Riyadh - SPA:
Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace here yesterday.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet continued to discuss thoroughly the effects of floods and rains that hit Jeddah and its surroundings. In this regard, the Cabinet listened to the report of the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his tour and the Ministerial Committee last week to the affected areas in the province of Jeddah and what were exerted by concerned departments to implement the Royal directives to mitigate the effects and damages caused by the flash floods and rains.
The Cabinet also listened to the outcomes of the meeting held on last Tuesday in Jeddah by the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior with the concerned Ministerial Committee to implement the orders of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Deputy to counter the effects of this serious problem and to find urgent and permanent solutions.
He added that the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on the latest regional and international developments, pointing out that the Cabinet monitored the latest developments in Egypt and hoped that the situation will be solved by peaceful means in order to maintain stability and security there and to spare its economy any negative implications that may hamper its historic role at Arab, Islamic and International arenas.
The Cabinet expressed hope, too, that the result of referendum in Sudan would foster peace between the north and the south and that relations between the two sides will be based on good neighborly and friendly relations, wishing all progress and prosperity to the Sudanese people.
The Minister of Culture and Information said the Cabinet discussed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the relevant decisions as follows:
1- The Cabinet approved that the Youth Welfare, represented by scout teams, shall be among supporting bodies to the Ministry of Hajj in providing all services to the pilgrims.
2- The Cabinet approved inclusion of a representative of the National Centre for Documents and Archives into the board of King Abdulaziz Foundation and the inclusion, in return, of a representative of King Abdulaziz Foundation into the board of the National Centre.
3-The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance - or his deputy - to discuss with the Syrian side a draft agreement on Customs cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, and to sign and submit the signed final version to complete the regular requirements.
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation in the field of health between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed in Doha on 22/2/2010.
The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:
1- Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Mohammad Al-Tob appointed to the post of Mayor of Hail Province (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs.
2- Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Hendi Al-Dubayyan appointed to the post of Adviser for Education (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Education.
3- Abdurrahman bin Mohammed bin Amin Al-Ali appointed to the post of Undersecretary of Mayor for Services (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs.
4- Rashid bin Qaiad bin Rashid Al-Qaiad appointed to the post of Assistant Undersecretary for Guidance and Educational Supervision (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Education.