King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

February 1, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, he recalled his latest contacts with foreign officials, including a message he received last week from Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The Cabinet commended the outcomes of last week’s London Conferences on Afghanistan and Yemen. The ministers reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to maintaining long-term aid and assistance to Afghanistan. Furthermore, they reaffirmed that Saudi Arabia will continue to support the Yemeni government and urged the international community to do the same.

On domestic issues, the Cabinet reviewed the economic, cultural and scientific activities that took place inside the Kingdom over the past few days. It praised the outcome of the International Exhibition for Higher Education which was attended by more than 300 representatives of foreign universities. The Cabinet also welcomed the many memoranda of cooperation concluded between Saudi and foreign universities during the proceedings.

After reviewing its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, adopted in Vienna June 17, 1994; authorized the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee to conclude a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Olympic Committee; authorized the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance to sign a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of Islamic affairs and endowments with the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs of Bahrain; approved a memorandum of understanding for scientific and educational cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and Spain’s Ministry of Sciences and Innovation, signed in Madrid on April 1, 2009; approved a number of measures regarding the Two Holy Mosques Express Train; and approved the formation of specialized scientific councils in the Cabinet’s Experts Commission.

The Cabinet appointed Muhanna Al-Muhanna as Director General of the Central Department of Statistics and Information (15th rank) at the Central Department of Statistics and Information and Fawaz Al-Shaalan as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.