Newly-appointed ministers of the Saudi cabinet separately took oath before The Custodian
of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at his palace in Riyadh
The new ministers are Dr. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Abalkhail, Minister of Islamic Affairs,
Endowments, Call and Guidance; Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Sabti, Minister of Higher
Education; Dr. Mohammed bin Ali bin Hayaze'a Al Hayaze'a, Minister of Health; Dr.
Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudairi, Minister of Culture and Information; Eng. Waleed bin
Abdulkareem Al-Khuraiji, Minister of Agriculture; Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-
Muqbel, Minister of Transport; and Dr. Isam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of State,
Member of the Cabinet and Chief of the Commission of Experts at the Council of
Each one swore to be sincere to his religion, king and nation and never divulge any of
the State's secrets, to preserve its interests and systems and carry out his duties with
the most possible honesty, faithfulness and sincerity.
For his part, the monarch congratulated them on the new appointment, appealing to Allah
Almighty to help them carry out their duties in the service of their religion and
For their part, the ministers expressed thanks to and appreciation of the king for the
royal confidence bestowed on them, appealing to Allah Almighty to help them meet the
aspirations of the prudent leadership.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the
Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign
Affairs; Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier,
Advisor to and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Khalid bin
Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin
Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister
of Interior; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Foreign Minister;
Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Mohammed bin
Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, Chief of the Crown
Prince's Court and Special Advisor to the Crown Prince; Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdul-
Elah bin Abdulaziz; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of
the cabinet; and Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance.