King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (5/27/13)

May 27, 2013

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at his palace in Jeddah this afternoon. The ministers were briefed on a number of domestic issues, including the efforts of the Ministries of Interior and Labor to correct the status of illegal residents in the Kingdom. They called upon illegal workers to take advantage of the opportunities offered by King Abdullah, stressing that the measures are in the interest of both the workers and the employers. They also thanked the King for his issuance of an order aimed at assisting holders of undergraduate health diplomas to find work in the health sector.

Then, the Cabinet was briefed on the latest developments in the regional and international arenas, including efforts to address the Syrian crisis. The ministers also marked the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretariat General, hailing the efforts of GCC leaders and their commitment to achieving the aspirations of the GCC peoples.

Turning to its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Crown Prince to sign a draft agreement with the government of Austria for the mutual protection of classified information; approved the reformation of the Board of Trustees of the King Fahd National Library; approved the conversion of the Standing Committee of Exhibitions and Conferences in the National Program into the National Program for Exhibitions and Conferences; and tasked the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with preparing the Kingdom’s participation at foreign exhibitions.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Zuhair Al-Idrissi as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mohammed Al-Humaidi as Regular Expert/A at the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers (15th rank); Abdullah Al-Qannas as Regular Expert/B at the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers (14th rank); Dhaifallah Al-Otaibi as Director General of Customs of King Khalid International Airport at Saudi Customs (14th rank); and Mohammed Al-Dakheel as Director General of Riyadh’s Dry Port at Saudi Customs (14th rank).