Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.
At the outset of the session, the Crown Prince briefed the Cabinet on the talks held with President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, commending deep bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and the keenness on supporting and enhancing them in all areas; and briefed the Cabinet on the results of his reception of International Coalition Coordinator for the War on ISIS Terrorist Organization, General John R. Allen.
The Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohiuddin Khoja, said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), following the session that the Cabinet was briefed on a number of reports on the latest developments in the region and the world, especially crises being witnessed by a number of Arab countries, stressing that the continuation of these events and their repercussions on the security and stability in the brotherly states accompanied by killing, destruction, terrorist acts, corruption in the land, and dispersal of the peoples of the Islamic nation are painful and causing sadness for every Muslim. The Cabinet prayed to Allah Almighty that the start of new Hijri year 1436 AH will be the end to all crises and seditions, and a year for the goodness, safety and security for Islamic and Arab nations and the whole world, reiterating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's calls on the international community to seek seriously and redouble efforts to end all conflicts and combat terrorism to achieve living in security and stability for all nations.
The minister said that the Council of Ministers reiterated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's condemnation of the terrorist acts witnessed by the North Sinai area in the sisterly Arab Republic of Egypt, expressing condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Egypt and to the families of the victims and wishes of a speedy recovery to the injured.
The Council of Ministers warned against the danger of Israeli plans aimed at the Judaization and division of Al-Aqsa Holy Mosque, considering them as a flagrant violation of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the principles of international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations. In this context, the cabinet referred to the statement issued by the Arab League and its contents of warnings against the danger of this scheme and to what it would lead in destabilization of security and stability in the region and threatening international peace and security.
The Council of Ministers also stressed the contents of the statement of the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) before the Security Council session on the item 'The Situation in the Middle East' which contained condemnation of the continued Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque and abuse of worshipers in it and confirmation of the Islamic, Arab and Palestinian identity of the occupied Al-Quds and the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security and to take all necessary measures to put an end to the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Dr. Khoja said that the cabinet took the following decisions:
The cabinet authorized Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs - or his deputy - to discuss with the Spanish side a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of roads between the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Spanish Society for Roads.
The cabinet authorized Minister of Higher Education - or his deputy - to discuss with the Romanian side a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of National Education in Romania.
The Council of Ministers approved the adopted amendments by the General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization to the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) of 1972 G.
The Council of Ministers licensed 17 sports clubs in a number of governorates and centers in the Kingdom including Madinah, Eastern Region, Riyadh, Asir, Tabuk, Jouf, Qassim, Hail, Jizan, Najran and Baha
The Council of Ministers approved a memorandum of cooperation in the field of safety and quality of animal products of animal origin, marine products, animal fodder and veterinary medicines between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco signed in Riyadh on 09/11//1434 AH.
Among the most prominent features of this document are the following:
1. The Parties shall work on the development of cooperation in the field of consumer protection from the dangers resulting from common diseases or microbial, physical or chemical contamination that may inflict animal products of animal origin and marine products and animal fodder.
2. The parties shall seek to work on mutual recognition of ways and results of tests used in the examination according to regulations and standards in force in the two countries and the recommendations of relevant international bodies.
The Cabinet approved appointments as follows:
1- Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Jammaz, as Ambassador at Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
2- Abdulbaqi bin Ahmed bin Omar Ajlan, as Ambassador at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3- Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Sudairi, as Minister Plenipotentiary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
4- Abdulrazzaq bin Zaini bin Abdulrazzaq Kashmiri, as Minister Plenipotentiary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
5- Mohammed bin Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Fuhaid, as Cases Adviser (rank 14th) at Ministry of Interior.
6- Saleh bin Hamad bin Ibrahim bin Muharib, as Secretary General of National Committee for Drug Control (rank 14th) at Ministry of Interior.
7- Engineer Saud bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Asqah, as Computer Consultant Engineer (rank 14th) at Ministry of Interior.
8- Abdullah bin Saleh bin Ali Al-Manie, Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs (rank 14th) at General Auditing Bureau.
9- Abdulrahman bin Ali bin Abdulrahman Al-Thamali, as Financial Advisor (rank 14th) at General Auditing Bureau.
The Cabinet was briefed on two annual reports of Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Civil Service, for the fiscal year (1433/1434 AH), 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 King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for issuing his directives in this regard.