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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 briefed the Cabinet on the talks held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince praised the relations between the two brotherly countries and their keenness to enhance such relations in order to serve the common interests of the two countries.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Crown Prince briefed the Cabinet on the contacts and consultations which took place last week with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries and their envoys on the most important developments at regional and international arenas, including the telephone calls received by the King from President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of Sudan and President Idriss Deby of Chad.

During their telephone calls, the presidents expressed thanks for and appreciation of the King's efforts which resulted in the convergence between the two countries in the light of talks they held in Riyadh and completed in Makkah.

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince thanked Allah Almighty for what has been achieved to enhance the bonds of friendship and good relations between Sudan and Chad. The Crown Prince prayed to Allah Almighty to grant the two countries security and stability and their people further progress and prosperity.

In addition to the meetings and consultations the Crown Prince held, he also briefed the Cabinet on the telephone call the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet listened to a report on the developments at regional and international arenas. On domestic affairs, the Cabinet discussed a number of economic, cultural and scientific activities. The Cabinet commended the 10th Jeddah Economic Forum organized by the Gulf Research Center under the theme of 'Global Economy 2020'.

The Cabinet then reviewed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Cabinet approved a number of procedures pertaining to the services of electricity and cogeneration in Jubail and Yanbu industrial cities.

The Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Heritage Center for Tradition and Culture of Turkmenistan which was signed in Riyadh on 04/02/2009.

The Cabinet approved that the monthly financial subsidy, paid for the children of deceased teachers, shall apply to those of deceased female teachers, provided that this shall be limited to the female teacher whose husband is not a teacher.

The Cabinet approved an agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital as well as the attached Protocol which were signed in Riyadh on 18/11/2008.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Abdulwahhab as System Expert A (Rank 15) at the Cabinet's Bureau of Experts.

2- Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Eidan as Financial Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and General Inspectorate.

3- Dr. Badria bint Saleh bin Salem Al-Aradi as Director General of Female Employment (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan has donated SR 1,650,000 to Continental Quran Competition organized by Holy Quran Memorization International Organization for Africa.

Secretary General of Muslim World League and Chairman of Holy Quran Memorization International Organization , Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Crown Prince for supporting the organization and its activities and undertaking the costs of this competition for Africa level.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry Spokesman said that security forces have captured Ahmad Qatim Mohammad Al-Hazali, the No. 10 fugitive citizen on the list of the wanted for security reasons. Security forces are taking all measures to follow these wanted fugitives to bring them to justice, he added.

The chance for surrender to authorities concerned, however, is still in place for those who want to behave themselves, and that will be taken into consideration plus taking advantage of state-sponsored welfare programs, he concluded.