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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Muhiedine Khoja said the Cabinet reviewed a number of domestic and international issues, including the stalled direct negotiations between Palestine and Israel as a result of Israeli insistence on no settlement freeze in the occupied territories. In this regard, the Kingdom renewed its call for the international community to compel Israel to comply with principals of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy and to restore the extorted rights to the people of Palestine and freeze settlement activities.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet discussed the cultural, scientific, economic and social events in the Kingdom during the week; a number of conferences and cultural activities were conducted under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques including the international conference of 'the Prophet of Mercy, Muhammad peace be upon him'; the Conference of the Saudi International Technology, Space and Aviation; the Second National Conference on e-Government; the Third National Conference for Quality; the Second Forum of Cooperative Societies; and the launching of the cultural market of Okaz. He stressed that these activities reflect the keenness of the Kingdom to achieve further excellence in various fields.

Dr. Khoja noted the formal discussions between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan under the chairmanship of Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Serik Baymaganbetov during his visit to the Kingdom. The two sides concluded an agreement between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan in the fields of combating terrorism, organized crimes, illegal trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances. Dr. Khoja stressed the depth of relations between the two countries and their keenness to develop them in various fields.

Minister of Culture and Information said the Cabinet then reviewed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Approval of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of civil defense between the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Yemen, signed in Tunis on the 16th of March 2010.

The Approval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's accession to the Mutual Agreement on the Safety of Consumed Fuel and Safety of Radioactive Waste.

The Approval of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of Islamic Affairs and Endowments between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the State of Kuwait, signed in Jeddah on the 28th of October 2010.

The authorization of the Minister of Finance, or his deputy, to discuss with the Syrian side a draft of a memorandum of Cooperation on exchanging expertise in the domain of tax between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance, or his deputy, to discuss with the Korean side a draft memorandum of understanding on reciprocal assistance concerning the sound application of customs act and deterrence, detection and combat of customs violations between the Customs Department of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Customs Administration of the Republic of Korea.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Sultan bin Ibrahim Al-Yahiya is appointed as Regulatory Expert A (Rank 15) at the Board of Experts of the Cabinet.

2- Abdullah bin Ahmed Abdullah Al-Amer is appointed as Director General of the office of the Head of the National Guard for Confidential Affairs (Rank 14) at the Presidency of the National Guard.

3- Adnan bin Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Mandeel is appointed as minister plenipotentiary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4- Naif bin Thieb bin Naif bin Abboud, appointed as minister plenipotentiary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

5- Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulaziz bin Hamad Al-Jarba is appointed as Regulatory Expert B (Rank 14) at the Board of Experts of the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah emphasized the importance of applying quality standards and excellence in all public and private manufacturing and service sectors, benefiting from leading and distinguished experiences in the field of quality, and employing the best practices to achieve the Vision of the Kingdom 2020 'Saudi Arabia, with its products and services, a global standard for quality and perfection. '

In a speech delivered on the King's behalf by Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmed Zainal at the opening ceremony of the 3rd National Conference of Quality, entitled 'Quality, The Way for Universality' organized by Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO), in cooperation with the National Committee for Quality, Saudi Council of Quality and the Ministry of Education, the King said, 'The realization of the Kingdom's ambitious strategy in the field of quality requires the performance of our roles at the global levels to support the competitiveness of our products and services and to give them added values to compete at international markets.'

In his speech, the Governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO) Nabil Bin Amin Mulla pointed out that this conference reflects the keenness of the leadership to adopt the concepts of quality and spreading its culture in all productive and service sectors as prerequisites of strategies that various nations and peoples seek to apply to achieve the distinguished levels to support the plans and programs of sustainable development.

King Abdullah received at his palace the Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. James Mattis and the accompanying delegation.

During the audience, the U.S. official conveyed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the greetings of President Barack Obama of the United States of America and in turn the King extended his greetings and appreciation of the U.S. President.

During the audience, a number of issues of common interest to both countries was reviewed.

The audience was attended by Prince Meqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and member of the Cabinet and President of the Court of the Cabinet Presidency in addition to the Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom James B. Smith.

The Chief of General Staff, General Saleh Al-Mohayya received the Commander of U.S. Central Command General James N. Mattis.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest between the two countries.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Hussein Al-Qabeel.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also President of Supreme Commission of Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud International Award for Prophet's Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies, has approved the formation of new Commission under his chairmanship in its 3rd session as follows:

- Prince Saud Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Vice President and General Supervisor of the Award,

- Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Deputy General Supervisor,

- Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Saud bin Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Member,

- Prince Nawaf Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Member,

- Prince Mohammed Ibn Saud Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Member,

- Prince Fahd Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Member.

The Commission will also include the following prominent scholars and Islamic personalities as members:

- Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Homaid, Imam of the Holy Mosque in Makkah and President of the Supreme Council of Magistracy.

- Sheikh Abdullah bin Manie, Advisor at the Royal Court, and Member of the Senior Scholar Council,

- Dr. Abdullah Nassif, former Deputy Speaker of Majlis Al-Shura,

- Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference,

- Sheikh Asghar Ali Imam, the Secretary General of Ahl Al-Hadith Society in India,

- Dr. Abu Bakr Abdullah Dakori, Advisor to Burkina Faso's President,

- Dr. Adel Al-Moawdah, Member House of Representatives of Bahrain,

- Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, Advisor to Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, and the Secretary of the Award,

- Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Al-Okla, President of the Islamic University,

- Dr. Zain Al- Abidin Al-Rikabi, Islamic Thinker and Researcher.

On the other hand, Prince Naif expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the former members of the Commission, congratulating new members of the Commission, and wishing them success in the service of Prophet's Sunnah.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Al-Harthi pointed out that this new formation comes in accordance with the regulations to form the Commission with new members for four years to contribute to the development of plans and policy of the Award, approval of its regulations, selection of its topics, and approval of candidates for the Award.

Prince Naif expressed thanks to King Saud University (KSU) after a number of its faculties won the academic accreditation within its development programs. Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud thanked, in particular, Dr. Abdullah Al-Othman, Rector of the KSU and its staff for this great accomplishment, wishing success to all.

For his part and on behalf of his own name and all university' staff, Dr. Al-Othman extended thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and Second Deputy Premier for their continued support of KSU.