Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (7/7/14)

July 7, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this evening. The ministers praised the commitment of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to ensuring the comfort of pilgrims, as demonstrated by the continuation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project of Expansion of the Holy Mosque in Makkah.

Next, the Cabinet strongly denounced the vicious attack against security personnel at the Al-Wadiah Border Post by a group of terrorists. It condemned the members of the deviant group, who showed no respect for the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan. The ministers expressed their deepest condolences to the martyrs’ families and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

After listening to a number of reports on regional and international developments, the Cabinet reviewed the Kingdom’s stances on various issues. It thanked King Abdullah for his order to provide $500 million as humanitarian assistance to the brotherly people of Iraq, regardless of their religion, sect or ethnicity.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet expressed appreciation of the King’s order to pay SR 1.4 billion [$372 million] to social security beneficiaries. It also welcomed the royal order for the establishment of Specialized Courts for Implementation across the Kingdom, which comes within the framework of King Abdullah’s efforts to develop the judiciary.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved licensing a stock company called “Headquarters Company for Development” in Madinah that will promote developmental programs for remote and under-developed areas; authorized the Minister of Interior to sign a draft agreement with the government of Belarus for cooperation in the field of combating crime; approved the Mental Health Care System; and approved the final accounts of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization for fiscal year 1433/1434 H.