Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives princes, scholars, tribal delegations in Makkah

King Abdullah briefs Cabinet on the content of his talks and contacts with brotherly, friendly countries

Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif says Kingdom enjoys security, economic stability against all odds

Governor of Jazan launches projects worth 753 million rilas

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at the Royal Court in Al-Salam Palace a number of princes, scholars, dignitaries and senior officials in addition to a delegation representing Makkah region tribes, a host of the teaching staff members and students of King Abdulaziz University and a group of citizens who came to greet the Monarch.

Sheikh Dhafir bin Eimair Al-Shihri, a judge at the Administrative court in Jeddah Governorate delivered a speech to congratulate the King on his safe return home.

Then, the Rector of King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Osama bin Sadeq Tayyib addressed the audience, on behalf of the University's staff, and congratulated the King for safe return home, lauding the recently royal orders, decrees and decisions to the benefit of the Saudi citizen and society.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, thanked the audience and wished them all success.

The audience was attended by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of Intelligence General; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed, Advisor to the King and Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Chairman of the Presidency's Court of the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques prayed Allah Almighty that the health tests of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General in the United States, be successful, praying to Allah to preserve him and to return him safely to the homeland.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the talks and contacts that took place during the past days with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries on bilateral relations and latest developments at regional and international arenas, including the audience he held for President Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian National Authority, and the telephone calls he received from President Barack Obama of the United States and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet discussed the latest developments at the Arab, regional and international arenas.

The Cabinet confirmed the firm stances included in the final statement issued at the end of the 119th session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States, in regard to those events.

The Cabinet hailed the recommendations issued by the Conference of the Muslim Ummah Scholars held in Dakar on the initiative of President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. The Cabinet expressed thanks and appreciation of the Saudi Government and People for the participants in the conference for the good feelings they expressed towards the efforts of serving Islam and Muslims exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

On the local affairs, the Minister of Culture and Information pointed out that the Cabinet reviewed a number of activities, and highly esteemed the order made by the Monarch to allocate annually a sum of SR 476,000,000 to support Takaful Charitable Foundation which aims at assisting needy male and female students throughout schools of public education.

The Cabinet reaffirmed the importance of the 11th Scientific Forum for Hajj related researches and Hajj & Umrah exhibition, recently inaugurated by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior under the motto: 'Towards Achieving the Vision' which was attended by 1000 experts, interested in and researchers in the domain of Hajj & Umrah, from within and without the Kingdom.

The Cabinet also discussed a number of projects relating to the undergoing revamping, namely the project of Rite Sites Train which will, God willing, start during this Hajj season with full capacity to shuttle pilgrims through the holy sites, a move the Cabinet considers a response to the Kingdom's interest in and permanent keenness to providing all material and human accommodations, in accordance with scientifically-based plans, in order to promote services and facilities and avail them to the guests of Allah who come to the Two Holy Mosques and holy sites.

The Cabinet appreciated the performance, concerning the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Project to Improve the Judiciary, embodied in signing several contracts and Public Notary offices across the Kingdom's regions and computerizing the transactions and procedures in the judicial sectors.

The Cabinet lauded the holding of a forum for social service houses at Sharia courts and the Forum for reaching (reasoning) judicial verdicts, both of which were recently held by the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with international parties, in the context of scholarly domains and international reach out of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Project to Improve the Judiciary.

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

The Cabinet authorized the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Azerbaijani side a draft agreement in the field of the transfer of convicted persons with deprivation of freedom sentences between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Azerbaijan.

The Cabinet authorized Minister of Foreign Affair -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Cameroon side a draft agreement on general cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Cameroon.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of Saudi Company for Development and Technical Investment (Teqniah).

The Cabinet approved the final accounts of the General Organization of Grain Silos and Flour Mills for the fiscal year 1430/1431H.

The Cabinet approved two appointments of Ambassador and Plenipotentiary Minister as follows:

1- Dr. Adel bin Siraj bin Salah Mirdad appointed to the position of Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

2- Dr. Salem bin Khalid bin Ali Al-Nuwaissir appointed to the position of Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In Riyadh, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, patronized on Tuesday evening the graduation ceremony of the 9th course of cadets of Diploma in Security Sciences and the 40th qualification course at King Fahd Security College.

Upon arrival at the venue, the Prince was received by Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs.

Addressing the ceremony, Prince Naif said, 'We are celebrating a graduation ceremony of a group of citizens and brothers from Yemen. You have chosen works in the field of honor, service to religion, loyalty to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud and The Crown Prince, as well as service to the homeland and citizens and residents'.

He said 'We are all aware of heavy and great responsibilities of security men who endure hardships to maintain the security of the homeland, adding, 'Your adversaries are criminals who stand against the rights of Allah and the rights of the homeland. You are qualified to achieve your missions at best as your predecessors. Our trust in you is very great and I wish you all success'.

The ceremony was attended by a number of princes and officials.

On the other hand, Prince Mohammad Ibn Nasser Ibn Abdulaziz, Governor of Jazan Province will conduct an inspection tour of Fifa Center, open a number of developmental projects and lay foundation stones for other schemes involving a total capital expenditure of SR753,600,000.

These projects cover spheres of education, health and municipal schemes, roads, water, electricity and other fields, said the Deputy of the Principality of the Province's Governorate, Dr Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al-Suwaid.

He added that these projects also include the laying of foundation stones for a 50-bed Fifa Hospital, a primary school, markets, naming of streets, numbering of houses, improvement and development of informal settlements, gardens, parks and control of storm water and prevention of dangers of floods.

Meanwhile, A loan agreement and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Egyptian Premier Dr. Essam Sharaf and Saudi Ambassador to Egypt and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Arab League Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan.

The agreement was co-signed by Deputy President of Saudi Development Fund (SDF) and Managing Director Eng. Yousuf Al-Bassam on the Saudi side, and Minister of Electricity Dr. Hassan Yunus on the Egyptian side.

The loan agreement stipulates financing of power generation plant project in Banha at the cost of about $ 50 million with an annual rate of interest at 2 per cent to be repaid in 30 years with a 5 years as a period of grace, while the MoU concerns SDF contribution to an Egyptian development program which takes three forms, the first is to provide a donation of $ 200 million to finance small and medium sized enterprises, the second is to provide loans with lenient terms totaling $ 500 million to fund development projects of priority at an annual rate of interest of 2 per cent with a 5 years as a period of grace to be repaid in 30 years, while the third and last one in earmarked to fund non-oil Saudi exports to Egypt at the cost of $ 750 million.