Prince Nayef chairs Cabinet session

November 8, 2010

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, Prince Nayef welcomed, on behalf of the government and people of Saudi Arabia, the pilgrims who have been arriving at the Holy Sites from around the world. After listening to a report on Hajj preparations, he urged all officials exert their best efforts to serve the Muslim pilgrims.

Prince Nayef then briefed the Cabinet on the foreign contacts made by King Abdullah over the past week, including a message he received from Jordanian King Abdullah II, a telephone call from Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and a meeting with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al-Thani.

The Cabinet addressed a number of regional and international issues, including the efforts being exerted to revive the Arab-Israeli peace process and the situations in Iraq, Sudan and Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed recent international counterterrorism efforts, stressing the importance of cooperation and intelligence-sharing.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage, adopted on May 21, 1963, and the Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage, adopted on September 12, 1997; approved a number of measures pertaining to a study submitted by the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs on the lands allocated to governmental bodies; approved the formation of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank; approved a number of measures regarding a study submitted by the Minister of Agriculture on distributing agriculture lands; and approved a memorandum of understanding in the field of technical and vocational training between the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and the Irish Ministry of Education and Science.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Samir Bukhari as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment; Abdullah Al-Khunain as Assistant Undersecretary for Teacher Affairs at the Ministry of Education; Nasser Al-Fawzan as Assistant Undersecretary for Company Affairs at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; and Adeeb Al-Khunaizi as Petroleum Engineer Advisor at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. All of the appointments were made at the 14th rank.