Crown Prince Sultan chairs cabinet session

Prince Sultan praises outcome of King Abdullah’s visit to Bahrain

Prince Sultan says Medical City in Bahrain to help develop medical services there

Saudi cabinet reiterates calls to have Middle East region free from weapons of mass destruction

Cabinet condemns Israel’s measures to expel Palestinians

Prince Sultan orders countrymen be hosted at his own expense in hotels in Britain since outbreak of Iceland volcano

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace.

At the outset of the session, the Crown Prince praised the outcome of the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as the talks the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

The Crown Prince said that the medical city, which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ordered to be built in the Arabian Gulf University, is a gift from the Saudi people to the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and will contribute to the development and advancement of medical services in the GCC countries.

The Crown Prince addressed the talks the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held with Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi, President of Iraq's Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani and President of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Sayed Ammar Abdulaziz Al-Hakim during their visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince reiterated the Kingdom's keenness on Iraq's stability and independence.

Further, The Crown Prince and the Cabinet reviewed the talks held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and by the Crown Prince with a number of officials of brotherly and friendly countries on bilateral relations and developments at Arab and international arenas.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Social Affairs and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Uthaymeen said the Cabinet discussed a number of reports on the developments at Arab and international arenas as well as the Kingdom's stance towards them.

The Cabinet condemned the actions of Israeli occupation authorities to expel thousands of Palestinians (the original natives of the land) from the occupied West Bank.

The Cabinet stressed that holding the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington (in which the Kingdom participated) is a step in the right direction to prevent smuggled nuclear materials from falling in the hands of terrorist organizations.

The Cabinet renewed the Kingdom's stance demanding the Middle East region and the Arab Gulf to remain free of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons.

The Acting Minister of Culture and Information also said that the Cabinet praised the issuance of the royal order establishing King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, looking forward to its increasing the rate of development, granting the Kingdom the know-how capabilities, in accordance with international agreements and treaties on the peaceful use of energy; and providing the necessary materials for medical, agricultural and health uses that meet national needs.

Dr. Al-Uthaymeen said that the Cabinet reviewed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Cabinet authorized the Second Deputy Premier, the Interior Minister (or his deputy) to discuss and sign with the Indonesian side a draft agreement on security cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Higher Education (or his deputy) to discuss and sign with the Finnish side a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Finland.

The Cabinet appointed the businessmen, Mohamed bin Omran Al-Omran and Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Ammar as members of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Railways Organization for a period of three years effective the date of this decision.

The Cabinet authorized the Governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (or his deputy) to sign three draft agreements on the encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Governments of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Greece and the Republic of Cyprus.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Suhami bin Showaimi bin Minahi bin Fowaiz as Undersecretary of Riyadh Region Governorate (Rank 15) at the Governorate of Riyadh Region.

2- Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Idris Hashim as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

3- Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Mohammad Al-Aqeel as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4- Saad bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Daoud as Security Advisor (Rank 14) at the Governorate of Riyadh Region.

5- Hisham bin Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani as (Minister Plenipotentiary) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

6- Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Shaya as (Minister Plenipotentiary) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan on Thursday ordered hotel rooms to be provided to Saudi travelers stranded in Britain by the ban on flights due to ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Prince Sultan, also minister of defense and aviation, said the Saudi embassy in London should arrange hotel lodging for Saudis resident in Britain and those in transit whose flights were cancelled in London and other airports due to the ban, with the cost absorbed by the government, according to the state news agency SPA.

There were no details on how many Saudis were affected by the unprecedented flight ban Thursday, which was extended to 1200 GMT Friday after ash from the Iceland eruptions created dangerous conditions for commercial air traffic.