Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives princes, citizens in Jeddah

King Abdullah: I appeal to you to observe God, love nation and seek honesty

Saudi Cabinet stresses necessity to unify efforts to push peace process ahead

King hails efforts to raise funds for Bosnia-Herzegovina Muslims, approves 18 salary scales

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at the Royal Court at Al-Salam Palace a number of princes, ministers, senior officials, Commanders and Officers of the Royal Guard, and a group of citizens from Makkah and Madinah Regions who came to greet the King on his safe arrival in Jeddah.

King Abdullah welcomed them and urged them to take care of their religion, motherland, to be sincere in their sayings and deeds in general and in their transactions in addition to treatment of their kin. The King stressed on sincerity because it is the capital of a human being.

Here are my greetings to the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the people of loyalty and good, the people of ethics grace to God, he added, pointing that he is no more than a servant of the people, rather he is less than a servant to the people, and that he does not go to sleep without being informed on what is taking place in every part of the Kingdom.

Then, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received a present of Taif governorate citizens, which was presented to him by the Governor of Taif governorate Fahd bin Abdulaziz bin Muammar.

The audience was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, President of General Intelligence, Prince Faisal bin Missad bin Abdulrahman and a number of princes.

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

At the outset of the session, the Cabinet thanked Allah Almighty for the comprehensive development and achievements accomplished by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the past six years under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Cabinet stressed that the development witnessed by the Kingdom embodies the King's strong desire to continue achieving comprehensive development for various sectors and to overcome all difficulties that impede the qualitative progress.

The Cabinet proudly recalled the gigantic projects and decisions approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques that met the interests of the country and citizens.

The Cabinet also hailed the King's pioneering role and efforts at international levels to serve Muslim and Arab causes and to support humanitarian issues and international righteous efforts.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the consultations and telephone calls of last week with a number of leaders of brotherly countries on the latest developments at the regional and international arenas, including the message he received from Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman and the telephone call with Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on the latest developments at regional and international arenas.

The Cabinet hailed the declaration issued by the Ministerial Meeting of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Indonesia to address the Palestinian cause as well as the statement issued by the Ministerial Committee of Arab Peace Initiative held in Doha.

The Cabinet stressed the importance of concerted efforts to push forward the peace process on relevant international legitimacy resolutions and in such a way that ensures the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and establishment of their independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.

On domestic front, Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet addressed a number of scientific, cultural and economic activities that took place during the last week in the Kingdom, including the 2nd International Forum and Exhibition of Gulf Environment and Sustainable Development as well as Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz International Contest for the Prophet's Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies.

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

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement in the field of fighting terrorism, organized crime and illicit trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, signed in Riyadh on 27/11/2010.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Moroccan side a draft agreement on customs cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The Cabinet approved an agreement on multimodal transport of goods among Arab countries which was approved by the Council of Arab League on 09/09/2009.

The Cabinet approved the addition of a new article to the Law of Real Estate Ownership and Investment by Non-Saudis which was issued according to Royal Decree No. (M/15) dated 17/04/1421H. The article shall read as follows: 'IX- The executive regulation of the Law shall be issued by a decision of the Council of Ministers.'

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of information technology and services between King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Advanced Computer Systems Development Center of the Ministry of Information Technology of the Republic of India, signed in Riyadh on 28/02/2010.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Saleh bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Sharyan appointed as of 01/07/1432H. to the post of Director General of Finance and Budget (Rank 15) at the Royal Saudi Air Force of the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and the Office of Inspector-General, transferring him from his current post of 'Director General of Control over Performance of General Organizations and Companies' (Rank 14) at the General Auditing Bureau.

2- Ali bin Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Bakri appointed to the post of Planning Expert (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

3- Yusuf bin Rashad bin Ali Abu Aish appointed to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4- Turki bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Madhi appointed to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the other hand, King Abdullah has expressed his thanks to Prince Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Province, who is also the Chairman of Supreme Commission for the Collection of Donations for the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the occasion of receiving a copy of a final report from the Commission on its achievements after the conclusion of its works.

In a reply cable, the King said 'We praise the Commission's good efforts and we pray to Allah Almighty to crown us with success in the assistance and service of Islam and Muslims.'

The king also issued a Royal Order (No. 4097/MB dated 25/06/1432H.), approving 18 salary scales for the state's civil employees effective from 25/06/1432H.

These scales were amended by the Royal Order No. A/23 dated 20/03/1432H. stating the inclusion of the cost of living allowance (15%) in the basic salary as well as the Royal Order No. A/62 dated 13/04/1432H. stating the adoption of SR 3000 as a minimum salary for the state's Saudi employees.

On this occasion, the Minister of Civil Service Mohamed bin Ali Al-Fayez thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his care given to the state's employees.