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.
At the outset of the session, the King briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of the telephone call received from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Republic of Turkey, the two telephone calls made to President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and President Abdulfattah Al-Sissi of the Republic of Egypt, and the message received from President Ilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The King also briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his meetings with Minister of Energy of Russian Federation Alexander Novak, Minister of Security of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektic, Swiss Head of the Federal Department of Finance and Vice President of Federal Council Ueli Maurer, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Kingdom of the Netherlands Sigrid A. M. Kaag, Chairman of United States House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, and United States Congressman Paul Cook.
The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on events and latest developments at regional and international arenas, renewing in this context the Kingdom's keenness on the stability of sisterly Iraq and its permanent stand with all its strata and races emanating from the teachings of the tolerant Islam, historical relations, cognation ties, and neighborliness, and the Kingdom's allocation of one billion dollars to reconstruction projects in Iraq, in addition to 500 million dollars to finance Saudi exports to Iraq during Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq.
The Cabinet commended the statement of foreign ministers of the Global Coalition Against Daesh issued at the conclusion of their meeting in Kuwait, its emphasis on moving forward in defeating and eradicating that terrorist organization, the continuation of the efforts by the Coalition in its war, adjusting development to the nature of a threat, and continuing regular coordination on the best way to address threats.
The Cabinet renewed the Kingdom's condemnation of the suicide attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the shooting incident in front of a church in the city of Kizlyar in Dagestan, and offered condolences to the families of the victims, the Governments and the peoples of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Russian Federation.
Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said that the Cabinet was briefed on topics on its agenda and decided the following:
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand signed in Riyadh on 8/6/1438 AH.
A royal decree has been prepared in this regard.
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs - or his deputy - to discuss with the Costa Rican side a draft memorandum of understanding for political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica, sign it, and submit the final signed version to complete formal procedures.
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Culture and Information, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Press Agency or his deputy, to discuss with Algerian, Portuguese and Albanian sides the drafts of memorandums of understanding for cooperation and exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency and Algerian, Portuguese and Albanian news agencies, sign them, and submit the final signed copies to complete formal procedures.
After reviewing the report of Minister of Economy and Planning, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea on Saudi-Korean Vision 2030 signed in Seoul on 7/2/1439 H.
The Cabinet approved an agreement between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Australia in the field of Air Transport Services, signed in Riyadh on 1/8/1438 H.
After reviewing the report of Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the recommendation of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, the Cabinet defined population groups for determining appropriate distances for poultry projects distances from villages and population groups and distances separating them from areas with natural barriers such as mountains, or in places where villages and population groups converge.
The Cabinet decided, upon a recommendation of the Economic Affairs and Development Council, to establish a new department at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to be in charge of the affairs of Private Sector-enrolled Saudi nationals, replacing the already abrogated one in charge of job-creation and unemployment combat.
The Cabinet approved the following transfers and promotions at the 15th and 14th ranks:
1 - Fahd bin Nasser bin Ibrahim Al-Zaid was transferred from the 14th-rank position of assistant secretary general at the Supreme Judiciary Council to the position of administrative consultant at the public prosecution commission, 15th rank.
2- Dr. Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed bin Khareef was promoted to the post of Secretary General of the National Committee for Narcotics Control at the 14th rank, Ministry of Interior.
3- Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al- Arifi was promoted to the position of Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs at the 14th rank, Riyadh Governorate.
4 - Nasser bin Suleiman bin Ali Al-Ali was promoted to the post of Deputy Director General at the General Directorate for Water, Eastern Region, 14th rank.
The Cabinet was briefed on a number of general issues on its agenda, including an annual report of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da'wah and Guidance covering a previous fiscal year. The Cabinet issued relevant instructions on them.