Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques gives directives to Saudi ambassadors-designate to defend their people’s interests

Saudi Cabinet praises efforts of King Abdullah, Gulf leaders to sign Yemen crisis-settling deal

Yemen thanks Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques over patronizing Yemen’s power transfer deal

Defense minister Prince Salman stresses keenness on developing Armed Forces’ medical services in Riyadh

Overall Saudi condemnation of Qatif incidents amidst calls to bring culprits to trial

A number of Saudi ambassadors-designate took the oath before the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during an audience at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh.

They were Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Dayel, the ambassador-designate to Niger; Mustafa bin Ibrahim Al-Mubarak, the ambassador-designate to Indonesia; Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Rashid, the ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Malaysia; Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati, the ambassador-designate to India; Hisham bin Mishal Al-Suwailem, the ambassador-designate to Ghana; Mansour bin Atiatallah Al-Mazmomi, the ambassador-designate to Singapore; Hani bin Abdullah Momenah, the ambassador-designate to Tanzania; and Thahir bin Metash Al-Onazi, the ambassador-designate to Burkina Faso.

Following the oath session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques urged them to serve their religion, country and Saudi people.

The ambassadors thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the royal confidence he bestowed on them, vowing to work hard to follow his advice and meet their peoples' aspirations.

The audience was attended by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Ala'eddin Al-Askari, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah chaired the Cabinet session which was held at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh.

At the outset of the session, in his own name and on behalf of the Saudi government and people, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques congratulated Arab and Islamic nations on the new Hijri year 1433H, asking Allah Almighty to be a year of peace to the Arab and Islamic nations as well as the world, and that all crises witnessed at international arenas come to an end so that whole world may enjoy security and stability.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques then briefed the Cabinet on discussions and consultations that took place last week with a number of friendly countries and their envoys on the latest regional and international developments, including the telephone call he received from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information, said the Cabinet reviewed the latest developments at the Arab arena, lauding the signing of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to resolve the Yemeni crisis by the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the representatives of the Yemeni government, and the Joint Meeting Parties on the executive mechanism of the initiative in the presence of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Cabinet highly appreciated the efforts exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and GCC leaders which led to the signing of the initiative in order to stop the bloodshed between the brothers in the Republic of Yemen and to preserve Yemen's unity, security and stability.

The Cabinet expressed the hope of the Kingdom of the Arab Saudi Arabia that the signing of this initiative will be the end of the conflict and the people of Yemen will enjoy security and stability as well as achieve their ambitions and aspirations in building a bright future.

The cabinet noted the efforts of the Arab League Council at the level of Foreign Ministers on the situation in Syria, pointing to the decisions issued in this regard, stressing the keenness of the Arab States on protecting the people of Syria.

The Minister of Culture and Information added that the Cabinet welcomed the speech of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain on the occasion of the Bahraini king's receipt of the final report of the independent commission investigating the facts of the events that Bahrain suffered, praising the sincere efforts and firm desire of the Bahraini king to reveal the facts in all transparency and integrity, confirm the rule of law, and ensure justice so that the Kingdom of Bahrain can enjoy security, stability and prosperity.

The Cabinet addressed a number of events and activities that took place during the week in a number of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries including the tenth meeting of the Joint Defense Council of the Ministers of Defense in Abu Dhabi; the 121st meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs preparing for the 32nd session of the Supreme Council of the GCC in Riyadh; and the 8th Future Forum of the Group of Eight and the Middle East and North Africa in Kuwait.

The Cabinet stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination among the GCC countries to face all developments in order to preserve security and stability of the region and ensure normal growth and thoughtful development, stressing that the countries of the GCC are able to maintain their gains in various areas and have proved their leading role in maintaining security and stability in the region in light of the serious developments which have passed since the establishment of the GCC in 1981.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet reviewed a number of conferences and scientific, technical, economic, cultural and social meetings held in a number of cities during the past days.

Dr. Khoja then said the Cabinet discussed domestic matters on its agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Cabinet approved a number of procedures regarding claims of jurisdiction between the Control and Investigation Board (CIB) and the Commission for Investigation and Prosecution (CIP) regarding article (25) of the criminal procedure regulation.

The cabinet approved the increase of the Kingdom's contribution to the capital of the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit from 13,500 shares to 60,000 shares.

The cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance to subscribe to the amount of shares necessary to maintain the kingdom as the largest owner of the shares of the Corporation after the Islamic Development Bank in case of the existence of a financing gap of the IPO to increase the capital of the Corporation.

The Cabinet approved accession of the Ministry of Social Affairs to the membership of the Anti-Money Laundering Committee.

The Cabinet approved the national strategy for the transportation.

The Cabinet approved transferring Abdullah bin Ali bin Mohammed bin Melfi from the post of Adviser for the Classification and Employment Affairs (rank 15) to the post of Undersecretary of Ministry of Civil Service (rank 15).

On the other hand, Yemeni Shoura Council extended thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for hosting and helping the Yemeni government and opposition factions to reach conciliation agreement in Riyadh.

In a statement issued in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, the Shoura Council of Yemen confirmed that the signatories will live up to their words to open a new page in Yemen.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, accompanied by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, visited the General Directorate of Medical Services of the Armed Forces.

Upon arrival at the venue, they were received by Chief of General Staff, General Hussein Al-Qabil; Director General of the Office of the Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Al-Bunyan; and Director General of General Directorate of Medical Services of the Armed Forces, Major General Dr. Kattab bin Eid Al-Otaibi.

The Military Medical Complex is located on an area of 9000 square kilometers with a capacity of 3,500 beds in addition to 7,500 housing units.

In a Visitors Register, Prince Salman wrote that he will work for the development of the Directorate to fulfill its mission and duties, wishing all further development and progress in the provision of medical services and health care for personnel of the Armed Forces and citizens.

On the other hand, further to the statement issued on 11/6/1432 AH on what had been done by a number of rioters in some provinces of the Eastern region, an official source at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) said that a number of security checks and vehicles in the province of Qatif came under gunfire attacks by those aggressors in an escalating way since last Monday, 25/12/1432 H, inciting and dictating by foreign malicious plans.

The source also said that the security forces engaged in those locations under circumstances as required and they showed restraint as far as possible.

The accident resulted in the killing (2) citizens and the injury of (6), including a woman and two security with shots, he added.

The MOI's official source also pointed out that the funeral of one of the two deceased coincided with multiple incidents of exchanging of gunfire, burning of containers and the closure of some roads which resulted in the deaths of (2) and injury of (3) citizens.

The interior ministry's official source also said that since these injuries occurred as a result of the exchange of gunfire with unknown criminal elements who have infiltrated among citizens and are firing from inside residential areas and narrow streets, all procedures authorized have been taken to investigate those casualties and find out those who are responsible in order to preserve the rights of citizens and ensure their safety.

The ministry also made clear that it realizes that the goal of the rioters is to achieve the suspected objectives dictated to them by their masters abroad in an attempt to drag citizens and security forces to absurd confrontations, and therefore it warns all wishing to override the laws that the deterrent punishment will be applied accordingly and that security forces stationed in the area are entitled and empowered to deal with the situation to contain such criminal practices.

Majlis Al-Shura expressed regret for the incidents that took place in Qatif in the Eastern Region, resulting in deaths and injuries among citizens and security men.

This came during the 63rd ordinary session of Majlis Al-Shura presided over by its speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh.

In a statement read by Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, Majlis Al-Shura Secretary General, the 'Majlis expresses its deep regret for this criminal act which is a clear violation of all regulations in our country'.

Majlis Al-Shura lauded the wisdom of the security men in dealing with those events in order to preserve the innocents, maintaining security, and eliminating such strife which only serves the enemies of this country.

The statement added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, has preserved to maintain the optimal relationship with its citizens in different regions, sponsoring the security, supporting for the needy and opening doors for the citizens.

'Majlis Al-Shura confirms its support for all actions taken by the leadership to prevent such events and other similar terrorist acts in any region of our country,' the statement said.

Majlis Al-Shura also stresses the need to bring the offenders to the competent courts to be punished for their disgraceful actions.

Then, Majlis Al-Shura discussed a number of topics listed on its agenda.