The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired here yesterday the Cabinet's virtual session.
At the outset, the Cabinet reviewed latest developments related to Coronavirus pandemic, at the local as well as the international arenas, especially in terms of preventive and remedial aspects, comprehensive health attention and medical care accorded to active cases, contributions of precautionary and preventive measures, providing services and easy access to them, obtaining them and the health system provided to treatment services, in order to limit the spread of the virus, to fix and lessen the toll of confirmed and critical cases.
The Cabinet followed up procedures of all public sector employees return to their workplaces, in accordance with the health indicators and data, in the cities and governorates of the Kingdom, stressing the importance of abiding by the precautionary measures and preventive procedures and committing to the instructions issued by the competent authorities and implementing all applicable protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Acting Minister of Media Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), pointed out that the Cabinet voiced congratulations to the students and teachers, males and females, on the advent of the new academic year, in addition to the education and training staffs, in various stages, and to continue with educational process, provided via e-platforms, due to the exceptional Coronavirus circumstances, that requiring exigence of abiding by the precautionary measures, reaffirming the significance of families shouldering their roles and responsibilities, in this respect, to guarantee the continuance of the educational process and utilizing technology to realize the best of possible outcomes.
The Cabinet pointed to the discovery, by Saudi Aramco, of two new oil and gas fields in each of Al-Jouf and Northern Borders provinces, thanking Allah the Almighty for His visible and invisible graces bestowed on this country. The Cabinet paid tribute to the efforts being exerted by the Ministry of Energy and Saudi Aramco in the fields of exploration and production in a way that bolsters the economic diversity of the Kingdom.
The Minister said the Cabinet reviewed a number of issues pertaining to the developments of the recent regional and international incidents, reiterating the Kingdom's denunciation of the Iran-backed continuing terrorist Houthi attacks, violating the humanitarian international law and martial rules through deliberate and systematic launching of booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles towards civil properties and civilians in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's welcome of the signing, in initials, of peace arrangement protocols between the Sudanese Government and the Revolutionary Front, valuing the development as an important step on the way to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Sudanese people and their legitimate hopes in peace, development and prosperity and enhancing Sudan's sovereignty, national unity and regional integrity.
The Cabinet was briefed on the issues on its agenda, including some co-studied by the Shura Council. The Cabinet was also briefed on the results reached by each of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs; the Council of Political and Security Affairs; the General Committee of the Cabinet; and the Commission of Experts on those issues. The Cabinet issued the following decisions:
The Cabinet authorized the minister of interior, or his deputy, to discuss with the Cyprus side a draft agreement on security cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, sign it and forward the final signed version to finalize regular procedures.
Second: The Cabinet approved an agreement on consular privileges and immunities between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the United States of America.
Third: The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the cultural field between the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.
Fourth: The Cabinet approved an agreement on mutual recognition of Authorized Economic Operator Program between the General Authority of Customs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Customs Authority of the United Arab Emirates.
Fifth: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Investment -or his deputy- to discuss with the Japanese side a draft protocol attached to a memorandum of cooperation on the implementation of the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Japan.
Sixth: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Transport, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation -or his deputy- to sign a draft agreement in the field of air transport services between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Seventh: The Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Documentation Department at the General Secretariat for the Presidency of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Eighth: The Cabinet approved the establishment of King Salman International Complex for Arabic Language.
Ninth: The Cabinet approved amending some articles of the Legal Pleadings Law, Criminal Procedures Law, Pleadings before the Board of Grievances Law, allowing the use of electronic means for notifications.
Tenth: The Cabinet approved amending the basic law of Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company, allowing the Company to be managed by a board of directors consisting of eleven members named every three years, and headed by the Mayor of Jeddah Governorate with the membership of representatives from a number of government agencies and five representatives from the private sector named by the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
Eleventh: The Cabinet approved that vehicles lease contract - signed by its parties through the electronic portal of the Public Transport Authority - shall be considered a documented contract in terms of evidence and execution.
Twelfth: The Cabinet approved a number of promotions at the ranks of (14 and 15).
The Cabinet was briefed on a number of issues on its agenda and took relevant recommendations towards them.