Crown Prince Nayef chairs Cabinet session (10/31/11)

October 31, 2011

Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet meeting in Riyadh today by expressing, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi people, and himself, profound sorrow over the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. “With the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Islamic and Arab nations have, in fact, lost one of the most prominent leaders, who put himself at the service of his religion, country, nation and all of humanity and played a leading role in the service of Islam and Muslims and exerted blessed efforts towards the regional, Arab and international issues of righteousness and justice,” he said. Crown Prince Sultan thanked the numerous foreign leaders and officials who have offered their condolences over the past week.

For its part, the Cabinet congratulated Crown Prince Nayef on his new appointment, wishing him every success. The new Crown Prince thanked King Abdullah for the confidence bestowed upon him, characterizing his new position as both a great task and an honor and vowing to work towards maintaining the prosperity, security and stability of the Kingdom. The Cabinet also thanked God for the success of the back surgery King Abdullah recently underwent, congratulating the Saudi monarch on his discharge from the hospital.

After reviewing a report on the latest preparations for the Hajj season, Crown Prince Sultan welcomed the pilgrims who have already arrived in the Kingdom. On behalf of King Abdullah, he urged all sectors to redouble their efforts to serve the visitors and to ensure that Hajj rituals are performed with ease and comfort.

The Cabinet then expressed its deepest condolences to the government and people of Turkey on the death and destruction caused by the earthquake that hit eastern Turkey last week. The ministers praised the King’s directive to provide $50 million in assistance to the Turkish government.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with Turkey on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs-related issues; approved the enforcement of the decision issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Abu Dhabi in December 2010 giving Gulf companies the right to open branches in different member states and be treated equally; and approved the re-formation of the Board of Directors of the Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization.