King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

May 9, 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, he welcomed the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, who will be attending their 13th Consultative Meeting in Riyadh tomorrow. The King also gave a briefing on the message he received over the weekend from Yemeni President Asif Ali Zardari.

During the rest of the session, the Cabinet focused almost entirely on foreign affairs. After listening to a report on regional developments, the Cabinet emphasized the importance of ending the bloodshed in and preserving the unity, security and stability of Arab countries.

The ministers condemned the burning of churches and other acts of sectarian violence in Imbaba, Egypt, which have killed and injured many people, offering their condolences to the Egyptian government, people and families of the victims.

The Cabinet stressed the importance of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo on Wednesday, describing it as an important step towards unifying Palestinian efforts aimed at establishing an independent state.

Finally, the ministers expressed appreciation for the two statements issued last week by the 12th Consultative Meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers and the 2nd Joint Ministerial Meeting of the GCC-China Strategic Dialogue.

Addressing their agenda items, the Cabinet appointed Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman, Dr. Adel Al-Dosari, Saad Al-Majel and Zaki Farsi to the Board of Directors of the General Survey Authority for a period of three years; approved an agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism, organized crime and the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors with Kazakhstan; authorized the President of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) to sign a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy with South Korea; approved the reformation of the Tax Appeal Committee provided for in the Income Tax Law issued by Royal Decree No. (M/1); and decided on the membership of the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdullah Al-Qarni as Mayor of Jazan and Dr. Saleh Al-Tamimi as Undersecretary for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Culture and Information (15th rank).