the scientific and cultural activities that took place in the Kingdom last week. It welcomed the awarding of the King Khalid Prize to the late Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, as well as the launching of the Saudi human genome program at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Turning to its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a number of actions to empower the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media to review and organize media content; authorized the Minister of Interior to sign a draft agreement with the German Ministry of Interior on the provision of assistance for the development and training of border guards in the Kingdom; increased the Kingdom’s share in the subscribed capital of the Islamic Development Bank; approved appointments to the Board of Directors of the Saudi Postal Corporation and the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Development Fund; and approved the application of the decision of the 32nd session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states regarding the adoption of a system of sources of surface and ground water.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Ibrahim Al-Yahya as Legal Advisor at the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (15th rank); Nahedh Al-Harbi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Jassem Al-Khalidi as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mohammed Al-Otaibi as Administrative Advisor at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); Saud Al-Haqan as Adviser for Security Affairs at the Ministry of Interior; and Mansour Al-Mazrou’ as Assistant Undersecretary for registration of Property in Kind at the Ministry of Justice.

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