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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's Session

Sep 5, 2018, 9:55:26 AM GMT+3 Government Agencies News General News

Jeddah, SPA:
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 praised Allah Almighty for enabling pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals easily, comfortably, and safely in an atmosphere full of serenity and faith, praying to Allah Almighty to accept their Hajj, thanking Him for services being provided by the Kingdom for pilgrims, thanking and appreciating princes, ministers, the Chairman and members of Supreme Hajj Committee, Governors of Regions and all officials and personnel of civil, military and national sectors who participated in the service of pilgrims for their successful efforts in the service of pilgrims which have contributed to the success of the Hajj season, free of diseases and epidemics, and the provision of all services, facilities and care that have enabled pilgrims to perform the fifth pillar of Islam comfortably and easily.

The King briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

The Minister of Media Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on events and latest developments at the international arena, appreciating the Kingdom's contribution of $ 100 million to the Global Coalition Against Daesh in areas liberated from the terrorist organization, north-east of Syria, stressing that this contribution aims to support the coalition efforts to revitalize local societies, focus on projects to restore livelihoods and basic services, save lives, facilitate the return of displaced Syrians and ensure that Daesh and other terrorist organizations shall not return to threaten Syria or its neighbors.

The Cabinet was briefed on the statement issued by the Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen and its clarification on the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued on 28 August 2018 on the situation of human rights in Yemen, and the Cabinet commended the statement's refutation and disagreement of most of the conclusions, allegations, fallacies and impartiality.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attacks that took place in a number of sisterly and friendly countries during the past few days, confirming the Kingdom's solidarity and support for the measures taken by them to combat acts of violence, terrorism and extremism targeting security and stability around the world and offered its condolences and sympathies to their governments and peoples as well as to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The Minister said that the Cabinet hailed the quarterly report on the performance of the State budget for the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 1439/1440 H (2018) issued by the Ministry of Finance, which reflected an improvement in the performance of public finance and a continuation of efforts being exerted to implement reform and economic plans aimed at economic diversification and achieving financial sustainability, included indicators and data reflecting the government's commitment to transparency and financial disclosure, strengthening fiscal governance and public finance's control and moving forward towards the achievement of the fiscal balance program's goals.

The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's appreciation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for its welcoming of the Kingdom's efforts in promoting medium-term public finance framework initiatives, developing financial and economic risk management, increasing public finance transparency, developing public and aggregate finance analysis and encouraging it for further development of such initiatives.

To mark the occasion of the start of the new academic year, the Cabinet wished all students in various educational stages in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia every success, praying to Allah the Almighty to help all sons and daughters of homeland in their educational and scientific aspirations.

Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said that the Cabinet has reviewed the topics listed on its agenda, including some co- studied by the Shura Council. The Cabinet decided the following:

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for scientific and educational cooperation between the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Education of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, or his deputy, to discuss with the Iraqi side a draft of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq on cooperation in the oil and gas sector, sign it and forward the final version for completing formal procedures.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Education, or his deputy, to discuss with the Iraqi side a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation between the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Iraq, sign it and forward the final version to complete the formal procedures.

The Cabinet authorized the Attorney General, or his deputy, to discuss with Algerian side a draft memorandum of understanding between the Public Prosecution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Justice (General Directorate for Judicial and Legal Affairs) of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, sign it, and submit the final version to complete formal procedures.

The Cabinet ordered complying with the regulations and instructions stated in the Regulation of Temporary and Seasonal Business visas issued by the Council of Ministers resolution No. (497) dated 16/11/1436 H. and unifying the work mechanisms and procedures for applying for seasonal visas .

The Cabinet approved changing the "State Property Department" to a general commission to be named the "State's Real Estate Authority".

The Cabinet approved the adjustment of the regulations concerned with private schools benefiting from educational facilities lands, stated in the Council of Minister's Resolution No. (65) dated 2/2 / 1436H.

The Cabinet approved appointing Usama bin Abdulaziz Al-Zamil, Mohammed bin Ahmed Muakli, Khalid bin Hamad Al-Shammari, Khalid bin Sulaiman Al-Ohali, Ziad bin Thamer Al-Morshed and Mohammed bin Oweid Al-Joaid as representatives of the private sector, at the Board of Directors of the Saudi Industrial Cities and Technology Zones Authority, for a three-year term.

The Cabinet approved appointing Abdullah bin Nasser Al Daoowd (representing shareholding companies listed in the Saudi Stock Exchange), and Hashem bin Othman Al-Hoqail (representing the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency), at the Board of Directors of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).

The Cabinet approved the guiding regulatory standards for upgrading a municipality to a secretariat.

The Cabinet approved promotions to the 15th and 14th ranks as well as the posts of Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary, as follows:
1 - Fahd bin Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Dwayan to the post of Administrative Advisor, 15th rank, at the Ministry of Interior.
2 - Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Madi to the post of Ambassador, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3 - Ali bin Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al-Sudais to the post of Director General of Financial Control and Projects Follow-up, 14th rank, at the Control and Investigation Board.
4. To promote the following to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Haitham bin Hassan bin Mohammed Al-Malki.
Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ghanim Al-Harbi.
Saad bin Hamad bin Suleiman Al-Jabreen.
Ali bin Abdul Mohsen bin Ali Al-Melihan.
Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Abdul Wahab Qutb.
Musaed bin Suleiman bin Musleh Al-Marwani.

The Cabinet was, also, briefed on a number of general issues on its agenda, including annual reports of each of the General Commission for Survey, General Authority for Civil Aviation and the Saudi Wildlife Authority. The Cabinet took the necessary instructions towards them.

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