Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's Session
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet's session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday afternoon.
The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet was briefed on the outcomes of talks held by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense during his two visits paid to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Kingdom with President Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Prime Minister Engineer Sherif Ismail, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Prime Minister Theresa May, and officials of the two countries.
The Cabinet affirmed that the talks held by HRH Crown Prince and the accompanying delegation on the prospects of bilateral cooperation, issues at regional and international arenas and signing agreements and memorandums of understanding embodied deep relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the two countries and will contribute to developing and strengthening these relations and supporting the bonds of joint cooperation to achieve the aspirations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the leaders of the two countries in the common desire to deepen cooperation in all fields and enhance security and stability in the region and the world.
The Cabinet commended the joint statement issued at conclusion of the visit paid by HRH Crown Prince to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the talks dealt with the prospects of cooperation and coordination between the two sisterly countries in political, security, military, cultural, educational, commercial, investment and tourism fields emanating from deep ties between the two countries under the leaderships of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and their keenness to support and enhance the interests of the two countries, their brotherly peoples and Arab and Islamic nations in various fields.
The Cabinet praised the joint statement at conclusion of HRH Crown Prince's visit to the United Kingdom, the strategic partnership, support for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's vision 2030, the United Kingdom's affirmation of its strong support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's vision, its economic and social reform program, the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom to a long-term partnership to support the realization of vision 2030, as well as the statement's items on the fields of education, health, culture, entertainment, trade, investment, the private sector, security and defense, and international issues.
The Cabinet commended the launching by HRH Crown Prince and the United Kingdom's Prime Minister of Saudi-British Strategic Partnership Council, to serve as a key mechanism for a regular dialogue to enhance all aspects of the bilateral relationship, including economy, defense, security, humanitarian aid, and regional and international issues.
The Cabinet welcomed the recommendations of the 35th session of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Algeria, and its reiteration of the importance of unifying Arab efforts and mobilizing capabilities to confront security threats, eliminate their causes and address their effects, especially the challenges associated with intellectual security and combating extremism leading to terrorism through social media and websites.
The Cabinet reviewed the 149th session of the Council of the Arab League at the level of Arab Foreign Ministers concluded in Cairo, commending the decisions of the session on various issues and events at the Arab arena.
The Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom's condemnation of continuing fighting, random bombarding and human rights violations in Eastern Ghouta, in addition to the displacement of innocents and the deterioration of humanitarian situations, expressing the Kingdom's regret over the failure to implement the Security Council Resolution No. 2401, which called on all parties to cease fire without delay for 30 days, effective from the date of adoption of the resolution and deliver humanitarian aid to the needy, stressing that the solution to the Syrian crisis shall be political in accordance with the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and the Security Council resolution No. 2254.
Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said that the Cabinet has reviewed the topics on its agenda, some of which were co-reviewed by the Shura Council. The Council concluded the following:
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Justice or his deputy to discuss with the Norwegian side a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the judicial and legal fields between the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Norway, sign it and forward the final version to complete further authentication procedures.
The Cabinet approved a headquarters agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Permanent Independent Commission for Human Rights, an affiliate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was signed in the city of Riyadh on 5/5/1438 H.
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which was signed in the province of Jeddah on 14/8/1438 H.
Fourth: The Cabinet approved a labor cooperation agreement on recruitment and employment of general category workers between the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Department of Labor and Employment of the Republic of the Philippines, which was signed in Riyadh on 14/7/1438 H.
The Cabinet approved an arrangement on recruitment of domestic laborers between the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, which was signed in Jeddah province on 29/8/1438 H.
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the Jordanian News Agency (Petra), which was signed in Amman on 28/6/1438 H.
The Cabinet approved the charitable program of drinking water (Sigaya).
The Cabinet approved the national policy on the Atomic Energy Program of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which included the following:
1. limiting all atomic development activities to peaceful purposes, within the frameworks and rights defined by international legislations, treaties and conventions.
2. Full compliance with the principle of transparency in regulatory and operational aspects.
3. Achieving nuclear safety and nuclear safety standards at nuclear and radiological facilities, in accordance with an independent regulatory and supervisory framework.
4. Optimal utilization of national natural resources, including nuclear crudes and the application of best global standards and international practices for radioactive waste management.
5. Achieving sustainability through developing local content in the atomic energy sector.
The Cabinet approved the organization of the Nuclear and Radiative Control Authority, referring to the Shura Council two drafts: one on the Civil Liability System on Nuclear Harms and the other on Control System of Nuclear and Radiative Usage to study them in accordance with the regular procedures.
The Cabinet approved the amendment of its decision No. (56) dated 1/ 3 / 1431 H., to read as follows: approval of the monthly bursary paid to children of a deceased male or female teacher. However, If the husband of a deceased female teacher is also a teacher and died, the bursary shall be suspended from her side and paid from his side for all his children, whether he shares or not shares their paternity with her and if she has children from another husband, the bursary will continue being paid for them.
The Cabinet approved a regulation suggested by the Ministry of Education to appoint as regular female teachers those who were previously appointed as alternatives.
The Cabinet authorized the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to draft, in coordination with the Saudi Commission for Contractors and other related entities, a unified classification for operation and maintenance contractors in accordance with international standards and best practices to improve the efficiency and readiness of operation and maintenance contractors.
The Cabinet approved promotions of the following government officials in the 15th and 14th ranks:
1- Promotion of Shabab bin Nasser bin Olayan Al-Subaie to the position of Director General of Legal Department (15th Rank) at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
2- Promotion of Yahya bin Siddiq bin Mohammad Khulani to the position of administrative consultant (15th Rank) at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.
3- Promotion of Ahmed bin Falah bin Abdullah Al-Falah to the position of Director General of Eastern Region Branch of Control and Investigation Board (15th Rank).
4- Promotion of Msaad bin Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Mazyad to the position of planning consultant (14th Rank) at the Ministry of Defense.
5- Promotion of Khalid bin Mohammad bin Abdulmohsen Al-Medlej to the position of Director General of Financial Affairs (14th Rank) at the Presidency of the General Staff.
The Cabinet was briefed on a number of general issues on its agenda, including annual reports of each of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, and Saudi Food and Drug Authority for previous fiscal years. The Cabinet issued relevant instructions on the issues.