Saudi Arabia calls for providing proper atmosphere to achieve peace in accordance with international resolutions, Arab peace initiative

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives officials of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

Prince Salman presides over board to develop Riyadh

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 meetings, contacts and consultations that took place during the past few days on the developments at regional and international arenas, including the meetings he held with Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani and former US Vice President Dick Cheney as well as the telephone call to President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of Sudan in addition to the messages he received from President Mohamed Ould Abdulaziz of Mauritania and Prime Minister of Japan Yukio Hatoyama.

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 Cabinet discussed the developments at regional and international arenas, reiterating the Kingdom's positions which call for the provision of appropriate climate to proceed with the peace process in accordance with international resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

The Cabinet expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum held in Chicago last weekend. The Forum aimed to stimulate and increase economic cooperation, expand the volume of trade exchange and partnership in business and encourage mutual investments in a way that achieves the interests of the two countries and boosts economic growth.

The Cabinet expressed appreciation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its decision to host the award ceremony of the 'Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation' to be held in 11/05/2010.

The Cabinet considered that such a decision reflects UNESCO's recognition of the efforts exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to promote dialogue and communication between peoples and civilizations.

The Minister of Culture and Information said the Cabinet reviewed the most important activities held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last week, praising in this regard the First Regional Seminar on Anti-Narcotics and Information Exchange. The Cabinet emphasized the necessity of cooperation in order to combat this scourge which devastates people and disrupts human development.

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

The Cabinet approved a number of procedures regarding the organization of periodic inspection of vehicles as well as the related conditions and technical standards.

The Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister (or his deputy) to discuss and sign with the Eritrean side a draft general agreement on cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Eritrea.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Higher Education (or his deputy) to discuss and sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of science and education between the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Education Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance (or his deputy) to sign a draft agreement and Protocol between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Malta on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of income tax evasion.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Health (or his deputy) to discuss and sign with the Canadian side a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in health fields between the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Health of Canada.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Health (or his deputy) to discuss and sign with the Swedish side a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in health fields between the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Sweden.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows: 1- Turki bin Naji bin Abdulqadir Al-Ali as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2- Abdulnasser bin Hussein bin Uwaidh Al-Harthy as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

3- Abdulrahman bin Sulaiman bin Othman Al-Ahmad as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4- Jamal bin Bakr bin Abdullah Balkheyour as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

5- Dr. Ali bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Bishri as Director General of Cultural Attaché Affairs (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Higher Education.

Meanwhile, in Riyadh Monday King Abdullah received at Al-Yamamah Palace the President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) Dr. Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani; KACARE Vice President for Atomic and Renewable Energy Dr. Walid bin Hussein Abu Al-Faraj; and KACARE Vice President for Renewable Energy Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Sulaiman who came to take the oath of office.

After the oath taking ceremony, they shook hands with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

The King congratulated them, wishing them all success.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education; and a number of ministers.

On the other hand, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, chaired a meeting of High Commission for Development of Arriyadh.

Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, the Vice-governor of Riyadh province attended the meeting.

It was also attended by delegates of The Council of Riyadh Province; Governors of Riyadh Province's Governorates and the Municipal Council as well as Presidents of the Province's Municipalities, Board of Directors of Riyadh's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a number of officials, businessmen and media men.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Salman thanked Allah Almighty for enabling the Saudi officials to implement projects of vital importance and underlined the importance of cooperation for extending the required services to the citizens in various governorates and villages.

He highlighted the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and his Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz to serve the country and its citizens.

Meanwhile, Eng. Abdullatif al Al-Sheikh, the President of the Center of projects and planning at the High Commission, said the number of the development projects in Riyadh province which are under implementation amounts to 2,699 and they will be implemented at a total cost of more than SR 247 billion.

He noted that these projects covered the domains of education, health, water, electricity, roads, public transport, housing, industrial cities, recreation, culture and environment in addition to projects of economic development.

More than 38 governmental and non-governmental authorities will participate in the implementation of these projects.

He said implementation of the infrastructure projects in Riyadh accounted for more than SR 59 billion; the educational projects about SR 56 billion and the economic development projects about SR 36 billion.

Giving details of the cost of other projects, he said roads and public transport projects involved an expenditure of SR 21 billion; the housing projects more than SR 20 billion, health services projects more than SR 9 billion; real estate development projects more than SR 6 billion; public service projects more than SR3.5 billion; the industrial projects about SR 2.7 billion, while the other projects accounted for SR 3.7 billion.

The meeting was attended by a number of princes and senior officials.