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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 highlighted the leading position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Arab and international level under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, stressing that the participation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the G20 Summit held in Canada reflects this position as well as the prudent economic policy adopted by the Kingdom.

Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz commended the meetings and consultations the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held with the leaders of G20, praising the speech King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered at the G20 Summit. In his speech, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addressed the global economic conditions, financial systems and developments in oil markets, support for developing countries (particularly the poor countries), and international trade issues.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz also stressed the importance of reforming global financial systems to avert global economic crises in the future. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took several measures in the field of fiscal and monetary policy in order to address the global financial and economic crisis, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen said the Cabinet listened to a report on regional and international developments. In this regard, the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's condemnation of the decision taken by the Israeli government to demolished 22 Palestinian houses north of the occupied city of Al-Quds. The Kingdom condemned this decision as part of the Israeli policy of settlement expansion.

On the occasion of World Drug Day which fell on June 26, the Cabinet called for joint regional and international efforts to combat this scourge, raise awareness of its dangers, and protect the societies from this evil. The Cabinet hailed the outstanding efforts exerted by the Council of Arab Interior Ministers to combat drugs.

Concluding his statement, the Minister said the cabinet then continued discussion of its agenda and issued the following decisions:

First:

The Cabinet authorized the Second Deputy Prime, Minister and Minister of Interior or his deputy to discuss with the Tajik side a draft cooperation agreement on combating crime between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, to sign it in light of the text attached to the decision and then submit the final signed version for completion of the necessary legal procedures.

Second:

After reviewing a report submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and after consideration of the Shoura Council's resolution No. (26/14) dated on 26/4/1431 AH, the Cabinet, decided, according to the text attached to the decision, to approve the Saudi Arabia's accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerning sale of children, child prostitution, and exploitation of children in pornography which was adopted by the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations number (54/263) dated 05.25.2000 G.

A royal decree to this effect has been prepared.

Third:

After reviewing a report submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and after consideration of the Shoura Council's decision No. (25/14) dated 26/4/1431 AH, the Cabinet decided, according to the text attached to the decision, to approve the accession of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerning involvement of children in armed conflict which adopted by resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations number (54/263) dated 05/25/2000.

A royal decree to this effect has been prepared.

Fourth:

After reviewing a report submitted by the Minister of Transport and after consideration of the Shoura Council decision No. (102/73) dated 16/2/1431 AH, the Cabinet decided to approve a Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Sudan in the field of maritime transport signed in the city of Jeddah on 30/6/1430 H, corresponding to 06/23/2009 G., according to the text attached to the decision.

A royal decree to this effect has been prepared.

Fifth:

After reviewing a report submitted by the Minister of Transport and after consideration of the Shoura Council decision No. (102/73) dated 16/2/1431 AH, the Cabinet decided to approve a Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Sudan in the field of transportation of passengers and goods on land roads signed in the city of Jeddah on 30/6/1430 H, corresponding to 06/23/2009, according to the text attached to the decision.

A royal decree to this effect has been prepared.

Sixth:

After reviewing a report submitted by Minister of Communications and Information Technology on the first evaluation report on conversion of government agencies to e-government transactions for the year (1428 H), the cabinet approved a number of measures including the amendment of paragraphs (22) and (23) of the controls of the application of e-Government transactions issued according to the decision of the Cabinet No. (40) dated 27/02/1427 H. The amended items should read as follows:

A- paragraph (22): Each government agency shall measure the extent to which the e-Government has been adopted every six months according to indicators and mechanisms to be set and supported by the program to enable government agencies to measure their shift continuously throughout the year. These indicators shall be included in the annual report of the agency.

A copy of it shall be sent to the program.

B- paragraph (23): An annual general report- prepared by the program- shall be sent to the King; it should illustrate the extent to which the shift of government agencies have adopted e-government transactions according to the indicators described in paragraph (22) above.'

Seventh:

The Cabinet approved two appointments as follows:

1- Saad bin Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Saadi is appointed to the position of undersecretary of the governorate for security affairs (rank 15) at the Governorate of Riyadh Region.

2- Dr. Ibrahim Bin Suleiman Bin Ibrahim Aldraibi is appointed to the position of assistant undersecretary of the governorate for security affairs (rank 14) at the Governorate of Asir Region as of the date of the termination of his military service.

Meanwhile, Prince Sultan received at his office at the Royal Court at Al-Salam Palace New Zealand's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Trevor Matheson who came to bid farewell to the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the end of his term of office as Ambassador of his country to the Kingdom.

The audience was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; and a number of princes and officials.

On Tuesday, Prince Sultan received at his office at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation in Jeddah a number of princes and senior officials and a group of citizens.

The audience was attended by Prince Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman; Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; and a number of princes and officials.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, has sent a cable of condolences to Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman on the death of his Special Representative Thuwaini Bin Shihab Al Said.

A similar cable of condolences has also been sent to Oman's Sultan by Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, received at his office in Jeddah Pakistan's Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mohammed A'azam Khan, who was accompanied by the Pakistani ambassador to the Kingdom Omer Khan Ali Sherzi.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed a number of issues of mutual concern to the two countries, including the exchange of visits and experience as well as security and technology cooperation.

For his part, the Pakistani minister lauded the strong relations binding the two countries, wishing continuity for the current cooperation in all fields.

The meeting was attended by Major general Saud bin Saleh Al-Dawood, Director General of the Ministry of Interior's Office for Studies and Research, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Ansari, Acting Director General for Legal Affairs and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Interior.

Prince Naif also received at his office in Jeddah a number of Saudi ambassadors-designate to some countries. They were Faisal bin Hamid Mua'alla, ambassador-designate to Sudan; Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh to Czech; Turki bin Mohammed Al-Madi to Argentina and Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Aba-Nammi to Venezuela.

At the outset of the audience, Prince Naif congratulated them on the royal confidence bestowed on them, wishing them success in their missions.

He confirmed the keenness of the government on the safety of Saudi citizens abroad same as that at home, urging them to strictly and properly represent their country.

For their part, the ambassadors-designate thanked Prince Naif for giving them the chance to meet him and take his advice.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdullah Al-Ansari, Acting Director General for Legal Affairs and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Interior.

Prince Naif also received the chairman and members of the board of directors of the Saudi Engineers' Commission.

During the meeting, Prince Naif highlighted the importance of the Saudi Engineers' Commission a reference for government's ministries, engineers saying matters should be in the hands of competent engineers working for the interest of citizens and homeland.

The second deputy premier also received at his office in Jeddah Egypt's ambassador to the Kingdom Mahmoud Mohammed Oaf who conveyed to him the greetings of Egypt's Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adli.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed a number of issues of mutual concern to the two countries, including security matters.

Prince Naif said 'Security cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Egypt is in its best shape as Egypt's security is as important to us as our security'.

The meeting was attended by Major general Saud bin Saleh Al-Dawood, Director General of the Ministry of Interior's Office for Studies and Research, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Ansari, Acting Director General for Legal Affairs and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Interior.