Saudi Cabinet hails France’s initiative to launch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations

Cabinet stresses importance of prioritizing national interests above any other objectives

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques discusses with Kuwait’s PM regional developments

Jordanian parliament speaker praises Saudi Arabia’s stances

Saudi Fund for Development contributes to financing 24 projects

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 he held with King Abdullah II of Jordan, reaffirming the depth of brotherly relations binding the two countries and the keenness to promote cooperation between them, and that the Kingdom is standing beside its sisterly the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in every way that may secure the mutual interest of the two fraternal peoples.

He, also, briefed the Cabinet on the content of a message he received from the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.

Following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said, in a press statement he made to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), that the session has listened to a number of reports on the current events and their fallouts on the Arab arena, stressing the importance of giving priority to the national interests above any other goals in order to achieve security and stability and to stem bloodshed.

In the context of the Cabinet's follow-up of the international endeavors aiming at reviving the peace process in the Middle East, the Cabinet expressed welcome to the Republic of France's initiative to launch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on the basis of Israeli withdrawal to the borders of 1967, to start negotiations on borders and security, to pave the way for tackling the other crucial issues ahead among which the topic of Al-Quds within a limited period and reaching the goal of establishing the independent Palestinian state in the context of two-states solution within a timetable not to exceed a year.

On the other hand, the Cabinet congratulated the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization Ban Ki Moon on the occasion of being re-elected for another term, wishing him all success and luck to carry on performing his duties in order to secure peace, security and stability for the world’s peoples.

On the local affairs, the Minister pointed out that the Cabinet has congratulated the graduates, males and females, in all stages of education, and that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has directed to provide all opportunities to enroll graduates, males and females, of general secondary education certificate in universities, colleges and institutes of their choices, and to provide employment opportunities for all graduates and job-seekers, showing the importance of continuing efforts exerted in both public and private sectors in order to implement the noble royal order no: A/121 dated 3/7/1432H.

Following that, Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet has proceeded to discuss its agenda and issued the following decisions:

1- The Cabinet approved payments scales of health and military jobs.

2- The Cabinet approved paying those at health and military scales the similar allowances paid to their civilian counterparts.

3- Health bodies affiliated to military sectors shall provide housing for physicians and dentists through implementing housing building projects. Till that is ready, the relevant body shall provide housing units and conclude contracts in the name of the physicians and dentists. While the hiring payment shall be funded by the allocation of hiring, the annual cost of a single unit shall not exceed the sum of SR 50,000.

The Cabinet approved a request of the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior to add the Director General of Anti-Narcotics to the membership of the National Committee of Anti-Narcotics.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Justice - or his deputy - to talk with the French side on a draft agreement in the domain of judicial relations between the Ministry of Justice in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Justice in the Republic of France and to sign it.

Having reviewed a report submitted by the President of King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology on amending paragraph (C) of item (1/8) of the National Plan to Respond to Radioactive and Nuclear Emergencies (NPRRNE) issued by the Cabinet resolution no: (263) dated 1/9/1429, the Cabinet approved amending paragraph (C) of item (1/8) to read as follows: 'This plan is to be reviewed by NPRRNE, on a periodic basis, that is once per annum in the first three years following its approval, and then once every two years, and the committee may suggest amending it, and the amendment is to be approved by the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.'

The Cabinet approved appointments at Rank 14 of the following:

1- Yousuf bin Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Khizaim appointed to the post of plenipotentiary minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2- Adnan bin Mahmud bin Muhammad Bustaji appointed to the post of plenipotentiary minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

3- Nasser bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Dahmash appointed to the post of Secretary General of Court at the Ministry of Justice.

4- Dr. Marwan bin Hassan bin Muhammad Ismail appointed to the post of Legal Counselor at the Secretariat General of the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah received at his palace Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Premier.

The King and the Premier held a meeting, during which they reviewed prospects of cooperation between the two brethren countries and means to consolidate them in all fields in order to serve the interests of the two fraternal countries and peoples and promote the march of the GCC joint action as well as the whole events and developments at Islamic and Arab arenas.

The meeting was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Meqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Abdullah bin Ahmed Zainal, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

On the Kuwait side, the meeting was attended by Al-Sabah's accompanying official delegation.

Sheikh Nasser and his accompanying delegation performed the Umrah rituals.

Upon their arrival at the Holy Mosque of Makkah, they were received by a number of officials.

Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, held at his palace on Monday a dinner party in honor of Sheikh Nasser and his accompanying delegation currently on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The banquet was attended by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Province; Prince Saud Al-Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Muqrin Ibn Abdulaziz, President of General Intelligence Presidency; Prince Saud Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for Public Affairs; Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs; Prince Mohammed Ibn Saud Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz; Abdullah bin Ahmed Zaynal, Minister of Commerce and Industry; and a number of officials.

On the other hand, Speaker of Jordanian Parliament Faisal Al-Fayez hailed relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, describing it as distinct at all arenas.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that Jordan is bound to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by deep-rooted ties and based on mutual respect and both Islamic and Arab fraternity.

The Saudi support for Jordan's endeavor to join the Gulf Cooperation Council is emanating from the satisfaction of wise leadership ahead of which is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with the common divisors historically extended and geographically spread, which are binding Jordan to Arab Gulf states.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Development Fund financed 24 developmental projects and programs worth more than SR 2.4 billion in 2010, an increase of 23 percent compared to 2009.

In its annual report, the Fund has pointed out that as many as 21 countries in Africa, Asia and other continents benefited from these finances.

In Riyadh, Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf received Malaysian finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

During the meeting, they discussed issues pertaining to economy and investment between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf received Bangladeshi finance minister Abu Maal Abdulmuhith.

During the meeting, they discussed ways of enhancing economic relations between the two countries in addition to signing loan from the Saudi Fund for Development for the Government of Bangladesh.