Jeddah - SPA:
Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Monday afternoon.
At the outset of the session, the Cabinet was briefed on the results of talks held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar on aspects of cooperation between the two brotherly countries, and the overall events and developments at Islamic, Arab and international arenas.
The Cabinet expressed its congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince for what has been achieved of success for this year's Hajj season, as pilgrims performed their Hajj rituals in safety, security, and an atmosphere of faith accompanied by intensive efforts and various services provided by all bodies participating in the works of Hajj. In this context, the Cabinet expressed its thanks and appreciation to all employees of government and private sectors, which were honored with providing services to the guests of Allah and for what they exerted of efforts to achieve the success of the plans, safety of Hajj and being free from epidemic and quarantine diseases.
The Cabinet stressed that the contents of the speech of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addressed to pilgrims and its noble and valuable meanings embody the King's keenness and his sincere calls for the enhancement of the bonds of Islamic brotherhood among Muslims, clarification of the Islamic religion's tolerance, moderation and the importance of co-existence in this life through dialogue which is the way to stop the bloodshed, renounce dissention, ignorance and fanaticism so that peace prevails in the world; and his confirmation that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do at all with Islam, which requires that all join together in its fight and defeat for the protection of the Islamic nation from sliding into the tracks of extremist thoughts and private affiliations at the expense of the Islamic brotherhood.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency after the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohiuddin Khoja said that the Council of Ministers was briefed on the outcome of talks between the Crown Prince and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird as well as a number of reports on the developments of events at the regional and international levels.
The Council commended the convening of the international conference for the reconstruction of Gaza, which was hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt and the efforts of all countries that participated in the conference.
The Cabinet expressed regret for security events in the Republic of Yemen and reiterated the call for the brothers in Yemen of all political and religious spectra to give priority to national interest over narrow factional interests; be careful not to prejudice the legitimacy; and not serve the interests of those who do not want the good for brotherly Yemen and its people.
The minister stated that then, the Council of Ministers reviewed a series of scientific, economic, cultural and social activities in the cities of the Kingdom. In this context, it welcomed the convening of the Fourth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation and delivery of the prize of Prince Salman for Disability Research, whose opening was patronized on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques by the Crown Prince, noting the conference's highlighting of the leading role of the Kingdom in the field of serving the cause of disability and persons with disabilities.
Dr. Khoja stated that, based on the Royal Directives, the Cabinet was briefed, during its session held on 20/10/2014 on a number of topics, including the ones studied by Majlis Al-Shura along with the Cabinet.
The Cabinet was also briefed on the decisions of both the Cabinet's Expert Bureau and General Committee and its Subcommittee relating to these topics, and the Cabinet decided the following:
The Cabinet approved the authorization of President of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) - or his deputy - to agree with the competent authorities of the Republic of the Philippines regarding the amendment of the Air Agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, ratified by Royal Decree No. (M / 45) dated on 23/ 04/1983, with the addition of articles concerning the appointment of carriers and airline safety standards of air, and any modification may be taken by GACA, and submit results to complete the necessary legal procedures.
The Cabinet approved the authorization of Director General of Customs - or his deputy - to discuss with the World Customs Organization (WCO) a draft memorandum of understanding between Saudi Customs and WCO to benefit from Riyadh-based training practical techniques center of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a regional center for training employees from countries of North Africa, the Near and Middle East, and sign it.
The Cabinet approved the appointment of the following as members of the private sector representatives at the Board of Directors of Social Charity Fund, for four years term:
1 - Engineer/ Rashid bin Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Rashid.
2 - Mutlaq bin Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Mutlaq.
3 - Salman bin Yusuf bin Ali Al-Dosari.
4 - Engineer/ Ali bin Othman bin Othman Al-Zaid.
5 - Adel bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulwahab Al-Mandil.
The Cabinet approved the adoption of the final account of the Saudi Ports Authority for the fiscal year (2012/2013).
The Cabinet approved the appointment of the following as members of the private sector representatives in the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization For Industrial Estates and Technology Zones, for three years term:
1 - Muayid bin Isa Al-Qurtas.
2 - Riad bin Youssef Al-Rabiah.
3 - Abdulkarim bin Ibrahim Al-Nafea.
4 - Iyad bin Abdulrahman Al-Bunyan.
5 - Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Sheihah.
6 - Saeed bin Mohammed bin Zagr.
The Cabinet approved the Food Regulation.
Among the most prominent features of the regulation are:
1- The regulation provides for the Saudi Food and Drug Authority to establish and operate a rapid alert system for reporting any direct or indirect food-sourced risk to human health, and give consumers awareness through the means it deems appropriate.
2- The regulation gives the authority the power to order pulling food posing threat to consumers' health or public health if it cannot be avoided by available measures or take appropriate action as required by the nature of the case.
The Cabinet approved the following appointments:
1- Khalid bin Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Khayal was appointed to the job of ambassador at the Foreign Ministry.
2- Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Alnoofl was appointed to the job of ambassador at the Foreign Ministry.
3- Fahd bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Rasheed was appointed to the job of ambassador at the Foreign Ministry.
4- Hamad bin Nasser bin Hamad Al Wahaibi was appointed to the job of Director General of Education in Makkah at the Ministry of Education.
5- Fawzia bint Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Sager was appointed to the job of education expert at the Ministry of Education.
6- Hassan bin Hassan bin Mohammed Al Omari was appointed to the job of Director General of Rights at the Ministry of the Interior.
7- Bandar bin Abdullah bin Obaid Alrasheed was appointed to the job of Director General of the Office of the governor of the region at the governorate of Riyadh region.
8- Zaid bin Hamad bin Faisal Faheed was appointed to the job of sector head at the Ministry of Finance.
9- Mohammed bin Abdul-Rahim bin Abdullah Halwani was appointed to the job of expert geologist at Saudi Geological Survey Authority.
The Cabinet was also briefed on two annual reports of the Ministries of Labor and Civil Service for the fiscal year (2012/2013), and issued its directives towards them.
The Cabinet's General Secretariat will submit the results of this session to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to issue his directives in this regard.