Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (3/17/14)

March 17, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh this afternoon. He began by thanking the leaders of Pakistan, Japan, India, the Maldives and China for the generous hospitality they accorded to him and his delegation during a multi-country tour. The Crown Prince noted the eagerness exhibited by officials in those countries to deepen relations with the Kingdom in a variety of fields.

The Cabinet then reviewed the latest developments in the Arab and international arenas. The ministers once again expressed their surprise and rejection of the fabricated and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi Prime Minister accusing the Kingdom of supporting terrorism in Iraq. They criticized the Iraqi leader for attempting to turn facts upside down and blaming others in order to cover up the failures of his own government. The Cabinet welcomed the statement issued at the conclusion of the 31st meeting of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers in Morocco, which denounced terrorism and sectarianism and encouraged Arab states to coordinate their counterterrorism efforts.

Turning to local affairs, the Cabinet commended the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for his patronage of the 3rd Saudi Converting Industries Forum in Yanbu Industrial City. It praised the leadership for its focus on developing Saudi industry and creating the infrastructure necessary to support major projects. The ministers also welcomed the announcement of the program “The Collection of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdulaziz of the Prophetic Sunnah” on the Internet and commended the recommendations issued by the 14th Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Arab World, which was hosted by the Kingdom last week.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the Statute of the Organization for the Development of Women in the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); approved regulations regarding the creation of the Coordinating Committee for Persons with Disabilities Services, to be led by officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs; and authorized the Minister of Civil Service to sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of civil service between the Kingdom and Japan.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Hamoud Al-Ghareer as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Fares Al-Aida as Commander of the 38th Regiment at the Ministry of the National Guard; Dr. Khalid Al-Batal as Undersecretary of the Eastern Region Governorate at the Ministry of Interior (15th rank); Dr. Salah Al-Ma’ayouf as Director General of Consulting at the Institute of Public Administration (15th rank); and Dhaifullah Al-Thubaiti as Administrative Advisor at the Control and Investigation Bureau (14th rank).