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-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday afternoon.
At the outset of the session, the King expressed sincere congratulations to the people of the Kingdom and all peoples of Islamic and Arab nations on the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, praying to Allah Almighty to accept good deeds of fasting people, Umrah performers and visitors and to return this holy month with good and blessings.
The King was reassured about the readiness of preparations and the levels of services provided by the state through various governmental and private sectors relating to services to Umrah performers and visitors in this blessed month, saying, "We praise Allah Almighty for many blessings bestowed upon the Kingdom, topped by the blessing of security and stability, the service of Islam and Muslims, the honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques, and providing comfort and tranquility for their visitors.
The King briefed the Cabinet on the message received from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, and the phone call made to Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammed.
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 a number of issues on local affairs and latest developments at the international arena, commending the announcement of Public Investment Fund on holding Investment Future Initiative for the year 2018 on October 23 - 25 in Riyadh under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Defense, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Public Investment Fund following the success accomplished by the initiative last year with the participation of more than 3800 figures from 90 countries .
The Cabinet valued the Council of Economic Affairs and Development's adoption of "The Financial Sector Development Program 2020", one of the programs to achieve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, which seeks to develop the financial sector, increase its efficiency and promote savings, financing and investment.
The Cabinet welcomed the decision taken by the Arab Ministers of Information at its 49th ordinary session held in Cairo to select Riyadh as the Arab Information Capital 2018/2019.
The Minister further said that the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's rejection of the US Administration's transfer of its Embassy to Jerusalem (AlQuds), reiterating that this step represents a significant bias against the historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem (AlQuds), which were guaranteed by relevant international resolutions and enjoyed support and recognition of the international community and a major decline in efforts to push the peace process, indicating that the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified step as a provocation to the feelings of Muslims around the world.
The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's strong condemnation of targeting unarmed Palestinian civilians by Israeli occupation forces, stressing the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to stop the violence and protect the Palestinian people, reaffirming the Kingdom's firm positions towards the Palestinian cause and its support for Palestinian people in restoring their rights in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.
The Cabinet renewed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's support and welcoming of the steps announced by United States President Donald Trump on the United States of America's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and the re-imposition of economic sanctions on Iran, which exploited economic revenues due to lifting sanctions off it to continue its activities destabilizing the region, especially through the development of its ballistic missiles and support for terrorist groups.
The Cabinet also stressed the Kingdom's hope that the international community would adopt a firm and unified stance towards Iran and its hostile actions that would destabilize the region and its support for terrorist groups, especially Hezbollah and Al-Houthi militia as well as its support for Al-Assad's regime who has committed the most heinous crimes against his own people, resulted in the deaths of more than half a million civilians, including the use of chemical weapons.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's strong condemnation of terrorist acts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Indonesia, and France, and expressed its condolences to the families of victims, governments, and peoples of those friendly and sisterly countries, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet also assured the Kingdom's firm stand against all acts of terrorism and extremism, and its stand by sisterly and friendly countries in the fight against terrorism threatening security and stability worldwide.
Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said that the Cabinet was briefed on the topics on its agenda, including some which were co-studied by the Shura Council and decided the following:
The Cabinet authorized the Minister Environment, Water, and Agriculture and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection - or his deputy - to discuss with the Tunisian side a draft Memorandum of Understanding for technical and scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and Climate between the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Institute of Meteorology in the Republic of Tunisia, sign it, and submit the final version to complete formal procedures.
The Cabinet authorized the President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage - or his deputy - to discuss with the Indonesian side a draft Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Tourism between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Tourism in the Republic of Indonesia, sign it, and submit the final version to complete formal procedures.
The Cabinet approved rules of assuming the missions of Undersecretaries and Assistant Undersecretaries.
The Cabinet approved appointments and promotions as follows :
1 - Appointing Marzouk bin Mabrik bin Brik Al-Harbi as Security Adviser (15th rank) at the Ministry of Interior.
2 - Promoting Prince Meshaal bin Mishary bin Saud bin Farhan Al Saud to the post of adviser for regions affairs (14th rank) at the Ministry of Interior.
3 - Promoting Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Abdulkarim Al-Aliwi to the post of Chief Justice Clerk (14th rank) at the Ministry of Justice.
The Cabinet was briefed on a number general issues on its agenda, including annual reports of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Control and Investigation Board, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Ports Authority and Agricultural Development Fund for previous financial years and issued its directives regarding them.