Saudi Cabinet welcomes national dialogue in Bahrain, the republic of South of Sudan

Cabinet calls for reforms in the face of Arab developments

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques urges enhancement of Arab League’s role

GCC Secretary-General denounces statements by Iran’s foreign minister on Bahrain

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

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the cabinet on the talks and consultations that took place during the last few days with officials from a number of brotherly countries, which focused on means of enhancing cooperation in addition to the developments at Islamic and Arab arenas. The King briefed the Cabinet on the audience he held for Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said that the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on the continuing crises and their developments in a number of Arab countries, stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen on the security, stability, unity and independence of Arab countries.

Therefore, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses again deep sorrow and grief over the casualties, including women and children, as a result of such crises, calling upon all to give priority to the voice of wisdom and reason, to stop bloodshed and to resort to serious reforms that ensure the rights and dignity of Arabs.

The Cabinet welcomed the launch of the National Dialogue in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as the formation of an independent fact-finding commission under the order of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to inquire about the incidents that took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Cabinet expressed satisfaction over the return of security and stability to the Kingdom of Bahrain, hailing the serious progress of reforms and development in the Kingdom of Bahrain and reiterating the Kingdom's rejection of any external interference that harms the interest of Bahrain, tries to tamper with the security of any GCC countries or stirs up sedition in GCC countries.

The Minister also said the Cabinet announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan, expressing hope that this will contribute to the restoration of security and stability in that region and achieve hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese people.

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

The Cabinet approved an agreement on general cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Hungary, signed in Budapest on 05/10/2010.

The Cabinet approved an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, signed in Riyadh on 04/01/2011.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Commerce and Industry -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Moroccan side a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the industrial field between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The Cabinet approved Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding for inspection and control of ships in the ports of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States.

The Cabinet approved the final accounts of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority for fiscal years (1427H./1428H.), (1428H./1429H.) and (1430H./1431H.).

The cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Salih bin Abdulkarim bin Abdullah Al-Mohaimeed appointed to the post of Undersecretary of the Governorate (Rank 15) at the Governorate of Northern Borders Region.

2- Ruqayyah bint Sulaiman bin Ali Al-Alola appointed to the post of Adviser for Education Affairs (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Education.

3- Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Hadlaq appointed to the post of Social Counselor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Social Affairs.

4- Saeed bin Eid bin Ibrahim Al-Eid appointed to the post of Cultural Attaché (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Higher Education.

Meanwhile, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his palace Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi and the accompanying delegation.

At the outset of the meeting, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques congratulated Dr. Al-Arabi, wishing him all success in enhancing the role of Arab League to achieve the hopes and aspirations of Arab countries and peoples.

During the meeting, they reviewed the overall situation and developments at the Arab arena.

The meeting was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; and Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed, Advisor to the King.

In Riyadh, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, has expressed his thanks to and appreciation of Finance Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Fund for Development Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf and the staff of the Fund for the Fund's achievements.

This came after the Prince has received the Fund's annual report for 1431-1432H. The report highlighted the Fund’s achievements in supporting development process and enhancing the Kingdom's economic relations with brotherly and friendly countries.

Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Province, who is also the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Madinah Foundation for Development of The Society, has approved a number of developmental and social programs of the Foundation.

The Foundation's Secretary General Dr. Bahjat Mahmoud Junaid has stressed that the programs aims to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development in Madinah Province.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah has directed that the name of the mining city of Ras Al-Zur be changed into Ras Al-Khair, as the new name gives sense, significance and profoundness.

In a press statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thinayyan, President of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, extended thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, for the continuous support of the wise leadership to the Royal Commission.

In Jeddah, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, received at his Jeddah office visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

During the meeting, bilateral relations between the two friendly countries were reviewed and regional and international current situations were discussed.

On the other hand, Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the Secretary General of the Riyadh-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), denounced media-circulated Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi statement on Bahrain in which he claimed that Iran defends and supports the rights of the people of Bahrain, describing such statements as flagrant interference in the affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and abuse of diplomatic traditions and norms and the requirements of good neighborhood.

In a press statement, Dr. Al-Zayani said the safeguard of the rights of the people of Bahrain is the responsibility of its prudent leadership who has decisively and firmly sought to enhance the country’s security, stability and national peace adopting courageous initiatives, led by the start of dialogue to reach national reconciliation and the formation of an independent fact-finding committee to enhance national unity and push the reforms and progress process in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Secretary General of the GCC affirmed that the statement by the Iranian foreign minister and other Iranian officials just reflect the continuation of the Iranian method of interference in internal affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the spread of confusing propaganda which go contrary to building natural relations between the two countries.

Al-Zayani called on the Iranian officials to rather pay attention to the human rights of the Iranian people and their repeated cry for freedom and dignity and to desist from their provocative role to implant the seeds of sedition and sectarian fracture which are considered as violations of the principles of good neighborhood, and international norms and laws.