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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.

At the outset of the session, the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the talks and contacts the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz held during the past few days, including the meeting the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani as well as the telephone call the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received from Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in addition to the message the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received from Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.

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 reviewed the latest regional and international developments.

Dr. Khoja also said that the Cabinet discussed a number of domestic issues. The Cabinet hailed the effort exerted by the General Authority of Civil Aviation under the chairmanship of the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to develop several projects of the Authority, particularly the project of developing and expanding King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

The Cabinet valued the opening of the Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces at Louvre Museum, France. The Cabinet described the opening of this exhibition as reflecting the cultural dimension of cooperation between the two countries and highlighting the image of human civilization which existed for a long historical period in the Arabian Peninsula as well as the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the subsequent comprehensive development of all aspects of life.

The Cabinet commended the success achieved by the Saudi Pavilion at the 17th Tokyo International Book Fair in which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated as a Guest of Honor.

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

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation between the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Office of Attorney-General of the Republic of Korea signed in Riyadh on 21/03/2009.

The Cabinet authorized the Chairman of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (or his deputy) to sign a draft memorandum of cooperation between King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Isa Cultural Centre of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Cabinet approved a general cooperation agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federative Republic of Brazil signed in Riyadh on 16/05/2009.

The Cabinet approved the final documents of the World Radio Communication Conference (Geneva, 2007) issued by the International Telecommunication Union.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Commerce and Industry, the Chairman of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (or his deputy) to discuss and sign with the UAE side a technical cooperation program in the field of standardization between the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Fahad bin Mohammed bin Bani Al Bani is appointed to the position of Undersecretary of the General President for Youth Affairs (Rank 15) at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

2- Hamad bin Youssef bin Hamad Al-Jawan is appointed to the position of Civil Service Adviser (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

3- Saleh bin Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Brahim is appointed to the position of Director General of the Office of the Vice President General (Rank 14) at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

4- Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al-Abdullatif is transferred from the position of Director General of Follow-up (Rank 14) to the position of Assistant Undersecretary for Awqaf(Rank 14) at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.

5- Sahmi bin Majed bin Sahmi Al-Hajri is appointed to the position of (Director General of the Ministry's Branch in Makkah (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

Meanwhile, under the patronage of Prince Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, who is also Chairman of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), the Foundation will organize at its headquarters during the month of Shawwal the first exhibition on manuscripts entitled 'Manuscript Heritage of Saudi Arabia''.

A number of ministries, government institutions and private libraries from Saudi Arabia and abroad will take part in the 45-day long Exhibition which will include more than 3,000 manuscripts in religious, linguistic and literary fields as well as astronomy, history, and geography.

On the other hand, Baroness Symons, former British secretary of state for Middle East affairs, has commended Saudi Arabias investment atmosphere. She said the Kingdom has achieved high economic growth rate despite global financial crisis.

Saudi Arabia holds the No. 1 position among the Middle Eastern countries, in terms of attracting foreign investment, she told a conference to promote British trade and investment in Saudi Arabia, which is organized by the Middle East Association, with support from UK Trade and Investment and the British Offset Office.

Symons, who is the chairperson of the Saudi-British Trade Council, estimated the number of British citizens visiting Saudi Arabia for trade and pilgrimage annually at about 100,000. Saudi Arabia is an oasis of security and stability as a result of the wise policies adopted by its leadership, the baroness said.

Speakers included Sir Alan Munro, former British Ambassador to the Kingdom, and senior representatives from SABB, Saudi Aramco, Maaden and other key Saudi and British private-sector companies.

This is the sixth such annual conference focusing on trade between Saudi Arabia and the UK. Last year, more than 250 delegates attended the conference.

The Middle East Association also leads two multi-sector trade missions to Saudi Arabia every year, a clear indication of the strength of trade between the two Kingdoms.