Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's SessionSep 26, 2018, 9:20:48 AM GMT+3 Government Agencies News General News
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.
The King started the session by thanking and praising Allah Almighty for His countless blessings for the Kingdom and its citizens since its founding by late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud and said, We thank Allah Almighty for the continuous development and growth being witnessed by our country and remember on the occasion of the National Day with pride and dignity, the great accomplishments achieved by the late father founder King Abdulaziz to unify this country and lay its foundations on the Holy Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah in various aspects of life, and what has been achieved by his sons, the Kings, after him to continue the development and growth up to date where the Kingdom boasts of its national unity and prestigious international status crowned by serving causes of Arab and Islamic nations; construction of the Two Holy Mosques , serving their visitors, ensuring their comfort; supporting the right and helping all those in need with money and humanitarian aid and actively contributing to the consolidation of the bonds of security and stability around the world, appealing to Allah Almighty to protect the Kingdom and its citizens from all evils and to perpetuate its security, stability and prosperity. I express my thanks and appreciation to the leaders and officials of countries and the Kingdom's citizens for their congratulations and celebrations marking the Kingdom's 88th National Day.
Then, the King briefed the Cabinet on the results of his talks with the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Amran Khan and ways to strengthen and intensify strategic relations between the two countries in all fields.
The Minister of Media, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said in his statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the Cabinet congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense on the occasion of the Kingdom's 88th National Day and what the nation is witnessing of security, prosperity, national cohesion and economic prosperity as well as the Kingdom's pioneering roles at Arab, Islamic and international levels, appealing to Allah Almighty to perpetuate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's security, safety, progress and prosperity.
The Cabinet assured that the royal order approving the Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program with financial appropriations amounting to SR 7 billion and 350 million over seven years, in addition to SR 1 billion and 500 million as capital cost of the project, and SR 250 million annually to develop the dates and palms sector, is an extension of the King's care for farmers in the Kingdom and his generous support for the activities and programs of this field, in accordance with the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.
The Minister said the Cabinet praised the royal order awarding 189 Defense Ministry's officers, personnel and non-commissioned officers medals for their duties and achievements in the service of the armed forces as well as their roles in the Determination Storm and Renewal of Hope operations, assuring that this embodies the King's care and support for all military forces personnel and appreciation of their efforts in serving the Kingdom.
The Cabinet expressed its thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for ordering the release of all prisoners who are insolvent and not involved in criminal cases and are proved to be insolvent in the province of Taif and the payment of the amounts they have been owed to, based on HRH Crown Prince's suggestion upon his visit to Taif.
The Cabinet commended HRH Crown Prince's donation of SR 10 million to Taif Camels' Racecourse, and his patronage of the closing ceremony of the Crown Prince Camel Festival, which was organized by the General Sport Authority represented by the Saudi Camels Federation, which embodies the HRH Crown Prince's generous support and care for this original Arabian Sport.
Dr. Al-Awwad said that the Cabinet was briefed on topics on its agenda, some of which were co-reviewed by the Shura Council and decided the following:
The Cabinet approved the Agreement on Liberalization of Trade in Services among Arab States, agreed upon by the decision of Economic and Social Council of the Arab League and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's specific commitments in services schedule.
A royal decree has been prepared in this regard.
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Commerce and Investment, or his deputy, to discuss with the Russian side a draft agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Russian Federation concerning the establishment of a Commercial Attaché Office, sign it and forward the final version for further authentication.
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs, or his deputy, to discuss with Iraqi and Benin sides two draft memorandums of understanding on political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq and the Republic of Benin, sign them and forward the final versions for further authentication.
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to discuss and sign the draft cooperation arrangements between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the European Union's External Action (EEAS).
The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to discuss with the United Nations a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Nations in the fields of documents and archives, sign it, and then forward the final version to complete the formal procedures.
The Cabinet approved the transference of the tasks and responsibilities related to the Arab tiger from Prince Saud Al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center in Taif to the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Province and draw the cultural and heritage sites in Khyber Province under the liability of Royal Commission for Al-Ula Province.
The cabinet approved Council of Economic and Development Affairs' recommendations to offer investors the following projects:
1- Rabigh, 3rd phase, with designed capacity of 600,000 cubic meter, per day.
2- Al-Shaqiq, 3rd phase, with designed capacity of 380,000 cubic meter, per day, raising the capacity, according to the demand for water to 450,000 cubic meter, per day.
3- Al-Jubail, 3rd phase, with a designed capacity of 170,000 cubic meter, per day, and 3000 megawatt.
4- Yanbu, 4th phase, with designed capacity of 450,000 cubic meter, per day.
5- Sanitary treatment unit, Northern Taif, with a designed capacity of 270,000 cubic meter, per day.
6- Sanitary treatment unit, Jeddah (Airport 2), with a designed capacity of 500,000 cubic meter, per day.
The Cabinet approved adding a representative of the Saudi Postal Corporation to the National Committee on Geographical Names.
The Cabinet approved the final account of the General Organization of Railways for a previous fiscal year.
The Cabinet appointed Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan, Nabil bin Abdullah Al-Jamea and Dr. Ghazi bin Abdulrahim Al-Rawi as members of the Board of Directors of the Ports Authority as non-investors representing the private sector for a period of three years.
The Cabinet amended Article (4) of the Royal Decree No. (M / 2) dated 22/1/1435, concerning the approval of criminal proceedings related to filing a criminal lawsuit against a minister or a person filling the portfolio of minister or who has previously served as minister or acting Minister, by deleting the phrase " shall not be heard after sixty (60) days from the date of filing the claim".
The Cabinet approved promotions to the 15th and 14th ranks as follows:
1- Ali bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Doaliej to the post of legal advisor, 15th rank, at the Supreme Court.
2- Abdulaziz bin Zaid bin Hamad Al-Zaid to the post of security affairs consultant, 14th rank, at the Ministry of Interior.
3- Musfir bin Ahmed bin Musfir Al-Wadei to the post of Head of Khamis Mushait Municipality, 14th rank, at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
4- Nasser bin Ali bin Sulaiman Al-Hawwas to the post of legal advisor, 14th rank, at the Ministry of Finance.
5- Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Humaid Al-Khuwaiter to the post of director general of the Central Administration for Organization and Management, 14th rank, at the Ministry of Finance.
6- Ali bin Nasser bin Ali Al-Sunaidi to the post of financial advisor, 14th rank, at the Ministry of Finance.
7- Hassan bin Mohammed bin Abdu Al-Harbi to the post of financial advisor, 14th rank at the Ministry of Finance.
The cabinet was also briefed on a number of fiscal reports for previous years related to several ministries and organizations, including the ministry of interior; ministry of Hajj and Umrah; economic cities authority; General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, and issued its directives towards them.