Saudi cabinet discusses several reports on regional, international developments

King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan receive Danish Crown Prince, Malaysian Prime Minister

First Arab Forum on Technical and Vocational Training issues Riyadh Declaration

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the talks, contacts, meetings and consultations that took place during the past few days with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries and their envoys on regional and international developments. The King briefed the Cabinet on the talks he held with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in addition to the telephone calls he received from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Guinea-Bissau's President Malam Bacai.

The King also briefed the Cabinet on the talks he held with the Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in addition to his meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Jordanian Health Minister Naif Al-Fayez, US National Security Advisor General James Jones and Head of British Secret Intelligence Service Sir John Sawers.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques praised these meetings and consultations, stressing that what has been discussed reflects the depth of relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and brotherly and friendly countries as well as the keenness on achieving security and stability in the region and the world.

Dr. Khoja also said that the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on international events, expressing in this regard the condolences of Saudi government and people to Haiti's President and people on the victims of the earthquake.

On domestic affairs, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet addressed some of the activities and achievements in the field of sciences, economy and culture which the Kingdom witnessed during the last week. Also, the Cabinet expressed satisfaction over the report by the Global Rating Agency (Fitch) which confirmed the strength of the Kingdom's economy as well as the Kingdom's proper management of its foreign investments and reserves of foreign exchange. The Cabinet emphasized that this was achieved in accordance with the fiscal and monetary policy pursued by the wise government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in spite of the global financial crisis.

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

The Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister (or his deputy) to discuss with the Qatari side a draft agreement and its implementing annex on diplomatic and consular cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar; and sign them.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on political consultation and coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar which was signed in Riyadh on 16/12/2008.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Cambodia, authorizing the Foreign Minister (or his deputy) to sign a protocol on this issue.

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Turkey in the field of Youth and Sports which was signed in Riyadh on 03/02/2009.

The Cabinet approved a number of decisions as regards encouraging students to attend universities, private colleges and parallel education in addition to reviewing the measures for applying for scholarships in all disciplines.

The Cabinet appointed Suleiman bin Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Jurayysh as Undersecretary of the Governorate (rank 15) at Madinah Region Governorate. The Cabinet approved the transfer of Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Mulaifi from his position as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs (rank 14) to his new position as Administrative Advisor at the same rank at the Ministry of Interior.

King Abdullah received at his palace Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

During the meeting, the Crown Prince conveyed the greetings of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. In turn, the King sent his greetings to the Queen.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince of Denmark discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

The meeting was attended by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Executive Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; and a number of officials.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received Prince Frederik and his accompanying delegation.

During the reception, They exchanged cordial talks and discussed a number of issues of common concern.

The reception was attended by a number of senior civil and military officials.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah received at his palace Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak.

During the meeting, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques welcomed the Malaysian Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation.

For his part, the Malaysian Prime Minister praised the services provided by the Saudi government for the pilgrims that enable them to perform Hajj and Umrah comfortably and easily. He also praised King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) which will contribute to the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Malaysian Prime Minister discussed the developments at the Islamic and international arenas in addition to ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

Following that, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques decorated the Malaysian Prime Minister with King Abdulaziz Sash of the First Class which is granted to crown princes and prime ministers of brotherly and friendly countries.

The meting and sash decoration ceremony were attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Executive Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; and a number of officials.

Crown Prince Sultan also received Malaysian Prime Minister Abdul Razak and accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues of common concern.

The reception was attended by a number of Princes, Ministers and a group of civil and military officials.

Meanwhile, the Scientific Committee of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud International Award for the Prophet's Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies has chosen 12 final arbitrators for the 5th session's research.

This came after prominent names specialized in the Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies were presented to the Committee during its meeting, which was chaired by the Secretary-General of the Award Dr. Saaed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, who is also the advisor to Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.

In Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal received Malaysian Premier Abdul Razak.

The Minister of Foreign affair, held a luncheon for the visiting Malaysian Prime Minister and accompanying delegation. The event was attended by a number of princes, ministers and senior officials.

Meanwhile, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation for Military Affairs, received Air Marshal Steven Dalton, the Chief of staff of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they reviewed issues of mutual interest.

Prince Khalid also received the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Gen. George William Casey, who is currently visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, they reviewed issues of mutual interest.

On the other hand, the Security Spokesman of the Interior Ministry said security authorities have learnt of an explosion that occurred during a meeting of members of the deviant group abroad on Monday 24/09/1430 H.

The explosion killed a number of the attendees and injured others, including Saudis wanted by the security authorities.

After contacting the relevant authorities, Security Authorities obtained DNA samples for those who were killed in the explosion which confirmed the death of the following:

1- Mohammed Abdulrahman Sulaiman Al-Rashed, 28 years old, a Saudi national. In 1425 H., he managed to travel to troubled areas using false documents. He joined the organization of the deviant group and participated in targeting the homeland with criminal plans. His name was included in the wanted list which was announced on 07/02/1430 H.

2- Fahd Saleh Suleiman Al-Jutaili, 28 years old, a Saudi national. He was a former Guantanamo detainee who was extradited in 1427 H. He was admitted into the care program and provided with all the assistance to help him return to his family and society. Nevertheless, he escaped, steeling abroad to join the deviant organization which targets the homeland with criminal plans. His name was included in the wanted list which was announced on 07/02/1430 H.

3- Sultan Sumaileel Al-Dalbahi Al-Otaibi, 26 years old, a Saudi national. On 16/09/1427 H., he managed to leave the Kingdom using the passport of his brother and joined the deviant organization abroad. His name was included in the wanted list which was announced on 07/02/1430 H.

The concerned authorities have informed the families of those wanted persons in order to complete the legal procedures followed in such cases.

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Arab Forum on Technical and Vocational Training and Labor Market Needs issued the Riyadh Declaration at the end of its meetings in the Saudi capital.

The forum is organized by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Arab Labor Organization.

The Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, Acting Minister of Labor, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khuwaiter had opened the forum by delivering a speech in which he stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been taking care of the technical and vocational training as it is an important source of development.

He wished the forum all success in achieving its objectives and desired outcomes.