Vice Custodian Prince Sultan chairs cabinet session

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The Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace.

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 Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on the developments in a number of brotherly Arab and Islamic countries as well as the acts of violence against civilians in some of these countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Uganda. In this regard, the Cabinet condemned all terrorist acts and bombings that killed and wounded hundreds of innocent victims and undermined security and stability in these countries.

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's steady position that rejects terrorism whatever its source and location. It also stressed the Kingdom's aspiration to achieve security and stability in these brotherly countries.

The Cabinet called upon the brothers in Iraq to uphold the unity of their homeland and brotherhood, and to expedite working on the formation of the Iraqi government to give brotherly Iraq more security and stability.

Dr. Khoja also said the Cabinet listened to a report on the outcomes of the meeting of the Supreme Hajj Committee read by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Supreme Hajj Committee. Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz praised the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on achieving higher levels of security and safety for the pilgrims, Umrah performers and holy site visitors, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz stressed the continuing integration among the sectors concerned with Hajj affairs in terms of implementing security plans, services and regulatory and preventive measures in order to enable pilgrims to perform the rituals with ease and contentment.

The Minister of Culture and Information also said the Cabinet expressed its satisfaction with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Financial Action Task Force to the Middle East and North Africa (MENAFATF) on their approval of a report on the Kingdom's highest commitment to the 40 recommendations on anti-money laundering as well as to the nine recommendations on combating terrorism financing, in addition to ranking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia first among Arab countries and among the top ten in the G-20 States.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation for the international community for recognizing the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to combat money laundering and terrorism financing as they pose risks to the financial and non-financial systems at local, regional and international levels.

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

The Cabinet approved the agreement on the transfer of persons sentenced to the deprivation of freedom signed between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Republic of Egypt in Sharm el-Sheikh on 14/10/2009.

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement in the field of combating the illicit trafficking in and the smuggling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances signed between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Sharm el-Sheikh on 14/10/2009.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Education-or his deputy-to discuss with the UNESCO the conclusion of an agreement to create a program called 'Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Program for the Culture of Dialogue and Peace', sign it and then submit it for the completion of statutory procedures.

The Cabinet approved the final account of the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities for the fiscal year (1428/1429 H).

Having reviewed a report by the General President of Youth Welfare, the Cabinet decided to allow the clubs to establish sports academies on land allocated to them according to a number of controls; these include:

First: They should be established by the clubs themselves and self-financed, taking into account a number of measures including:

1 - Such academies shall not grant academic degrees.

2 - The General Presidency for Youth Welfare shall set regulations defining the objectives of these academies, the conditions for their establishment and the methodology of their work in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. Each body shall define relevant controls to them.

3 - The returns of the operation of the academy shall go to the club in which it was established.

Second: They shall be established by the clubs through the private sector under contracts concluded for this purpose.

Upon review of the submission the Minister of Trade and Industry, and after consideration of the Shoura Council's resolution No. (15 / 7) dated 29/3/1431 H., the Cabinet decided to approve the accession of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the International Sugar Agreement for the year (1992 G.), according to the text attached to the decision.

A royal decree to this effect was prepared.

It should be noted that the agreement referred to aims to facilitate trade of sugar through the collection and provision of information on the global market for it and other sweeteners.

The cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1 - Yousef Bin Saad Bin Ibrahim Al-Shathry is appointed to the position of management consultant (rank 15) at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and General Inspection.

2 - Mohammed bin Dakhil bin Abed Rabbo Al-Mutairi is appointed to the position of committee works' manager (rank 15) at the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

3 - Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Babtain is appointed to the position of Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for School Affairs (rank 14) at the Ministry of Education.

4 - Ibrahim bin Muhanna Al-Hussaini is appointed to the position of general manager of public expenditure (rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.

5 Bashir bin Ahmed bin Saeed Alfotawi is appointed to the position of consultant geologist engineer (rank 14) at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, chaired at his office a meeting of the Supreme Hajj Committee.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz welcomed the Committee's members and conveyed the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to them.

Prince Naif said that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz are keen on achieving more success in this year's Hajj season. Prince Naif urged the committee to double the efforts to achieve high levels of security, safety and comfort for all pilgrims and Umrah performers.

During the meeting, a number of issues on the agenda were discussed and a number of decisions were taken.

The members of the Supreme Hajj Committee are the Governor of Makkah Province, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, the Governor of Madinah Province, the General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Hajj, the Minister of Economy and Planning, the Minister of Culture and Information, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation.