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 talks and consultations that took place during the last few days with officials from a number of brotherly countries, which focused on means of enhancing cooperation in addition to the developments at Islamic and Arab arenas. The King briefed the Cabinet on the audience he held for Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
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 reviewed a number of reports on the continuing crises and their developments in a number of Arab countries, stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen on the security, stability, unity and independence of Arab countries. Therefore, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses again deep sorrow and grief over the casualties, including women and children, as a result of such crises, calling upon all to give priority to the voice of wisdom and reason, to stop bloodshed and to resort to serious reforms that ensure the rights and dignity of Arabs.
The Cabinet welcomed the launch of the National Dialogue in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as the formation of an independent fact-findng commission under the order of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to inquire about the incidents that took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Cabinet expressed satisfaction over the return of security and stability to the Kingdom of Bahrain, hailing the serious progress of reforms and development in the Kingdom of Bahrain and reiterating the Kingdom's rejection of any external interference that harms the interest of Bahrain, tries to tamper with the security of any GCC countries or stirs up sedition in GCC countries.
The Minister also said the Cabinet announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan, expressing hope that this will contribute to the restoration of security and stability in that region and achieve hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese people.
Dr. Khoja said that the Cabinet addressed a number of issues on the local front, reviewed a number of topics on its agenda and issued the following decisions:
The Cabinet approved an agreement on general cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Hungary, signed in Budapest on 05/10/2010.
The Cabinet approved an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, signed in Riyadh on 04/01/2011.
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Commerce and Industry -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Moroccan side a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the industrial field between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The Cabinet approved Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding for inspection and control of ships in the ports of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States.
The Cabinet approved the final accounts of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority for fiscal years (1427H./1428H.), (1428H./1429H.) and (1430H./1431H).
The cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:
1- Salih bin Abdulkarim bin Abdullah Al-Mohaimeed appointed to the post of Undersecretary of the Governorate (Rank 15) at the Governorate of Northern Borders Region.
2- Ruqayyah bint Sulaiman bin Ali Al-Alola appointed to the post of Adviser for Education Affairs (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Education.
3- Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Hadlaq appointed to the post of Social Counselor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Social Affairs.
4- Saeed bin Eid bin Ibrahim Al-Eid appointed to the post of Cultural Attache (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Higher Education.