Crown Prince Salman chairs Cabinet session (3/4/13)

March 4, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet meeting this afternoon at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh with a review of the latest Arab, regional and international developments. The Cabinet noted the outcome of the Friends of Syria Conference held in Rome last week, reiterating the Kingdom’s appeal to the international community to provide the political and material support required by the Syrian people to defend themselves.

The ministers were also briefed on the 126th session of the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, held on Sunday in Riyadh. They lauded the final statement issued by the delegates, which called for the strengthening of GCC integration and cooperation. Then, the Cabinet reviewed the works of the recent International Conference of the Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna. During that meeting, the Kingdom’s representative called for an alliance of civilizations to be forged based on respect for different religions and civilizations, as well as the promotion of justice, equality and dignity.

Finally, the Cabinet was briefed on the 22nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Kingdom’s speech at that event emphasized the importance of tackling ethnic and religious violence and promoting moderation and tolerance between religions and cultures, as exemplified by the opening of the King Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet commended Crown Prince Salman’s inauguration of the Exhibition of Historical Photos in Saudi Newspapers. It characterized the Crown Prince’s support as consistent with his role in preserving the national heritage of the Kingdom and his respect for the role of the press in forming cultural identity.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives and the Islamic Millia University in India, signed in Riyadh on 5/5/12; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign two draft agreements with Sudan and Turkmenistan to avoid double taxation and income tax evasion; approved the linkage of the Assessment Commission of General Education to the Prime Minister until the Supreme Council of Education exercises its tasks and functions; approved a number of measures regarding the developments of a domestic industry for cars or car parts; ratified the final accounts of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) for fiscal year 1431-32 H.; and approved the Kingdom’s ascension to the agreement establishing the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).