Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques reviews recent developments during cabinet session

Saudi Arabia supports activation of pan-Arab cooperation through enhancing Arab League

Declaration of Intentions signed to exchange security experience between Saudi Arabia and China

Second Deputy Premier welcomes positive cooperation with all countries

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 consultations and communications that took place between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a number of brotherly and friendly countries which dealt with ways of enhancing bilateral relations and the regional and international developments.

The Custodian of the Two holy Mosques also briefed the Cabinet on the telephone call he received from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; State Councilor and Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu of China; and former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi of Iraq.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet reviewed the recommendations on the development of Arab joint action which were issued by the Extraordinary Arab Summit held in Sirte, Libya.

The Cabinet stressed that reforming the system requires first and foremost activating Arab cooperation through enhancing the Arab League in order to promote Arab action to become a joint and effective action at Arab and international levels. The Arab joint action neither needs radical changes to the Charter nor requires establishment of new institutions, but rather needs activating and strengthening the existing institutions in addition to seriously and practically committing to the decisions and reforms agreed on as well as ensuring the highest degree of credibility in implementing the decisions. These are based on sound foundations that meet the aspirations of Arab leaders and peoples and are consistent with the Charter of Arab League and Document of Pledge and Accord as well as the decisions of the Supreme Council.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the outcomes of the Second Afro-Arab Summit held in Sirte, Libya, and expressed hope that the outcomes will activate the Afro-Arab cooperation in a way that serves Arab and African peoples and helps both regions face all challenges.

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 measures pertaining to the prevention of vehicles with a capacity of less than 25 passengers from entering Makkah and the holy sites during Hajj season.

The Cabinet reappointed Abdulaziz Al-Abdullah Al-Munajem, Munther bin Trad Al-Harthy, Faisal bin Farouk Tamr and Fawaz bin Fahad Al-Gosaibi (representatives of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry) as members of the Board of Directors of the Food and Drug Authority, and reappointed Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Othman and Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Haidari (specialists at the Food and Drug Authority) as members of the Board of Directors of the Food and Drug Authority for a period of three years effective 17/10/1431H.

The Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister-or his deputy-to discuss and sign with the Mauritanian side a draft agreement on general cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance-or his deputy-to sign a draft agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income as well as the draft protocol between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The Cabinet approved restructuring the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance for a period of three years effective 16/10/1431H. under the chairmanship of the Minister of Health and the membership of:

1- Prince Dr. Bandar bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Miqren Al-Mashari Al Saud, representative of the Ministry of Interior.

2- Dr. Bandar bin Abdulmohsen Al-Qanawy, representative of government health sectors.

3- Dr. Mansour bin Nasser Al-Hawasi, representative of the Ministry of Health.

4- Dr. Mohammed bin Yahya Al-Shehri, representative of government health sectors.

5- Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Khalaf, representative of the Ministry of Finance.

6- Osman bin Saleh Al-Hugail, representative of the Ministry of Labor.

7- Ahmed bin Abdulrahman Al-Ali, representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

8- Eng. Louay bin Hisham Nazer, representative of the Council for Saudi Chambers of Industry.

9- Ali bin Suleiman Al-Ayed, representative of the cooperative insurance companies.

10- Dr. Sami bin Abdulkarim Al-Abdulkarim, representative of the private health sector.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Saad Al-Shuail appointed to the post of Director General of Educational Media (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Education.

2- Dr. Ali bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ajlan appointed to the post of Secretary General of the Council of Call and Guidance (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.

3- Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Sulaiman appointed to the post of Director General of Jeddah Islamic Port Customs (Rank 14) at the Customs Department.

Meanwhile, the State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China Jia Mong Ngo and his accompanying delegation left Riyadh after an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At King Khaled International Airport, they were seen off by senior officials of the Ministry of Interior.

Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior held talks with Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu.

In a welcoming speech, Prince Naif said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pleased to have positive security cooperation with any country in the world including the People's Republic of China.

He said, 'We always find our cooperation with China as positive and practical, and the signing of the security agreement between the two countries, which took place during the visit of the President of China to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that serves as the best proof of such cooperation.'

' We are confident that security cooperation would be in the interest of our two countries and in the interest of the other friendly, Muslim, Arab, and Arabian Gulf states,' Prince Naif added.

Prince Naif said 'We believe in the importance of direct security cooperation, and I do wish that there will be direct cooperation between the officials of the Ministry of Interior in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Public Security in China. Moreover, there will be direct contacts between security leaders in both countries through the usage of modern means of communications.'

'Our leadership represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince strongly support the security; therefore our security authorities in the Kingdom have achieved great successes. Our leaders notice that security is a reason for the growth of the Kingdom and its people,' he added.

On his part, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu thanked the Kingdom's Government and people for their warm welcome and generous hospitality, expressing his country's readiness for cooperation with the Kingdom in all areas.

He said, 'I agree on your views and suggestions to enhance security cooperation between the two countries, and I agree with you that terrorism is a threat to our countries, 'indicating that the main task of his visit is to implement the security agreements as well as the enhancement of practical cooperation between the two countries.

Prince Naif and Jianzhu, then, signed a document of intents between the Ministry of Interior in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Public Security of the Republic of China for cooperation in the field of security training , exchange of visits, and sending of trainees, trainers and experts to both countries.

The minutes record of the talks included the agreement of the two sides on strengthening cooperation for the interest of common security, particularly in the fight against terrorism, as well as promotion of the exchange of information, visits, and security expertise in the two countries in various fields relating to the works of the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Public Security of China.

The record also included an agreement to form a joint committee composed of high-level security officials from both sides to discuss and develop aspects of cooperation in a number of security areas and to activate the security cooperation agreement signed between the two countries.

Later the Prince hosted a dinner party in honor of the Chinese Official and the accompanying delegation.

The talks, the signing ceremony, and the dinner party were attended by Prince Ahmad Ibn Abdulaziz, Vice Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs and a number of officials of Ministry of Interior.

On the Chinese side, they were attended by Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yang Honglin, and the delegation accompanying the Chinese Official.

Meng had been received earlier at the King Khalid International Airport by Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs; and a number of officials.

The Chinese official had arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah where he was received by a number of senior officials.