Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (6/23/14)

June 23, 2014

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon. The Cabinet briefed on the outcome of the talks held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi. It reiterated the Kingdom’s support for Egypt’s safety, stability and unity. The Cabinet also briefed on the discussions held during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s trip to the Kingdom. The Council of Ministers stressed the importance of implementing the Geneva agreement in order to achieve a peaceful transition in Syria, combat terrorism, and ensure the territorial integrity of Iraq.

Next, the Council of Ministers thanked King Abdullah for his order to construct 11 sports stadiums, built to the highest international standards, across the country. It praised the monarch’s support for sports and youth activities, as well his commitment to spreading development across all the nation’s regions. The Council welcomed the results of the 41st session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which was held in the Kingdom under the title “Exploring Areas of Islamic Cooperation”. The Council also discussed the results of the visit of Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to France, commending the two countries’ close, historical ties.

Crown Prince stressed the importance of implementing the directives of King Abdullah to make preparations to serve visitors and Umrah performers during the holy month of Ramadan. Then, the Cabinet expressed appreciation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for adding historic Jeddah to its list of World Heritage Sites. The Cabinet also hailed the success of the Ministry of Interior in thwarting an attempt to smuggle more than half a ton of cocaine into the Kingdom; praised the Ministry of Housing for beginning the distribution of housing units to families in Jazan; and offered congratulations on the successful launch of the XIII Saudi industrial satellite.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a draft memorandum of understanding regarding political consultations between the Saudi Foreign Ministry and the foreign ministries of other countries; approved the Regulation on Antiquities, Museums and Architectural Heritage; decided that the Ministry of Finance shall submit the Kingdom’s subscription application to get permanent membership in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); and approved a number of regulations exempting certain establishments from paying fees. Lastly, the Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdulaziz Al-Jarrah as Undersecretary of the National Guard for Technical Affairs at the Ministry of the National Guard (15th rank); Abdullah Al-Wahaib as Director General of Follow-up at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); and Hamad Al-Nafie’ as Director General of the Health Affairs Department in Madinah Province at the Ministry of Health (14th rank).