King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (10/1/12)

October 1, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon. At the outset, the Cabinet thanked the King for his approval of the latest expansion project at the Prophet’s Mosque, which will allow the facility to accommodate up to 1.8 million worshippers. Then, the ministers reviewed the readiness of various governmental sectors and private bodies to serve pilgrims during the Hajj season. King Abdullah ordered all efforts be made to enable pilgrims to perform the Hajj rituals with ease and safety, stressing the importance of coordination and teamwork.

Turning to international relations, the Cabinet listened to a report on the activities of the Saudi delegation to the 79th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The ministers reiterated the Kingdom’s positions on various global issues, as laid out by the speech delivered to the gathering by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. They also stressed the Kingdom’s commitment to promoting the principles and aims of the United Nations in order to achieve the aspirations of security, prosperity and stability around the globe.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the establishment of a “Public Transport Commission” with financial and administrative independence; approved two memoranda of understanding between the Saudi Interior Ministry’s Financial Investigation Unit and both the Armenian Central Bank’s Financial Control Center and the French Intelligence and Combating Illegal Financial Networks Agency for cooperation in the exchange of financial intelligence regarding money laundering and terror financing; approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Postal Payment Services Agreement; and approved a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity and the South Korean Ministry of Lands, Transportation and Maritime Affairs.