Crown Prince Sultan chairs Cabinet session

July 12, 2010

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. The Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on developments in the Arab and Islamic worlds and condemned the recent terrorist acts that have killed and wounded scores of innocent civilians in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Uganda. The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm and ongoing rejection of terrorism, whatever its source and location, and stressed the need to achieve security and stability in those nations.

Then Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who serves as Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, delivered a report on the outcome of the latest meeting of the Committee. Prince Nayef praised the directives issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan on achieving higher levels of safety and security for pilgrims, Umrah performers and holy site visitors, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, adding that those directives are being implemented.

Next, the Cabinet expressed its satisfaction with the findings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Financial Action Task Force to the Middle East and North Africa (MENAFATF), which ranked the Kingdom first among Arab countries and in the top ten among G-20 states in its efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

Moving on to its agenda items, the Cabinet approved two agreements with Egypt on prisoner transfers and combating drug-trafficking, signed in Sharm el-Sheikh on 14/10/2009; authorized the Minister of Education to sign an agreement with UNESCO to create a program called the “Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Program for the Culture of Dialogue and Peace”; approved the final account of the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities for fiscal year 1428/1429 H.; approved several rules regulating the establishment of sports academies by clubs; and approved the accession of the Kingdom to the International Sugar Agreement for the year (1992 G.).

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Yousef Al-Shathry as Management Consultant at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and General Inspection (15th rank); Mohammed Al-Mutairi as Committee Works’ Manager at the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers (15th rank); Abdulaziz Al-Babtain as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for School Affairs at the Ministry of Education (14th rank); Ibrahim Al-Hussaini as General Manager of Public Expenditure at the Ministry of Finance (14th rank); and Bashir Al-Fotawi as Consultant Geologist Engineer at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (14th rank).