King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

March 21, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, the King expressed his appreciation for the outpouring of support shown by the Saudi people following his address to the nation and the issuance of a number of royal orders last Friday. He noted that the edicts aim to improve the welfare of the Kingdom’s citizens and to support the state’s civil and military institutions. The concerned officials must implement the royal orders immediately, he added.

Then, King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on his most recent foreign contacts, including telephone calls he received from U.S. President Barack Obama; British Prime Minister David Cameron; and Spanish King Juan Carlos, in addition to messages he sent to Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir; Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad; and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The Cabinet listened to a number of reports on the latest developments in the regional and international arenas, following with particular concern events that have affected the Arab world. While reiterating the Kingdom’s positions towards these developments, the Cabinet emphasized the importance of maintaining the safety and security of citizens when dealing with particular events in a way that assures the security, stability and territorial integrity of neighboring countries.

Regarding domestic affairs, the Cabinet welcomed the holding of several scientific, cultural and economic forums in the Kingdom last week, including the 6th Prince Sultan International Award for Memorization of the Holy Quran for Military Men; the 11th Jeddah Economic Forum, held under the theme “21st Century Transformation”; and the International Exhibition and Forum for Public Education.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on bilateral political consultations between the Saudi Foreign Ministry and the Danish Foreign Ministry; approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Convention on Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention); approved the final accounts of the General Organization for Railways for fiscal year 1430/1431 H.; and approved a number of amendments to the Employee Discipline Law, issued by Royal Decree No. (M/7), dated 01/02/1391 H.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdulrahman Al-Salem as Director General of Water in Makkah Province at the Ministry of Water and Electricity (15th rank); Abdullah Al-Issa as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ghannam Al-Ghannam as Director General of Batha Customs at the Customs Authority (14th rank); and Omar Al-Omar as Administrative Consultant at the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (14th rank).