Jeddah - SPA
The Council of Ministers has backed Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s
call to confront terrorism and extremism, while denouncing Israel’s barbarism against
Palestinians in Gaza.
The Cabinet meeting, which was presided over by Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin, reviewed the
suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza as a result of the Zionist state’s
“The Cabinet also discussed the deteriorating situations in Syria and Iraq, renewing the
Kingdom’s call on the international community to assume its responsibilities toward
these tragic humanitarian situations,” said Housing Minister and Acting Information
Minister Shuwaish Al-Dhuwaihi.
The Cabinet highlighted the significance of King Abdullah’s speech addressing Islamic
and Arab nations and the international community.
“It is our duty to stand in the face of those who try to abduct Islam and present it to
the world as a religion of extremism, hatred and terrorism,” the king said in his
The Cabinet noted the warning given by the king against the silence of the international
community on what is happening in the region and the suffering of Palestinians during
ongoing mass killings and war crimes against humanity.
Al-Dhuwaihi said the Cabinet commended the success of this year’s Umrah season, with
nearly six million foreign pilgrims visiting the holy sites for Umrah.
“The Cabinet also hailed the success of four Saudi researchers from the National Center
for Petrochemical Technology at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
in discovering a new substance that is soon expected to open new industrial prospects in
the oil industry and its derivatives, in addition to canning industries and
transportation, with the reduction of the environmental effects of these industries,” it
The Cabinet approved the participation of the Ministry of Interior — represented by the
Traffic Department — in the membership of the executive committee on following up the
implementation of the Madinah public transport project.
It appointed Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Asiri and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Tamimi, Jamilah
bint Mohammad Allaboon and Sarah bint Saleh Alkhamshy, Hussein bin Abdul Rahman Al-Athel
and Ayedh bin Farhan Al-Qahtani as members of the board of directors of the National
Center for Social Studies and Research for three years.
The Bureau of Audit and Investigation will replace the Board of Grievances in the
membership of the Board on Disciplining Members of the Tawafa organizations, Guides
organization and Zamazimah.
It also appointed Khaled bin Abdullah Mufti ambassador, Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-
Shamrani ambassador, Abdul Rahman bin Dhaifullah Al-Anazi minister plenipotentiary at
Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Rashid administrative adviser at the
Ministry of the National Guard; and Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Ajian as consultant architect
at the Riyadh Municipality.