Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques discusses with Palestinian President developments of peace process

Saudi Cabinet to consider with Russia nuke cooperation deal

Saudi Arabia launches 5th relief aid to disadvantaged areas in Pakistan

Prince Turki asserts keenness of Saudi Arabia to keep tension, disputes at bay from Middle East region

Saudi-Kuwaiti deal on movement by ID enters into effect

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 talks he held with President Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Chairman of the Palestinian National Authority, on the developments of the Palestinian cause as well as the exerted efforts to put the peace process back on track.

The talks also dealt with the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities on this issue in order to achieve a just and comprehensive peace which guarantees for the Palestinian people the establishment of their independent state on their national soil with Al-Quds as its capital in accordance with the international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques renewed Saudi Arabia's stance with and support for all efforts that aim at achieving such objective. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also briefed the Cabinet on the telephone call he received from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on the preparations of various sectors concerned with serving the pilgrims who began arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

Dr. Khoja said the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques urged all to exert efforts to serve domestic as well as foreign pilgrims in performing Hajj rituals since their arrival through the Kingdom's ports until their departure.

Dr. Khoja also said that the Cabinet highly appreciated the contents of the speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques delivered at the International Conference on the effects of Masses and Crowded Gatherings on Public Health, which is considered the first conference of its kind in the world.

The Cabinet praised the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to establish a modern discipline in Medicine concerned with this phenomenon.

The Cabinet also expressed appreciation for the conference participants' commendation of the experience of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field of awareness-raising and in dealing with human crowds of different nationalities and cultures within limited geographic and time scopes during Hajj and Umrah seasons.

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

The Cabinet approved the application of the charter regulating the affairs of the personnel of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities to the staff of the sector of antiquities and museums within the Commission until the issuance of the unified charter regulating the affairs of the personnel of Public organizations, authorities, and Funds.

The Cabinet approved the system of state revenues. A royal decree to this effect is being issued.

The Cabinet approved amending paragraphs: 1, 3 and 4 of the provision (Thirdly) of the Cabinet decision no: (21) dated on 29/01/1430, and the paragraphs shall read as follows:

1- Ending of the engagement between Kharj Agricultural scheme and Irrigation and Drainage Organization in Ahsa and annexing it to the animal resources sector of the Ministry of Agriculture, terminating the processing of milk and its marketing, but keeping the Bank of Genetics and Artificial Fertilization Centre and its main and auxiliary services, both the administrative and housing, and all employees in the scheme, attached to Ministry of Agriculture, which will provide the Technical College in Kharj, affiliated to the General Corporation for Technical and Vocational Training, with cow milk to take advantage of it in training according to a mechanism to be set, on agreement, between the Ministry and the Corporation.

2- Allocating to the Technical College in Kharj, which is an affiliate with the General Corporation for Technical and Vocational Training, a land plot of 315,973 sqm of the land of the Agricultural Scheme of Kharj and another land plot from the Scheme of 267,800 sqm, on which already stand the barns, the milking unit, and the processing unit, in addition to the mud-made buildings on a plot of 52,170 sqm.

3- The General Corporation for Technical and Vocational Training will supervise and maintain the mud-made buildings with a size of 52,170 sqm that comprise the barns, the milking unit and the old processing unit.

Having reviewed a report submitted by the Minister of Finance, the Cabinet approved the following:

1- Owning a land prior to applying for a loan from the Real Estate Development Fund is no longer a condition.

2- Setting the loan in all regions of the Kingdom at SRs 300,000.

3- The Real Estate Development Fund will:

a- Set up a mechanism for cooperation between the Fund and other financial and commercial institutions to grant additional finances to those who already owe the Fund.

b- Updating the Fund's system to be compatible with the system of the General Housing Authority, related regulations, new developments and submitting them.

The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy - or his deputy - to discuss with the Russian side a draft agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Russian Federation on cooperation in the peaceful application of nuclear energy, sign it in light of a formula attached to the decision, and forward the final signed version for the completion of the regulatory process.

Meanwhile, under the directives of King Abdullah and the patronage of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior who is also the Supervisor General of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the Pakistani People, the Saudi ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer launched the fifth convoy of good within the land relief bridge driven by the campaign from the capital Islamabad to the various flood-affected areas of Pakistan.

On this occasion, the ambassador Al-Ghadeer delivered a speech in which he made clear that the launch of this convoy comes as a part of the humanitarian stances of the People and Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques towards the fraternal people of Pakistan affected by floods.

For his part, Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Othomani, Regional Director of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the people of Pakistan said that the fifth convoy, which was launched consists of (250) truck laden with (2500) tons of relief items, including foodstuffs packed in baskets and (5000) water-proof tents which will be distributed on ( 53,000) family affected by floods in (19) area affected by floods around regions of Pakistan.

The occasion of launching the fifth convoy was attended by a number of Pakistani ministers and senior officials in the Pakistani government as well as a number of members of the Saudi team of volunteers who accompany the convoys.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr Farooq Sattar, Federal Minister for Pakistani Expatriates Affairs, said that Pakistan is proud of its fraternal relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

'We found our Saudi brothers stand always by us side by side whenever Pakistani people passed in any distress or difficult circumstances, and they feel the pain we are suffering and provide assistance to the Pakistani people as if they provided to their own people', the Pakistani minister added.

Dr. Sattar also stressed that the kingdom embodied the concept of substantial assistance through the ongoing support provided by and through the presence of the Saudi Ambassador personally in the affected areas to distribute aid to those affected.

He noted that the fifth convoy of good contains a massive and variety Saudi aid, reflecting the interest of Saudi Arabia to serve humanity, especially that the Saudi aid still continues to flow to the flood victims with the same strength and size.

The Pakistani official concluded his statement repeating deep thanks of the Government and people of Pakistan to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in particular and the Government of the Kingdom and the noble Saudi people in general for their unparalleled humanitarian support.

In Washington, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, President of King Faisal Center for Islamic Researches and Studies has stressed the keenness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on making the Middle East, a region of peace and harmony, free from conflicts and all causes of tensions.

He also re-affirmed Saudi Arabia's support for efforts to make the Middle East, a region free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

In a speech delivered at the 19th Annual Conference of the Council of Arab-U.S. Relations, which began in Washington DC, he highlighted the wise approach and clear vision in the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud for peace in the Middle East which has gained a consensus from 22 Arab countries and 56 Member States of the Organization of the Conference Islamic, as well as other countries around the world. 'However, the United States, which considered the Arab peace initiative, as a cornerstone of the peace, has not pushed Israel to accept it.'

The Prince reviewed Saudi efforts to achieve Makkah agreement between Palestinian parties, stressing Saudi Arabia's continuing political and material support for the Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas.

On the other hand, Gen. Salim Al-Belaihed, Director General of the Passport, said that the citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are able to move through the official crossing points by Identity Card starting from the morning of October 22, 2010.

In a statement, Al-Belaihed added that this step reflects the brotherly existing relations between the two countries.