King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (8/1/11)

August 1, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah this evening. At the outset, he congratulated the people of the Kingdom and the entire Islamic world on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, appealing to Allah Almighty to avail upon them successful fasting. He also instructed that the best efforts be exerted to provide services to Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the Holy Places, and advised Muslims to provide assistance to the needy. Then, King Abdullah described his latest contacts with foreign officials, including a telephone call he received from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

After listening to a number of reports on ongoing events in the Arab world, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s support for peace and held up the beginning of Ramadan as a great opportunity for the Islamic nation to achieve fraternity and tolerance, to discard differences and to live in harmony.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved the job hierarchy of the judiciary sector; approved the proposed regulations on settling all the financial dues against Saudi nationals who were charged abroad; and approved the continuation of the importation of Palestinian goods, with the government’s shouldering their customs duties for one more year, effective 11 Ramadan 1432 H.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdullah Al-Faisali as Director General of the Ministry of Civil Service’s branch in Assir Province; Hazlool Al-Hazlool as Planning Consultant Engineer at the Ministry of Transport; and Mohammed Al-Gara’awi as Director General of the Office of the Minister of Water and Electricity. All the appointments were made at the 14th rank.