The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace here yesterday.
At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the consultations held over the week on the relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a number of brotherly and friendly countries as well as the latest developments at regional, Arab and international arenas. The King briefed the Cabinet on the message he sent to the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said that the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on the developments in a number of Arab countries. The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's sorrow at the killing and bloodshed resulting from these incidents. In this regard, the Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom's sorrow at the violent incidents in Yemen which resulted in causalities and injuries. The Cabinet called upon all parties to exercise restraint and reason to save Yemen being dragged into more violence and fighting, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow security and stability upon Yemen and its people; speedy recovery to the injured; and bless upon the dead. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a number of injured officials and citizens who requested to be treated in the Kingdom. The Cabinet stressed that the Kingdom's action of receiving the injured from all parties is a duty dictated by religion and neighborly rights.
The Cabinet reiterated the continued efforts by the Kingdom and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States to help the brothers in Yemen reach a peaceful agreement that will end fighting, achieve the higher interests, and prevent deterioration of the situation in Yemen. The Cabinet also expressed hope that the GCC initiative will be signed by all parties to resolve the Yemeni crisis in a way that enhances the security, stability and unity of Yemen.
Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet condemned the Israeli occupation forces' continuation in practicing arrest and assault campaigns as well as all kinds of oppression, torture and arbitrary acts against the Palestinian people, in addition to the aggressive settlement campaign against Al-Quds. The Cabinet considered these acts as a blatant violation of United Nations resolutions, a flagrant defiance of the will of the international community, and a blockage of both the resumption of negotiations and the achievement of peace in the region.
On the domestic front, Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet discussed a number of issues, highly appreciating the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques which approved a detailed plan and a schedule containing urgent short term solutions and urgent future solutions for the increasing numbers of university graduates prepared for teaching, and holders of health diplomas after obtaining public secondary certificates. The King urged the concerned bodies to carry out the plan in accordance with the specified schedule.
Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet then reviewed a number of items on its agenda and issued the following decisions:
The Cabinet approved the organization of the National Committee for legalizing and standardizing the works of operation and maintenance.
The Cabinet approved a number of measures pertaining to the application of quality management systems in the government sector.
The Cabinet authorized the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Finnish side a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of fighting crime between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Finland.
The Cabinet approved the final accounts of Saudi Wildlife Commission for the fiscal year 1428/1429H.
The Cabinet approved the amendment of Articles (5) and (10) of the Electricity Law issued by royal Decree No. (M/56) dated 20/10/1426H. pertaining to electricity co-generation.
The Cabinet approved that the concerned bodies shall take the necessary measures to implement the decision of the GCC Supreme Council during its 30th session held in Kuwait on 14-15/12/2009, regarding equality among GCC citizens in the field of technical education.