The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace here yesterday.
At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed his thanks and appreciation to the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their sincere feelings towards his royal address and the royal orders he issued last Friday which aim at achieving better welfare for the citizens and supporting the civil and military state institutions. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques directed the concerned ministers and officials to implement those orders immediately.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet expressed appreciation and sincere thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the speech he addressed to the citizens as well as the royal orders that paid attention to achieving prosperity and welfare for the citizens in addition to supporting state institutions and sectors. The Cabinet also said that these royal orders reflect appreciation of the citizens' role in building their homeland and contributing actively to the construction of its landmarks.
Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the contacts, messages and consultations that took place during the last week with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries on the bilateral relations and the developments at regional and international arenas, including the messages he sent to President Umar Hassan Al-Bashir of the Sudan, President Bashar Al-Asad of Syria and President Hu Jintao of China; in addition to the telephone calls he received from King Juan Carlos of Spain, President Barack Obama of the United States and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.
The Minister of Culture and Information said the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on the developments at Arab, regional and international arenas, following with great concern these developments and their consequences on a number of brotherly Arab countries. While reiterating the Kingdom's firm stances towards these, the Cabinet emphasized the importance of maintaining the safety and security of citizens when dealing with such events in a way that assures security, stability and territorial integrity of the brotherly countries.
On internal affairs, the Cabinet lauded the holding of several scientific, cultural and economic forums in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the past few days, including the 6th Prince Sultan International Award for Memorization of the Holy Quran for Military Men; the 11th Jeddah Economic Forum held under the theme of '21st Century Transformation'; and the International Exhibition and Forum for Public Education.
Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet then reviewed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the following decisions:
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding dealing with bilateral political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark, signed in Copenhagen on 15/02/2010.
The Cabinet approved the Kingdom's accession to the Convention on Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention).
The Cabinet approved the final accounts of the General Organization for Railways for the fiscal year (1430/1431H.).
The Cabinet approved a number of amendments to the Employee Discipline Law issued by the Royal Decree No. (M/7) dated 01/02/1391 H.
The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:
1- Eng. Abdulrahman bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al-Salem appointed to the post of Director General of Water in Makkah Region (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Water and Electricity.
2- Abdullah bin Sulaiman bin Mohammed Al-Issa appointed to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3- Ghannam bin Saleh bin Ghannam Al-Ghannam appointed to the post of Director General of Batha Customs (Rank 14) at the Customs Authority.
4- Omar bin Ahmad bin Abdulmohsen Al-Omar appointed to the post of Administrative Consultant (Rank 14) at the Supreme Council of Magistracy.