Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session (9/2/13)

September 2, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon. First, the Cabinet was briefed on regional and international developments, particularly the situation in Syria. The ministers stressed that the Assad regime’s refusal to negotiate sincerely and its horrific massacres of civilians require a firm international response to put an end the humanitarian tragedy. They welcomed the statement issued by the Ministerial Council of the Arab League after its emergency meeting in Cairo, which condemned the Syrian regime’s heinous use of chemical weapons and called upon the international community to take up its responsibilities. The ministers warned that opposition to action will only encourage the Damascus regime and reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the Syrian people, as represented by the National Coalition.

Moving on to domestic affairs, the Cabinet noted the launch of the Hajj is Worship and Civilized Behavior Campaign. It confirmed that the Kingdom’s various departments are committed to assisting Hajj pilgrims, while warning that sanctions will be strictly applied to violators of Hajj regulations.

The Cabinet commended the opening of the Fourth Conference of Saudi Men of Letters, which coincides with the selection of Madinah as the Capital of Islamic Culture 2013. Furthermore, it lauded King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for launching the Program of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Support the Steadfastness of the Palestinian Cities. The initiative, which will provide $200 million to support Palestinian cities, was announced during the opening ceremony of the Thirteenth General Conference of the Organization of the Islamic Capitals and Cities in Makkah. Finally, the ministers were briefed on the Kingdom’s participation in the 20th Beijing International Book Fair.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved an agreement with Kuwait in the field of air transport services; decided that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance will join the Standing Committee for Money Laundering; and added a representative of the Investigation and Public Prosecution Commission to the Committee on Combating Organized Crime and Human Trafficking to the Human Rights Commission.